Grilled Miso Shrimp

This is a great summer grilling recipe using lemongrass sticks as skewers for extra tangy flavor! The shrimp cooks quickly and is so delish with a side of rice. Pair it with a great bottle of white wine and it’s simply perfection!

Grilled Miso Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 lemongrass sticks
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined, tail intact
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
  • 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Peel several outer layers of the lemongrass sticks and cut off the tops in a sharp angle. Set aside.
  2. Heat a grill or preheat a stove-top grill pan. In a bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of the lime juice with the miso paste, oil, ginger, garlic, honey, and pepper. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Let marinate for 5 minutes. Thread the shrimp onto the lemongrass sticks and reserve leftover marinade.
  3. Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Heat leftover marinade in a small saucepan.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sambal oelek and the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice. When ready to serve, drizzle remaining marinade on top of shrimp and garnish with cilantro and lemon wedges. Serve with the sambal oelek mayonnaise and a side of cooked rice.
Notes
Adapted from Food & Wine. Sambal oelek can be found in specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.

 

Thai Steamed Mussels

Thai Steamed Mussels

I recently went to this incredible seafood restaurant in New York City called “Flex Mussels.” On their menu they feature 23 different mussels preparations. The Thai Steamed Mussels were my favorite and I had to recreate it when I returned home! I also had a little help from my Staten Island friend, Carolyn, who shared her version of Thai mussels with me. I know most people are accustomed to the Italian preparation (which I also love), but this Asian-inspired mussels recipe is absolutely worth trying. I promise! Make sure to have a side of crusty bread for dipping in the yummy sauce!

Thai Steamed Mussels
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 3 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped leeks (whites only)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped (soft white bulb only)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Zest from one lime
  • 1 13-oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 6 pounds fresh mussels
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Clean, scrub, and de-beard mussels. Discard any open mussels. Heat coconut oil in a heavy sauce pan, Dutch oven, or wok. Add shallots, garlic, leeks, and lemongrass and sauté 3 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in red pepper flakes and lime zest. Add in coconut milk, fish sauce, white wine, and curry paste. Stir well and bring to a boil. Add mussels, reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 8 to 10 minutes until mussels are open. Sprinkle with cilantro to garnish. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.
  2. Adapted from: Carolyn Decorato

Pan Seared Asian Scallops with Zucchini Noodles

Pan Seared Asian Scallops

Seafood | February 22, 2016 | By

What could be better than sweet, succulent scallops? I served this dish to my husband this week and we were very happy campers! The scallops have a complimentary sweet and spicy flavor, and they literally melt in your mouth! I prepared it with a side of zucchini noodles that are both tasty and healthy. Of course, you could serve these scallops with a side of pasta and it would be amazing as well!

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Pan Seared Asian Scallops with Zucchini Noodles
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1½ pounds sea scallops
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch. Add scallops into bowl and marinate for at least 10 minutes. Remove scallops but reserve marinade.
  2. Meanwhile, using a spiral vegetable cutter, make spaghetti-like noodles with zucchini. Pat dry with paper towels to remove moisture.
  3. Heat a heavy saute pan or cast iron pan on medium-high heat and add oil. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Sear scallops on one side 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Cook on other side for about 2 minutes more. Add half of the marinade to the pan to coat the scallops. Remove scallops to a dish and keep warm. Add in the zucchini noodles to the pan and cook quickly until sauce coats the zucchini. Serve immediately with the scallops on the side or on top of the zucchini. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds.
Notes
To toast the sesame seeds: Place in a skillet on the stove over medium heat and dry toast it until light brown. Don't overcook.