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Archive for the ‘Seafood’ Category

21

May

2011

Oven Broiled Tilapia

We are making an effort to incorporate more fish into our diet as a family. So we are delighted to share with you another very easy and delicious dish with Tilapia as the star ingredient. The end result? A mild and soft fish plus a much healthier alternative to pan frying.

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1 pound fresh farmed Tilapia (4 pieces of fillet)
Pam or Canola oil cooking spray
½ teaspoon salt

Sauce:
1 scallion, including green top
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice or cooking sherry wine
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon red hot chili oil

Preparation:
Rinse the fish with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Spray Pam or Canola oil on both sides of the fish. Line a large flat pan with tinfoil (for easy cleanup). Arrange the fish in the pan, sprinkle the top of the fish with ½ teaspoon of salt and set aside. Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop. Peel and finely grate the ginger root. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

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To Cook:
Preheat oven to broil. Place the fish on the top rack of the oven. There should be approximately 4 inches of space between the heat and the rack. Leave the oven door ajar, about 3 inches. Broil the fish for 5 minutes then using a spatula, turn the fish over to the other side and broil for 3 minutes. Pour the sauce evenly on top of the fish. Broil for just 1 minute more and remove from the heat. The fish should be tender and juicy. Be sure to pour the sauce from the pan over the fish to serve.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 9 minutes


11

Nov

2010

Shrimp With Lobster Sauce

What? No lobster in lobster sauce! Yes, it’s true. This is a Cantonese style dish with no lobster despite the recipe’s popular title. Reason being, the same popular sauce is used to prepare stir-fry fresh lobsters. Restaurants will often add chopped fermented black beans however you can’t buy them from regular supermarkets. So for the purposes of this all-American recipe, I am leaving them out of this dish. Shrimp with Lobster Sauce tastes best over a bowl of hot steamed rice. Enjoy!

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1 pound medium size raw shrimp (31 to 40 per pound)
¼ pound lean fresh ground pork
2 eggs
2 cloves garlic
1 scallion, including the green top
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup chicken broth

Marinade:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
½ teaspoon salt

Preparation:
Peel and devein the shrimp. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. In a medium size bowl, combine shrimp with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. In a small bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs. Crush, peel and finely chopped the garlic. Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop. In another small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the garlic and onions for just a few seconds. Add the ground pork to wok, cook and stir for about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and black pepper. Mix well then add shrimp. Stir-fry the shrimp for about 1 minute before the shrimp turns pink. Add 1 cup chicken broth to wok and bring it to a boil. Stir the cornstarch again and slowly add to wok. Stir until the sauce becomes slightly thickened. Beat the eggs again and pour into the shrimp and meat mixture. Gently stir until the eggs are set. Mix with the shrimp and ground pork for a few seconds longer. Be very careful not to over cook the shrimp. Turn off heat and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 to 20 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes


28

Mar

2010

Salt and Pepper Fillet of Cod

In most Cantonese style Chinese restaurants you will see salt and pepper fish, shrimp or calamari offered on the menu. These dishes are all deep-fried. We use less oil at home to pan fry the seafood. It is just as tasty with half the calories!

Salt and Pepper Cod

1 pound boneless and skinless fillet of Cod white fish
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons all-propose flour
1 scallion, including the green top
1 fresh green jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick frying pan)

Preparation:
Rinse the fish fillet with cold water and pat-dry with paper towels. Cut the fish into 2-inch size pieces (each fish fillet piece is approx. ½ to 1 inch thick). Mix salt, sugar, black and white peppers together thoroughly in a small dish. Sprinkle half of the salt, sugar and pepper mixture onto the fish pieces evenly. In a large bowl, toss the partially seasoned fish pieces with 2 tablespoons of flour. Coat the fish well and set aside. Finely chop the green onion. Wash, remove the stem of the jalapeno pepper and thinly slice crosswise.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the flour coated fish pieces into the pan. Pan fry the fish for about 3 minutes until lightly golden brown. Carefully turn each piece of fish over and cover the pan with a lid to cook the other side for another 3 minutes. Add the chopped green onions and the thinly sliced jalapeno peppers to the pan. Sprinkle the remaining salt, sugar and pepper mixture evenly over the cooked fish. Gently stir and mix everything together. Try your best not to break the fish pieces. Cook for 30 seconds longer. Serve hot or warm.

Makes 2 to 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes


17

Aug

2009

Stir-Fry Shrimp and Scallops

A delightful dish for shellfish lovers.

½ pound medium size raw shrimp (31 to 40 per pound)
½ pound large scallops (1.5 inches in diameter)
1 medium size green bell pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)

Sauce:
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons rice wine or cooking sherry wine
1 teaspoon white vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:
Peel and devein the shrimp. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rinse scallops with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut each scallop in half.  Wash, discard stem and seeds from green pepper and cut into 1-inch squares. Peel and finely grate the fresh ginger root.

In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix together. Place the shrimp and scallops in the flour and salt mixture. Lightly toss and coat the shrimp and scallops with the flour and salt.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and scallops to wok. Stir-fry until both sides of the shrimp are pink and the scallops are almost cooked through, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add green peppers to wok. Cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add the sauce mixture to wok and mix well. Stir-fry for 30 seconds longer. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 to 6 minutes


2

Jun

2009

Stir-Fry Black Mussels

Fresh black pacific mussels are both sweet and tender. This dish may be served either as an appetizer or as an entire meal for two.


1 bag black pacific live mussels (2-pounds)
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
½ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce*
2 tablespoons rice or cooking sherry wine
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Preparation:
Discard any opened mussels, if any. Wash and scrub the mussels. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water together and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok over medium high-heat. When the oil is hot, brown garlic for a few seconds. Add chicken broth, oyster sauce, wine, salt and sugar. Cook and stir until the mixture is brought to a boil. Add cleaned mussels to wok. Stir-fry for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, until all the mussels’ shells are opened. Push the mussels to the sides of the wok. Stir again and add the dissolved cornstarch to the sauce in the center of wok. Stir until the sauce thickens. Thoroughly mix the sauce with the mussels and serve hot.

Makes 2 to 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes

*Oyster sauce by the bottle is sold at the Asian section of the most supermarkets. After opening, it can be stored for several months in the refrigerator.


6

Mar

2009

Chinese Steamed Rainbow Trout

Whole steamed fish is a popular dish in Cantonese style restaurants. This at home version of steamed trout is both tender and sweet. Oh, and so very healthy!

2 fresh cleaned rainbow trout (approximately 1 pound each)
1 scallion, including the green top
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
1 fresh green jalapeno chili pepper
3 tablespoons soy sauce (kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons rice or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
1 oz. fresh cilantro for garnish

Preparation:
Rinse the whole Trout with cold water. Place both fish in a 9×12 baking dish. Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop. Sprinkle chopped onions on top of the fish. Peel and finely grate the ginger root. Sprinkle on top of the fish. Thinly slice the jalapeno pepper crosswise and also place on top of the fish. Drizzle soy sauce, wine and sesame oil over the fish. Wash and trim the cilantro. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

To Cook:
If you do not have access to a large steamer, a 11×15 or 12×18 roasting pan is a fine substituted. Fill the roasting pan 1/3 full of water. Place the 9×12 baking dish inside the roasting pan. Place on top of stove top range, cover the entire roasting pan with a lid or foil and cook over high heat. Bring the water to a boil and then steam the fish for approximately 12 minutes. Spoon sauce over fish, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

When serving, make sure to pour the sauce over the fish meat. It adds wonderful flavor and really makes the dish!

Makes 2 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes


8

Jan

2009

Hot Pepper Shrimp

Hot Pepper Shrimp is a spicy dish however if you really like hot, you can take it up a few notches by not removing the seeds of the jalapeno. Any variety of fresh chili pepper may be substituted for the jalapeno peppers. Of course fresh shrimp is super but for the sake of convenience, I also enjoy frozen shrimp. It’s available whenever I feel like it and it comes already peeled and deveined. What a time saver!

1 pound medium size raw shrimp (31 to 40 count per pound)
3 fresh green jalapeno chili peppers
½ red bell pepper
2 scallions, including the green top
½ oz. fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)

Sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil

Preparation:
Peel, devein and rinse shrimp. Wash and cut jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and cut crosswise into ¼ inch pieces. Cut the red bell pepper into 1 inch strips.  Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop. Peel, thinly slice and then chop the ginger root into small pieces. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together however add the seasme oil at the very end and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions and ginger for a few seconds. Add shrimp into the wok. Stir-fry for approximately 2 minutes until the shrimp changes to pink in color. Be careful not to over cook the shrimp. Add jalapenos and red bell peppers. Mix well. Stir the sauce mixture and pour into wok. Stir-fry for one more minute. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 -20 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes


6

Nov

2008

Pan Fried Spicy Salmon Filets

I am always trying to incorporate more fish into our diet. It doesn’t help that some of my family members (aka husband) won’t eat salmon. Yet they will eat salmon fillets when prepared with spicy Asian flavor, hence this wonderful recipe.  Other times I just don’t give them a choice since it’s what’s being served for dinner!  🙂

4 fresh salmon fillets (1-1/2 pounds)
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon canola, vegetable or olive oil (for cooking in a non-stick pan)

Sauce:
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice wine or cooking sherry wine
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili peppers
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil

Preparation:
Use a sharp knife to remove the skin from each salmon fillet. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Mix salt and black pepper together then sprinkle evenly to cover both sides of the salmon fillets. Place flour on a large plate. Lightly coat each piece of salmon with the flour. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, brown the salmon pieces in a covered pan for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Pour the sauce mixture over salmon. Cook with the cover on for a few seconds longer. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes


15

Sep

2008

Shrimp with Cashews

I always try to keep an assortment of nuts in my pantry because you just never know when they will come in handy to spruce up a dish. Tonight I found cashews. The combination of shrimp and cashews make a delicious dish!

1 pound large size raw shrimp (21 to 25 per pound)
1/2 can sliced water chestnuts (2.5 oz.) drained
3/4 cup roasted and salted cashews
1/2 red bell pepper
1 scallion, including the green top
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Marinade:
1 egg white
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation:
Peel and devein shrimp. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. In a bowl, beat the egg white. Combine shrimp, wine and salt. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. Cut red bell pepper into 1-inch squares. Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add shrimp into wok and stir-fry until the shrimp are pink, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add water chestnuts, cashews, red bell peppers and stir. Add sesame oil and sugar. Stir-fry for another minute. Be cautious not over cook the shrimp. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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