Asian, Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Lent

Coconut Curry Shrimp

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My husband thinks he does not like Thai food.  In my opinion if you like Indian food, you will like most Thai food.  This recipe made it to our dinner bowls because I wanted to cook something in the neighborhood of “Thai” food and also something quick.  I saw Ree Drummond make this recipe on TV once.  I did not “follow” here recipe, I just recalled what she did and made this dish.  So here goes !

Ingredients:

1 lb of shrimp.  I usually get the EZ-peel shrimp and remove the tails myself.  I get whatever is on sale, however, the larger shrimps taste better in this recipe.

1 package of frozen peppers and onions.  If you don’t have this, I would take 1 yellow, red and green bell pepper and 1 onion, slice them length wise and use it.

1.5 tbsp of curry powder

1 can of coconut milk (not cream)

1/2 tbsp of olive oil

1/2 tbsp of ginger paste

1/2 tbsp of minced garlic

1 tsp of red pepper flakes

salt to taste

Method:

Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high, and saute ginger, garlic, salt,peppers and onions

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Once they are soft add the red pepper flakes and curry powder and saute for till the raw smell of the curry powder it gone, about 10 mins

Add the coconut milk and the reduce the heat to simmer.

Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes till the sauce thickens. Check and adjust seasoning, keep in mind that the shrimp will absorb some of the flavor so if the sauce is on the saltier or spicier side, its ok

 

Add the shrimp and cook till it turn pink. DO NOT over cook the shrimp !

Immediately remove from heat ans serve over warm Jasmine or Basmati rice.

If you have Thai Basil, you could fold some in the end

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Mexican

Shrimp Tacos

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I like soft seafood tacos.  I don’t get to eat them often, but recently I was really craving it. So here is a quick take on it.  Most of them are store bought ingredients.  I just spent time cooking the shrimp.  Then it is just a matter of assembling and eating !!!

For the Shrimp:

1lb of peeled and deveined shrimp.  Toss with zest and juice of 1 lime ,1tsp of salt, 2tsp of cumin, garlic powder and chilli powder.

Saute shrimp with some chopped scallions, till shrimp is pink.

To assemble tacos, I like the mini-flat bottom flour tortilla shells.  You can use whatever shell you like.  I put some store bought raw coleslaw, then a layer of salsa.  Next came the shrimp, 2-3 per taco.  I topped it with some guacamole and you are ready to eat !  You can add cheese, sour cream radishes or whatever you like.

Enjoy !

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Bengali, Fish & Seafood, Lent

Shrimp Curry with Mushrooms and Potatoes

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This is a family recipe.  It is not traditional, but it is surely a family favorite.  This shrimp curry is warm and spicy and pairs perfectly with rice.  I like to have it with quinoa. I hope you try it for you next seafoood night–it is bound to be an interesting change.

Ingredients:

1lb of raw shrimp (medium sized)

1 medium onions

1tbsp of ginger paste

1tbsp of minced garlic

2tbsp of olive oil

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp of whole cumin seed

2 medium tomatoes chopped

1 large russet potatoes, small dice

1/2 cup water

1 package of sliced baby bella mushrooms

1/2tbsp of tumeric

1/2 tbsp of cumin

Chilli powder and salt to taste

Fresh cilantro for garnish

Method:

Blend onion, ginger and garlic with a splash of water.

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Heat 2tbsp of olive oil in a pot.  When the oil starts to shimmer, add the bay leaf and cumin seeds.

Add the onion-ginger-garlic paste and stir and cook for a good 10-15 mins.  You want to make sure the raw taste and smell is cooked out.

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Once the onion paste starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, add the tomatoes.  This juice of the tomatoes helps to deglaze the pan.  Saute for another 5 mins.

Add the potatoes, spices and 1/2 cup of water and allow to simmer till the potatoes are almost cook through.

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Add the mushrooms and cook till the potatoes are completely soft.

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Add the shrimp.  Make sure that most of the curry is cooked, the sauce is seasoned and the potatoes are soft, because once you add the shrimp, it will only cook for a few more minutes till the shrimp are cooked through.  Do not over cook, since the shrimp will get rubbery.

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Garnish with cilantro and serve  hot with quinoa or rice.

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Fish & Seafood, Gluten-free, Italian, Lent, Quick Dinner

Basil-Scallion Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash


I recently discovered spaghetti squash and I have fallen in love with it.  While it definitely does NOT taste like pasta, it certainly feels like you are indulging in it.  You can twirl long strands of golden squash in sauce and eat it out of a bowl and feel full–not a bad deal ! Then, shrimp was on sale and I had to finish up the basil and scallions in the fridge, and so this dish came to being.  May I just say, that sometimes, throwing things in together really work ! I hope you will try this dish.

Ingredients:

1, medium sized spaghetti squash

1lb of medium, peeled, de-veined  raw shrimp

7-8 scallions

1 bunch of basil

1/2 tbsp of minced garlic

1 can of diced tomatoes (mine had garlic, basil and oregano added)

1/2 cup stock (chicken or vegetable)

2 tsp of red pepper flakes

2 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Method:

Heat oven to 400F

Cut squash in half, length-wise.  Remove seeds and drizzle 1 Tbsp of olive oil.  Add salt and roast the squash cut side down on a baking sheet for 40-50 mins till the squash is fork tender and you can run your fork through the flesh to produce “spaghetti”.

  
 Chop the scallions and set aside the green parts.


Heat 1Tbsp of oil in a skillet, add the garlic and white part of the scallions and saute till pale.

Next add the tomato, broth and the red pepper flakes.

  
 Simmer for 5mins and then add the shrimp.

Shrimp cooks very quickly, so keep an eye on it and the minute they are pink, remove them from the pan. Keep cooking the sauce till desired consistency.  

   Add the shrimp back into the pan, once the sauce is thick and take off heat.
Chop the basil and mix with the green part of the scallions.


Add the herb mixture once the dish in off the heat and stir to combine.  The idea is to keep the greens, looking green and rather raw–tastes really fresh and wonderful !

Spoon shrimp and sauce over spaghetti squash and enjoy !

  

Fish & Seafood, Lent, Salad, Sides

Pesto Shrimp Salad with Roasted Artichokes, Fennel and White Beans

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A warm salad for a cool summer evening.  if you are not a fan of shrimp or allergic to shellfish, chicken would be a great substitute. It would be perfectly fine without any animal protein at all ! Eat it like a salad for lunch, side dish for something off the grill or toss is with pasta, this is a light and lovely meal !

Ingredients:

1lb cooked shrimp

1 package frozen artichokes, thawed and drained

2 bulbs of fennel, sliced

1 can of white beans

juice of one lemon

10 basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Tbsp of minced garlic

2 tsp of red pepper flakes

1/4 store bought basil pesto

salt and pepper to taste

Methods:

Preheat oven to 375F

Toss oil, fennel, artichokes, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic in a bowl and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet

Roast for 45mins till fennel and artichokes and brown.

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In a pot, heat pesto and toss in beans and shrimp.

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Add the roasted vegetables and toss to coat all the ingredients together.

Serve hot or warm !

 

 

Classics, Comfort food, Fish & Seafood, Meat, Poultry, Soups, Stew

Gumbo

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound spicy andouille (or smoked) sausage, sliced
8 chicken tenderloins (or 2 skinless/boneless chicken breasts), cut into bite-size pieces
• Salt
• Pepper
3 celery stalks, finely diced
1 large onion, finely diced
8oz of frozen mixed peppers                                                                                                             2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon Creole seasoning
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon, heaping, tomato paste
16 oz bag of frozen, sliced okra.
1 (28 oz) can organic diced tomatoes with juice
2 cups chicken stock, hot
½ pound peeled and cleaned, medium size shrimp (cooked)
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Preparation:

-Place a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil; once the oil is hot, add the sliced sausage in, and allow it to caramelize and brown for a few minutes; once well browned, remove the sausage from the pot, and set it aside for a moment; next, add the chicken pieces into the pot along with a sprinkle or two of salt and pepper, and allow them to brown in the oil/sausage drippings for about 2-3 minutes; remove the chicken pieces from the pot, and set aside for a moment; next, add in the diced celery, onion and bell pepper, and caramelize it for about 2-3 minutes in the oil, then add in the bay leaves, the Creole seasoning, the cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and stir to combine; next, add in the garlic and stir, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the tomato paste, and cook for about 1 minute to cook out the “raw” tomato flavor; next, add in the sliced okra, the diced tomatoes with juice, the hot chicken stock, and the browned sausage and chicken, and stir to combine

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allow the stew to simmer gently on low/medium-low, uncovered, for 20 minutes; after 20 minutes, add in the shrimp (you can season it with a sprinkle of salt/pepper if you wish), and simmer for only 2 minutes more as to not overcook the shrimp; finish by stirring in the chopped parsley and cilantro, and serve over rice.

 

Appetizers, Fish & Seafood, Lent

Coconut Shrimp

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A sweet, juicy tropical treat—perfect on  a cold gloomy day !

Ingredients:

10 cooked shrimp

¼ cup liquid egg whites

1 tsp of curry powder

½  tsp of ground ginger

1 tbsp of cornstarch

2/3 cup of ground almonds and sweetened coconut flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Sweet chilli sauce for serving ( I like the trader joe’s brand)

Method:

Pat dry cooked shrimp

Toss with cornstarch, curry powder, ginger, salt and pepper

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Dip in egg and coat in almond and coconut flour mixture

Place on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet

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Chill for 15-30mins

Preheat oven to 375

Bake for  10-15 mins till crust golden

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Serve hot with the sweet chilli sauce

 

 

Appetizers

Tarragon Shrimp Appetizers

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Tis the holiday season ! People will come and go and all I can think about is delicious food and baked goods.  I was putting up my christmas decorations and made this treat for myself.  This one bite appetizer is super easy and quick to whip up.  Elegant enough to entertain a crowd or to treat your own tummy on a cold night.  Might I suggest a glass of Pinot Grigio to go with it !

Ingredients:

1 lb of cooked shrimp ( you can use the frozen cocktail shrimp, just take the tails off)

1/2 Tbsp of olive oil

1 cup of finely chopped onions (use the frozen kind if you are in a time crunch)

1/2 Tbsp of finely minced garlic

2 Tbsp of Tomato paste

2 Tbsp of dried Tarragon

salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and a light squeeze of lemon juice– to taste.

Crackers to top with

Method:

In a pan, heat olive oil and saute garlic and onions till soft and fragrant.

Add in the tomato paste and cook for a min till the onions and tomatoes come together.

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Add the shrimp and tarragon and season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and lemon juice.

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Cook for a few minutes till all the ingredients come together.

Take off the heat and cool.

Top crackers with the shrimp and serve warm.

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Should you choose to turn it into a meal, toss the shrimp mixture with freshly cooked pasta and a dash of heavy cream and you have an elegant dinner !

Enjoy !

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Indian

Shrimp Malai Curry (shrimp in coconut milk)

Ingredients:
• 1lb cleaned deveined shrimp.
• 1 can of lite coconut milk.
• Chili powder.
• Salt to taste.
• 1.5 Tbsp of ginger-garlic paste.
• Whole garam masala.
• Bay leaf
• Half of a large onion thinly sliced.

Season shrimp with salt and chili powder and fry them till pale pink. Set aside the shrimp.

To the oil add whole garam masala (a couple of cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods)

 and the ginger garlic paste. Sauté for 5-10 minutes and then add the coconut milk, salt and chili powder (according to taste) and let the sauce simmer on low heat for 10-15 mins, stirring frequently.

Add the shrimp and let it simmer or another 10-15min minutes till the sauce thickens and all the spices have mixed together well. Adjust seasoning. While the sauce is thickening, fry the thinly sliced onions till dark brown. This will take a while but take the time and don’t let it burn. Garnish the dish with the onions and sever over hot rice !