Category: Seafood

Fat Tuesday mantra “Suck head; pinch tail!”

Bliss!

 

Grow grow grow!!!!

Okay, so do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Let me start gently, then.  The good news is that it’s crawfish season again and it will be available for Mardi Gras!  The bad news is that this year is starting out like last year with small crawfish due to the cold weather, according to the Town Talk, a Louisianna based news publication.  This is a bubble buster for those of us living in Texas/Louisianna who’ve waited patiently to enjoy this seasonal delicacy.  Blame it on global warming but the weather is one of the major factors in getting them to plump up!  Once the weather starts to warm up, then you’ll be seeing some decent sized crawfish.  So, enjoy the festivities and the OTHER  food offered before Lent starts such as shrimp po’boys, king cake (good luck!!), pancakes (Shrove Tuesday tradition from England), or whatever street fare you find!  

Oh!  And, if you do get to eat crawfish this year, try it with lemon pepper (and beer).  If this is your first attempt to boil them, please don’t forget to purge them of the swamp muck by dunking them in ice water bath for ten minutes or so, then boil. 

Crawfish happens to be Stacy’s favorite, so stay tuned to Hungry-4-More because he may surprise y’all with a Cajun recipe for crawfish boils! 

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Simple Pad Thai

Simple Pad ThaiA very simple and quick recipe for Pad Thai. Being single, I can whip this up pretty quick when I need a meal and don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

2 oz Pad Thai noodles
10 medium shrimp, peeled deveined, tails removed
3 tablespoons pepper infused extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Teriyaki sauce
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon Teriyaki Ginger rub (Adams Reserve)
Dried Cilantro leaves
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Directions:

Soak Pad Thai noodles in warm water for at least 10 minutes until soft, salt can be added to the water if desired. I put them in a medium sauce pan over low heat. While noodles are soaking peel, devein and remove the tails from the shrimp, chop garlic, and slice shallot. In a medium skillet or wok, over medium-high to high heat, add olive oil, garlic, shallots and shrimp. Saute until shrimp become pink and opaque. Remove and set aside, leaving oil. Add eggs to the skillet and scramble until cooked. Reduce heat to medium-low. Drain and add noodles, Teriyaki sauce, Teriyaki ginger rub, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir fry until thoroughly mixed and sauce is absorbed. Add back in shrimp, shallots and garlic. Mix well. Remove to dish and garnish with cilantro leaves and Sriracha sauce.

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Cajun Shrimp and Rice

This dish was inspired by the dish I cooked on my profile photo shoot. I wanted to make it a little more authentic Cajun style.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 lb Shrimp peeled, deveined and cut into 1/2 sized pieces
6 oz Boudin (Canjun style if available)
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1 bell pepper coarsely chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
3-4 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon course ground pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
Tabasco

Directions:

Add olive oil, minced garlic, chopped onion and bell pepper to a saute pan over medium to medium high heat. Remove boudin from casing and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Add the boudin to the saute pan with the paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Saute for 5 minutes until boudin is well heated. Add rice and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently,  until rice has absorbed the broth. Added shrimp 3-5 shakes of Tabasco and cook 3 minutes more or until shrimp is cooked and has a nice pink shade.

Variants:

For a main dish, leave shrimp uncut serves 2.

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Sea Food Trio Paella with Lobster, Scallops and Shrimp

One of my favorite ways to prepare paella. It makes me wish I lived on the coast so I could get the proteins fresh all the time.

Ingredients:

2 6 to 8 ounce lobster tails
1/2 pound bay scallops (may substitute colossal scallops)
1 lb shrimp 30-40 count
4 oz Chorizo
2 medium red bell peppers (or 1 large)
2 medium green bell peppers (1 large)
1/2 medium white onion
1/2 medium red onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cup white basmati rice
10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Lemon
Lime
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Prep:

Peel and devein shrimp.
Seed and devein bell peppers cut into 1/2 inch strips
Chop onions
Mince garlic
Cut lobster tails through the shell crosswise in 1-inch lengths
If using colossal scallops instead of bay scallops, quarter
Mince parsley as needed
Quarter lemon and limes as needed

Cook lobster. Add butter to medium skillet and melt over a medium heat. Add the lobster tail pieces to the pan and cook through, about 6 minutes, turning once. Remove the lobster meat from the shell and roughly chop. This can usually be done when the rice is in the oven.

Directions:

Sea Food Trio Paella

Sea Food Trio Paella

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large saucepan or paella pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the onion, the garlic, the peppers, the saffron and the chorizo. Cook for 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft and chorizo is browned.

Stir in the rice, tomatoes and tomato paste until well mixed and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and place the saucepan in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice, until rice is fully cooked.

Return the saucepan to the stove top and add the lobster, scallops and shrimp. Steam the seafood for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before plating.

Plate with the chopped parsley and a lemon and a lime wedge.

Notes:

Feeds an army!

The seafood amounts can be adjusted as long as the basic total weight stays close to 2 1/2 lbs.

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

A really tasty dish, fairly easy to make.

Ingredients:

6 Scallops
6 Strips Bacon
Salt (Sea Salt is preferable)
Fresh ground pepper
Paprika
Olive oil
1/2 pound shrimp (30-40 count), shelled and deveined
1/2 Green bell pepper
1/2 Red bell pepper
1/2 White onion
2 Jalapenos peppers
2 Serrano peppers
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup white rice
2 Cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons of Louisiana style hot sauce (Tabasco recommended)

Directions:

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

For the rice. Chop onion and bell peppers each vegetable should yield about 1/2 cup. Remove the seeds and veins from jalapenos and Serrano’s, then chop. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter. Add rice and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning the rice. Add bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, Serrano and garlic to rice cook for 3-4 more minutes for vegetables to soften. Again stirring frequently. Add hot sauce and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Add shrimp on top of rice cover and simmer for 6 more minutes. This will steam cook the shrimp. Shrimp is done when it is pink and firm. Remove from heat and mix the shrimp in with the rice.

Preheat oven broiler. Wrap the scallops with bacon and secure with a toothpick such that the toothpick extrudes on both sides.. In a shallow baking sheet, place the scallops and drizzle each with olive oil. Lightly season each scallop with salt, pepper and paprika. Place under the broiler and cook for 6-7 minutes. Remove and turn the scallops, this should be made simple by using both ends of each toothpick and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Cook for 6-7 more minutes until bacon is cooked through.

Plate the rice in a bed covering each plate about 1/2 inch thick. Add scallops and serve.

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