appetizer, Brunch, CONDIMENTS, Recipes, Seafood

Inari Pockets with Rice and Shrimp

The following appetizer has all the components of the more known sushi rolls, but it is much easier to prepare. The secret lies in the use of Inari tofu skin pockets as the shell, rather than the more elaborate and time consuming use of Nori seaweed sheet, which require a sushi rolling mat and expertise. Continue reading “Inari Pockets with Rice and Shrimp”

Entree, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood

Shrimps and Rice Noodles with Coconut Milk and Peanut Butter Sauce

Coconut milk and peanut butter sauce, in all kinds of variations, is one of my favorites: its velvety texture, and its wonderful flavors, ranging from savory to sweet to spicy and to slightly acidic, always work so well, especially with seafood. So, when I was about to prepare a dinner with a fairly large amount of shrimp, I’ve decided to use the sauce as a base for the dish. Continue reading “Shrimps and Rice Noodles with Coconut Milk and Peanut Butter Sauce”

Entree, Fish, Recipes, Seafood, Vegetables

Pan Fried Haddock Fillets with Caramelized Mini Peppers

When I found a package of frozen wild caught haddock fillets at the store, I liked the fact that they were individually packed, and decided to buy it, not exactly having any special type of preparation in mind.
Haddock is a member of the cod family, and has a fairly firm texture and mild sweetish flavor. It can prepared in different ways, with the most popular is dipped in batter and deep fried. I wasn’t into that, and so decided to simply pan fry it with olive oil and butter. Continue reading “Pan Fried Haddock Fillets with Caramelized Mini Peppers”

appetizer, Brunch, Entree, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood

Shrimps with Garlic, Lemon, and Parsley Butter Sauce

One of my favorite ways of cooking shrimps is one of the simplest there are: a bold and tasty combination of very few ingredients – butter, lemon, garlic and parsley – which always works and takes no time to prepare. Continue reading “Shrimps with Garlic, Lemon, and Parsley Butter Sauce”

appetizer, Brunch, Entree, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood

Pan Fried Gulf Shrimp with Tomatoes, Anchovies and Capers Sauce

Hot summer days mean quick to prepare light dishes, and the one I have here is a good example of that. The sauce can be cooked in less than 15 minutes, the shrimps cook quickly, and a tasty dish is served in no time. Continue reading “Pan Fried Gulf Shrimp with Tomatoes, Anchovies and Capers Sauce”

Entree, Pasta, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood

Angel Hair Pasta with Lobster Tail and Lemony Sun Dried tomatoes and Capers Butter Sauce

Whenever I prepare lobster rolls (click HERE for the recipe), I cook one or two extra lobster tails, to use in different dishes.
This time, I decided to use the cooked lobster in a quick and light pasta dish. I opted for a lemony butter sauce, as the lemon beautifully complements the somewhat sweetish flavor of the lobster meat, and butter, as it simply makes everything better. Continue reading “Angel Hair Pasta with Lobster Tail and Lemony Sun Dried tomatoes and Capers Butter Sauce”

appetizer, Brunch, Dips, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood, Snack

Shrimp, Flowering Chives and Rice Flour Fritters

When I saw a bunch of flowering chives at the store, it immediately drew my attention. Smelling the flowers, I was expecting, probably due to their lavender color, that they would have a sweet floral smell. However, to my surprise, they had fresh onion scent, similar to that of the chives. I later learned that the flowers are edible and can be used in the same way chives is used. Continue reading “Shrimp, Flowering Chives and Rice Flour Fritters”

fruit, Recipes, Seafood, Soups

Shrimp and Pineapple Sweet and Sour Soup

I had variations of sweet and sour shrimps and pineapple soup in several Vietnamese restaurants, some were good, others less so. Yet, even with the lesser ones, I always liked the combination of flavors of the shrimps, pineapple, okra and hardly cooked tomatoes, and I decided to make this soup at home. Continue reading “Shrimp and Pineapple Sweet and Sour Soup”

appetizer, Brunch, Recipes, Salad, Sauces, Seafood

Artichoke Hearts with Shrimp Saffron Salad

Artichoke season is here, and as I’m a big fan of this unique vegetable (actually, an edible flower bud from the thistle family), I always try to find new ways to serve it. This time I’ve decided to use the artichoke hearts as a bed for serving a tasty shrimps salad. Continue reading “Artichoke Hearts with Shrimp Saffron Salad”

Brunch, Recipes, Seafood, Side dishes, Vegetables

Fresh White Corn Polenta with Pan Fried Shrimps and Roasted Vegetables

Fresh corn season is here and, once again, I’m using it in all kinds of dishes. One of my favorite and easiest recipes using fresh corn is to cook it “polenta” style. Unlike the time consuming traditional polenta, which is made with dried cornmeal, this quick cooking version is lighter and so perfect for summer. Continue reading “Fresh White Corn Polenta with Pan Fried Shrimps and Roasted Vegetables”

appetizer, Brunch, fruit, Recipes, Seafood

Lobster Tails Salad with Mango and Coconut Milk Dressing

When I cook lobster tails, it’s usually for one purpose: lobster rolls (see a recipe HERE). However, since it’s quite a summery dish, it didn’t feel right to prepare it in this current cold weather. So, I’ve decided to mix the cooked lobster with some warming, spicy-sweet coconut milk dressing instead. Continue reading “Lobster Tails Salad with Mango and Coconut Milk Dressing”