Shrimp Sambal with Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

shrimp sambal with cauliflower

Main, Seafood | July 17, 2017 | By

Here’s a quick dinner dish that will become a family fave! Shrimp Sambal is a classic Malaysian dish, but ours is not your typical shrimp sambal recipe! We’ve roasted gorgeous purple cauliflower and chickpeas for texture, and added lots of veggies and herbs for flavor. Of course, the spicy sambal oelek is the real flavor bomb here! This Thai red chili paste has freshly ground hot red chili peppers (bird’s eye chili), rice vinegar, and salt. It’s good on just about everything! But don’t go crazy or your mouth will be on fire! 

shrimp sambal with purple cauliflowerThis lovely bowl of yum has so many flavor bombs with the spicy shrimp, colorful purple cauliflower, tender roasted chickpeas and lots of herbs! Shrimp sambal is a winner for dinner!

purple cauliflowerGorgeous purple cauliflower is milder, sweeter and nuttier than the standard white version. It’s also loaded with vitamin C, calcium and potassium!

purple cauliflower and chickpeasRoast the purple cauliflower and chickpeas on a large baking sheet at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. They should be tender and slightly browned.

shrimp sambalStir-fry all of the veggies in a large wok and add the spicy sauce to coat. Toss in the shrimp last and cook for about three minutes until pink and curled. Top with fresh mint and cilantro! 

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Shrimp Sambal with Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil (divided)
  • 1 head purple cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (Thai red chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin wine
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the cauliflower florets and chickpeas on a large baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons canola oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes until crisp, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a glass mixing bowl, whisk together the sambal oelek, fish sauce, mirin wine, lime juice, ginger, and sugar.
  3. In a large heavy wok, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Add in the shallots, garlic, and mushrooms, and stir-fry until shallots are translucent and mushrooms are slightly golden. Add the roasted cauliflower and chickpeas to the wok and stir to combine. Pour in the sauce mixture and stir the veggies to coat. When well combined, add in the shrimp and cook for about three minutes until shrimp is curled and pink. Remove the wok from the heat and sprinkle in the mint and cilantro, and toss to combine. Serve immediately with extra herbs sprinkled on top.

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Simple Asian Lobster Rolls

Asian Lobster Rolls

There’s nothing that says summer like melt-in-your-mouth Lobster Rolls! They remind me of my many trips to New England where one must indulge in fresh Maine lobster rolls! So, here’s our take on an Asian-inspired version using Chinese steamed buns (a.k.a. “Bao”) instead of the standard hot dog bun. This recipe couldn’t be easier! We used cooked lobster for a short cut (Whole Foods will steam the lobster for you!), but you can buy it frozen or cook the lobster yourself. We also cheated a little by using Pillsbury Grands, which is available at your local grocery store, and steamed them in a bamboo steamer. Easier than making these steamed buns from scratch! Serve with a side salad of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw and chips for a perfect summer picnic! (If you like this recipe, try our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Bánh Mì sandwich!)

Asian Lobster RollsSucculent and sweet, these Asian-inspired lobster rolls will remind you of a balmy summer’s day in New England!

bamboo steamerSteam the buns in a bamboo steamer for perfect Chinese “bao” buns!

steamed bunsThe buns will puff up when steamed. Then fill them with the lobster salad mixture!
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Simple Asian Lobster Rolls
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ pounds cooked, shelled lobster meat, cubed
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass, finely chopped (white parts only)
  • Zest from ½ lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits
Instructions
  1. To make the aioli: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sambal oelek and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine lobster, celery, red onion, green onion, lemongrass, lime zest, and cilantro. Fold in the aioli mixture. Set aside.
  3. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. With fingers, flatten each into rounds about ½ inch thick. Fold over to form half-moon shape; place in steamer or bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Set steamer on top of wok or saucepan with boiling water. Steam 10 minutes; cool completely.
  4. Cut buns in half, but not completely through, to form a pocket. Stuff buns with lobster salad mixture and serve immediately on a platter. Serve with a side of potato chips or your favorite side, like Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw!
Notes
You can use frozen or fresh lobster for this dish. I had Whole Foods steam the lobster for me. Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.

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Vietnamese Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers

vietnamese pork tenderloin

Meat | June 19, 2017 | By

This weekend was definitely ideal for grillin’! Oh, the aromas of so many BBQs fired up all over the neighborhood! Just had to whip up something with an Asian flair that we could serve our guests, so why not Vietnamese Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers? The marinade gives such amazing flavor to the pork (you can also substitute chicken or shrimp with this recipe) with hints of fresh ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. The pork is super tender when grilled and took no time at all to cook through. Serve these skewers with a side of our delicious Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad, which pairs so well with this recipe! All that’s left is a tall mug of brewskie and you’ve got yourself a great summer meal!

vietnamese pork tenderloinThese super flavorful Vietnamese pork tenderloin skewers are so easy to prepare!

Vietnamese Pork TenderloinVietnamese pork tenderloin skewers cook in only 15 minutes on the grill. Serve with a side of our Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad

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Vietnamese Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemongrass, finely chopped (white parts only), or 1 tablespoon jarred lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (divided)
  • 1 large pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and fat, and cut into bite-sized pieces
Instructions
  1. For the marinade, place all ingredients up to pork tenderloin into mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside a small portion of the marinade. Place the marinade in a large sealed bag and add the pork. Marinate at least one hour or more in the refrigerator.
  2. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and thread the pork onto wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes (this prevents the skewers from burning on the grill).
  3. Grill the pork skewers on medium high heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently. Meanwhile, place the reserved marinade in a small sauce pot and heat. Drizzle over skewers when ready to serve. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.
  4. Serve with a side of Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad.
Notes
Adapted from: Salt & Lavender

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