Fire up the grill! Here’s another great summer grilling recipe that’s fast and healthy! These mildly spicy salmon kebabs are made with wild salmon for a few reasons: they’re firmer and hold up well under fire, and they are so much better for you than the farm-raised variety. But, by all means, use whatever salmon you have on hand! I like to pair this dish with a mildly spicy aioli sauce and a side of pan-sautéed, shaved brussels sprouts. Get grilling fellow foodies!
- 1½ tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped, divided
- 1½ pounds thick wild salmon, skin off, cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (or Sriracha sauce)
- Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 2 hours.
- In a large bowl, mix the curry paste with oil, 2 tablespoons lime juice, honey, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Add the salmon cubes and toss to coat. Marinate for ½ hour.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sambal oelek (or Sriracha sauce), remaining lime juice, remaining cilantro, and season with salt.
- Heat stove-top grill pan or outdoor grill on medium-high heat.
- Remove skewers from water. Thread the salmon onto 6 skewers, leaving ¼ inch between the cubes. Grill over moderately high heat, turning carefully, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Serve the kebabs with the spicy aioli sauce.
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Had a fabulous dinner recently at Indochine in NYC! I loved one of their appetizers and had to recreate it with my own twist, Steamed Vietnamese Rolls, with a ground turkey and shrimp filling that’s to die for! It’s ridiculously easy to make, but you will need either a bamboo steamer or a steamer insert for a large pot. You sauté the veggies first and add to the protein mixture which is then topped with bean sprouts and warmly nestled into wonton wrappers. The rolls steam up to perfection! Serve along side a tasty dipping sauce and your party guests will beg for this starter recipe!
Wonton wrappers are filled with goodness, ground turkey, shrimp and sautéed veggies, then steamed in a bamboo steamer.
These delicious wonton rolls are steamed quickly, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce, these steamed Vietnamese rolls are a hit!
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 small carrot, finely chopped
- 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- ½ pound ground turkey
- ½ pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and finely chopped
- 6 oz. wonton wrappers (3x3’s)
- 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
- Handful fresh basil, chopped
- Dipping Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
- 1 tablespoon mirin wine
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- ½ fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- Heat canola oil in a medium sauté pan. Add in the garlic, shallots, carrots, and Thai chili peppers. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add in the green onions, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and let cool.
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey and chopped shrimp. Add in the sautéed vegetables and mix until well combined. Place a small amount of water at the bottom of a large wok, and set a bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper into the wok (or you can use a regular steamer insert into a pot).
- Place a wonton wrapper on a flat surface and add about 1 tablespoon of the mixture to the middle of the wrapper. Top the mixture with fresh basil and some beansprouts. Use your finger to dab some water along the top edge of the wonton wrapper. Fold the bottom edge up towards the top, rolling the wonton to meet the top edge. Seal and place in a bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Keep repeating this process until you fill the steamer with the wonton rolls. Heat the wok on high until boiling. Cook (steam) the wonton rolls until mixture is cooked thoroughly, around 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately on a platter with the dipping sauce.
- To make the dipping sauce: Whisk together the chili sauce, sambal oelek, mirin wine, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, and fresh basil. Serve along side the steamed rolls.
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