Coconut Curry Shrimp

Main, Seafood | July 28, 2016 | By

Here’s an awesome Coconut Curry Shrimp recipe that I borrowed from a fellow food blogger, Caitlyn Mortka. She has a fabulous food blog, SoDamnGoodBlog.com, that features healthy, affordable recipes. We just happen to meet on the harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine this summer while sipping cocktails in the warm New England sun! I’ve been dying to share her recipes with you and this Asian-inspired dish happens to be super easy and super healthy. Thank you for sharing, Caitlyn! 

Coconut Curry Shrimp
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets*
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, and add the shrimp to the pan.
  2. Let the shrimp sauté and turn pink for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the chili powder, salt, and pepper to the shrimp. Cook another minute.
  4. Pour in coconut milk, red curry paste, and white beans to the pan.
  5. Stir until the curry is well mixed into coconut milk and let the whole thing simmer for 5 more minutes on medium-low heat.
  6. Serve by added a scoop of rice, some broccoli, and the shrimp and bean mixture to bowls. Top with the extra sauce from the pan.
Notes
To quickly steam the broccoli, I usually cut the florets off the stem and place them in a bowl. Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the bowl (a tablespoon or two), cover, and microwave for 3-4 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of: Caitlyn Mortka, Coconut Curry Shrimp

 

White Fish Cakes with Sriracha

white fish cakes

This Indonesian recipe is especially delicious because my two nieces helped me make it! We used striped bass for the fish fillets. It’s delicate and flaky when cooked. Any nice white fish will do! Of course, I love heat so if you’re not into that you can go easy on the sambal oelek. I prepared this recipe as an appetizer making mini-cakes, but this is great as a main course as well. Don’t forget the lemon on the side for that extra zing of citrus!  Thank you, Darby and Jordan!  It was a blast having you in my kitchen!

White Fish Cakes with Sriracha
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless white fish fillets
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass (white part only)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Lemon wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop the fish fillets. In a food processor, pulse the fish to form small chunks. Set fish aside.
  2. In a large non-stick sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on medium-high. Sauté the shallots, garlic, lemongrass, and ginger until translucent but not mushy, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine together the fish, cooked vegetables, sambal oelek, turmeric, cumin, green onions, mint, and beaten egg. Form into 3-inch patties and place on a baking tray.
  4. Wipe out sauté pan and add remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the fish patties to hot pan in a single layer and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from heat and pat with paper towels. Drizzle fish cakes with sriracha sauce. Serve with lemon wedges and extra sriracha sauce on the side.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.

 

Spicy Szechuan Chicken & Eggplant

Main, Poultry | July 11, 2016 | By

Last week, as I was strolling through my all time favorite Asian market in Atlanta (the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market), these incredibly gorgeous Chinese eggplant caught my eye and inspired me to make a spicy Szechuan dish that I can’t wait to share with you! I added veggies and chicken, and the sauce is sweet and savory with a little heat (just the way I like it!). I used dried sambal oelek, which is one of the spice packets from RawSpiceBar.com that I received as a gift from my two kids. The jarred sambal oelek works great as well! Be careful not to use too much or your mouth will need a fire extinguisher!

Eggplant

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Spicy Szechuan Chicken & Eggplant
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds Chinese purple eggplant
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • Salt & pepper
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried sambal oelek (or 1 tablespoon jarred)
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper (or green), chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
Instructions
  1. Cut the ends of the eggplant and slice on a diagonal into one inch pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and cover pieces with water. Microwave for 1½ minutes until just soft but not mushy, checking on it after 1 minute. Remove from oven, drain and pat dry on paper towels. Set aside.
  2. To make the sauce: In a small bowl whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, tomato paste, sesame oil, sambal oelek, and brown sugar. Stir in cornstarch until dissolved. Set sauce aside.
  3. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Cook chicken pieces in a large wok over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon canola oil until browned on both sides but not cooked through. Remove chicken from wok and set aside.
  4. Add eggplant slices to wok in a single layer and cook until crisp and light golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove eggplant from pan and set aside.
  5. Heat remaining tablespoon canola oil in the pan over high heat and add garlic and shallots. Cook until fragrant and translucent. Add in bell peppers and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add in green onions, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes. Stir in the sauce and eggplant, and chicken and cook until sauce has thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Garnish with extra green onions, and serve with a side of steamed rice.
Notes
Notes: Dried sambal oelek can be purchased from RawSpiceBar.com. Jarred sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.

 

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