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, fresh ginger 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!
This lovely bowl of yum has so many flavor bombs with the spicy shrimp, colorful purple cauliflower, tender roasted chickpeas, ginger and lots of herbs! Shrimp sambal is a winner for dinner!
Gorgeous purple cauliflower is milder, sweeter and nuttier than the standard white version. It’s also loaded with vitamin C, calcium and potassium!
Roast the purple cauliflower and chickpeas on a large baking sheet at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. They should be tender and slightly browned.
Freshly grated ginger gives this dish a nice kick!
Stir-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!
- 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
- 2 tablespoons mirin wine
- Juice from 2 small limes
- 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
- 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.
- Meanwhile, in a glass mixing bowl, whisk together the sambal oelek, fish sauce, mirin wine, lime juice, ginger, and sugar.
- 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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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!)
Succulent and sweet, these Asian-inspired lobster rolls will remind you of a balmy summer’s day in New England!
Steam the buns in a bamboo steamer for perfect Chinese “bao” buns!
The buns will puff up when steamed. Then fill them with the lobster salad mixture!
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- 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
- To make the aioli: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sambal oelek and lemon juice. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine lobster, celery, red onion, green onion, lemongrass, lime zest, and cilantro. Fold in the aioli mixture. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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!
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In honor of National Donut Day (June 2nd), we’ve created these gorgeous sushi donuts that look like a work of art! But, shhhhh, they’re so easy to make! Who doesn’t love donuts? These trendy donuts are so fun to make and are, of course, healthier than the sweet variety. Start by using a donut mold. We like this silicone mold because of its flexibility. You can be creative here — layer the bottom with your favorite sushi-grade fish (tuna and salmon) and veggies like thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes, or add in layers of avocado. Next, choose some pops of color with red salmon roe (fish eggs) and black & white sesame seeds. Top it all off with sushi rice (prepared in a rice cooker), flip it over, and voilà, a perfect sushi donut! Best of all, you can easily find sushi-grade tuna at select grocery stores like Whole Foods. If you’re skittish when it comes to using sushi, make your donuts with cooked fish, or go vegetarian! The possibilities are endless.
This awesome silicone donut tray is perfect for creating sushi donuts!
Create your filling for sushi donuts by layering at the bottom of the donut tray using sushi-grade fish and your favorite sushi veggies like thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes!
Sushi-grade salmon and tuna can be found at select grocery stores like Whole Foods. They now carry “Sushi at Home” frozen sushi fish. Defrosts very quickly!
Fill the tops of the donut trays with sushi rice. Then flip them over for a perfect sushi donut!
- Prepare the toppings: Slice the tuna and salmon very thinly on the bias, with pieces about 2 inches long. Slice the cucumber in half and again in half length wise. Using a mandolin on a very thin setting, slice the cucumbers into spears, lengthwise. Cut them into 2 inch pieces. Slice the radishes on the mandolin.
- To make the donuts: Working around the donut mold in batches, press the fish into the bottom of the donut mold, then the cucumbers, then the radishes, then spoon in the salmon roe, and sprinkle in the sesame seeds. Repeat with each mold. You can mix up the order! Finally, press in the rice on top of the other ingredients, making the top of the rice as flat as possible. Place the mold in the refrigerator for at least 5 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and place a flat plate or tray on top of the mold and flip over the mold. Carefully remove the mold from the donuts making sure that none of the ingredients are still inside the mold. Top the donuts with slices of chives and serve with soy sauce or Ponzu sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi paste.
- To make perfect sushi rice: Thoroughly rinse 1½ cups of sushi rice (short-grain) until water is clear and not muddy. Place in a rice cooker, along with 2 cups water. Cook until button pops up and light changes to “warm.”
- Meanwhile, in a small sauce pot, combine 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Dissolve over medium heat but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir. Set aside to cool. Once rice is finished, let sit in the steamer for 5 minutes. Remove rice and place into a wooden, or non-reactive bowl. Using a wooden or plastic paddle, gently fold in the vinegar mixture until well combined. Do not squish the grains! Let rice cool to room temperature before handling.
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