Posts tagged: Shrimp

Spring Roll Party

A great way to spend an afternoon with friends and family is to invite them over for a culinary adventure!  I asked two of my friends, Gene and Hong, to walk me through Vietnamese spring roll making, and they both agreed to educate and share their experience with me.      

 To save money and time, Gene, Hong and I decided to share the task and cost of preparing some things at home the day before doing the spring rolls.  I boiled two pounds of shrimp, Gene BBQ’d a pork loin, and Hong brought some fried tofu from a local vendor.  Here’s how Gene and I prepared our stuff…     

 Gene’s BBQ’d Pork Loin     

  1. In a ziploc bag add ground black pepper, garlic powder and a squirt of Sriracha hot chili sauce.
  2. Add loin to mix and shake it up
  3. Marinade for1 hour
  4. Grill, sear and smoke the loin
  5. Add BBQ sauce at the end

Yvette’s Shrimp Boil      

  1. Thaw a 2 lb bag of frozen shrimp, devained and shelled
  2. Boil water and add shrimp with shell on
  3. Scoop the shrimp out when they float to the top (small strainer helps)
  4. Let them cool and then peel off the shell

(I could have put some Cajun spices to the boil but I didn’t think of it)     

On the day we planned to make these spring rolls, we first went to an Asian supermarket, and for me this was the intimidating part!  Most staff are willing to help but the easiest way is if you have an Asian friend to take you on a small tour. (Thanks, Hong!)  This author was surprised to discover fresh and inexpensive herbs there!   Compare prices at your local Asian market vs. regular grocery store and be amazed!  

Here’s how we did all the prep work the day of of spring rolling…     

 Peanut Sauce Prep     

  1. Saute 4-5 shallot cloves, chopped
  2. Once the shallots are caramelized, throw in 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  3. 1 cup of hoison
  4. 1/3 of a jar of peanut butter
  5. 1 cup of water (or as much as desired in thickness)
  6. Dash of rooster sauce or Tabasco sauce to taste

Rice Noodle Prep      

  1.  Boil the rice noodles or bun (pronounced like boon) for about 5-8 minutes for a softer noodle
  2. Separate the noodles in small clumps in a large strainer for easier pickin’s
  3. Rinse the bun two times in cold water

Herb Prep      

  1. Wash the curly lettuce twice
  2.  Soak and wash twice the cilantro (Ngo), Thai basil (Que), mint (Kanh Gioi), lemon herb (Rau ram). thin leeks (He).  For a spicier mix add spearmint (Hung Cay) or peppermint (Hung Hui).

 Okay!  Let’s put all these things together!!!  

 
For a recipe on crispy spring rolls, check out my article on Associated Content.  
 
 

           Introduction to Asian Cuisine with Dorothy Huang
If you were ever frustrated about how your attempts at Asian cooking turn out, it’s possible you might be tempted to give up and just order in.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2972480/introduction_to_asian_cuisine_with.html?cat=22     

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.

Stacys Intense Ceviche

Fresh Ingredients
Fresh Ingredients

Ceviche is one of the easiest appetizers to make. Take some seafood, throw it in some citric juices, and wait. That’s it. The acid in the citric juice actually cooks the seafood. Below, is the way I make ceviche for a party, it’s SIC.

Ingredients

1 Poblano Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Orange Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 cup Red Onion, cut into 1″ squares
2 Large Jalapenos, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
4 Garlic coves, minced
2 cups Mango, peeled and cut into large 3/4″ to 1″ cubes
1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. Bay Scallops
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Pepper
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 cup Fresh Lime juice
1 cup Fresh Lemon juice
1 1/2 cup Fresh Orange juice
1/2 cup Rum

Directions:

Put everything into a gallon sized Ziploc storage bag. Close Ziploc and shake to fully mix ingredients. Remove air from Ziploc. Place Ziploc in bowl. Marinade in refrigerator  for 18-24 hours.

Use:

Stacys Intense Cheviche
Stacys Intense Ceviche

Strain juice from ingredients. It is often useful to save the juice for repackaging. Spoon ingredients in to Martini glasses and serve with a toothpick.

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.

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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