Fish and Seafood Recipes
Top 14 Places to Buy Seafood
Finding great seafood can be more difficult than the actual cooking itself. If you live far from the ocean or in a small town, your choices can be very limited. Luckily, with modern shipping and online shopping, high quality seafood is available to everyone. One word of caution with buying seafood online, check shipping costs. Overnight shipping can be very expensive, especially when half your package is ice. But if you're looking for some great seafood, here are the companies I recommend.
New England Style Lobster Rolls
If you find yourself in Maine or in New England near the water, there is nothing more delicious than a fresh lobster roll from one of the many seafood cafes you will see in almost any town you stop in. Scrumptious lobster mixed with mayonnaise and a little seasoning. Simple but quite amazing to taste! (The second school of lobster rolls nixes the mayonnaise and heats the lobster in drawn butter. Also amazing!)
Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce and Pickled Ginger and Napa Slaw
These delicious Asian-inspired salmon burgers are sure to impress your dinner guests. Fresh salmon is smothered in an amazing hoisin barbecue sauce and topped with a helping of freshly made slaw and pickled ginger.
Fennel Crusted Tuna with Lemon Aioli
Delicious, meaty tuna lends itself well to grilling. A nice coating of toasted fennel, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns add a delicious crust to this tuna. The lemon aioli and couscous adds a nice contrast and pairs wonderfully with the fish.
Grilling is a wonderful method for preparing many types of seafood. The smokiness of grilling is the perfect flavor enhancer. The trick when grilling seafood is not to cook it too long - this is especially true of leaner seafood, which will dry out very quickly under intense heat. Mollusks should be cooked just until their shells open. Fish and lobster are typically cooked until the flesh is firm. The color of white fish will become opaque and flaky when done. For variety, some fish, such as tuna and salmon, can just be seared on the outside with a more rare center.
Beer Battered Fish
The secret ingredient to a really good beer battered fish fry is beer. Use good beer because the taste will definitely stand out. Fry up a bunch - everyone's gonna want seconds!
Top Ten Sustainable Seafood Choices
Choosing sustainable seafood means the seafood is harvested in a way that doesn't harm other sea creatures or harm the ecosystem where it is found. The species aren't overfished so they can be enjoyed by future generations. This benefits chefs, the consumer, fisherman and the environment. This is my Top Ten list of ecofriendly seafood choices...
Sustainable Seafood for the Eco-Conscious Cook
Nearly all seafood is affected in some way by humans whether it be overfishing or pollution. Can we as consumers do anything to stop declining fish populations? The answer is a definite yes. Besides ending uncontrolled polluting of the ocean, we can shift consumption of threatened species to more sustainable ones.
Bobby Flay's Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are delicious and very simple to make. Use a white, flaky fish like mahi mahi or orata. You can fry the fish or, in this case, grill which is much healthier. Be sure to serve with all the sides - that's what makes a great fish taco.
Grilled Oysters with Miso and Wasabi
This recipe for grilled oysters is easy to make but elegant. Served with wasabi-flavored crème fraîche and delicious crystals of miso gel it would make an extraordinary appetizer for your next party. Serve on the shell or in shot glasses. Seafood Watch recommends using farmed oysters. Most oyster farming operations are very well managed and produce a sustainable product.
Here is a tradition Cajun recipe using regional ingredients. The perfect dish to celebrate Mardi Gras or just great comfort food for a family dinner. When buying crawfish meat, look for the words "fat-on". Crawfish fat is an important part of good étouffée. Serve over hot rice.
Tequila Marinated Mahi Mahi with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce
Mahi Mahi is a wonderful fish for grilling. It has a nice meaty texture and great flavor. This recipe uses some traditional Latin ingredients (tequila, lime, avocado, tomatillo, coriander, chilis) that combine with the Mahi Mahi for excellent results.
Shrimp with Nectarine and Chili Sauce
Here's an easy way to prepare shrimp that is popping with flavor. Sweet juicy nectarines and spicy serrano chilis make a wonderful combination that pairs very well with shrimp.
Miso-Glazed Cod with Charred Red Onions, Nectarine and Radish Salad
There are a lot of ingredients to this cod dish but it is beautifully simple to prepare. Fresh, juicy nectarines complement the grilled fish wonderfully.
Chilled Seafood Salad
Here's a wonderful seafood dish served cold with shrimp, mussels, calamari, and scallops.
Filet Mangrove Snapper with Sambuca, Fennel and Kalamata Olives
This recipe was created by Miami chef Giancarla Bodoni of Escopazzo, an organic Italian restaurant.
Clam, Pork, Sausage, and Bacon Stew
A number of traditional Portuguese dishes are based on the unlikely, but flavorful, combination of pork and shellfish." A cataplana is a hinged, domed, classic Portuguese pan that closes with two side handles creating a tight seal, so that foods cook in their own juices traditionally made from hammered copper. A dutch oven is a good alternative if you don't have a cataplana.
Bay Scallops with Mushrooms, Peppers, and Grilled Italian Sausage
In this dish we use tiny, succulent Nantucket Bay scallops and sometimes present them as a first course served in a scallop shell. If bay scallops are unobtainable, larger sea scallops may be substituted.
Pan-seared King Salmon with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
King salmon has a lovely rose color and a high fat content, making its flavor very rich and sweet. The acidic vinaigrette offsets the sweetness perfectly, and the colors are an absolute symphony on the plate.
Grilled Fish with Nectarine Mint Salsa
Here's a great recipe for fish that is healthy yet full of flavor.
Tom Douglas's Crab Cake BLT Sandwiches
This delightful recipe comes from Seattle celebrity chef Tom Douglas. Chef Douglas' restaurants include Lola, dahlia lounge, Etta's, and The Palace Kitchen.
Chile-Seared Salmon with Sweet Pear Pineapple Salsa
Chiles love salmon - they add just the right accent to flavor the salmon to its greatest dimension. Fruity salsas, spiked with chiles, adds just the right complement.
Blackened Salmon with Chipotle Squash Puree and Mango Rice
A little spicy, a little sweet, this recipe combines some of my fall favorites. Fresh and earthy butternut squash pairs perfectly with salmon. Sweet, tangy mangos cut through the smoky, spicy chipotles to create a dish that is a little exotic and exciting yet well-balanced.
Farmhouse Shrimp and Scallops with Pernod Cream Sauce
A rich and earthy dish with complex flavors, seafood and the farm combine here for a heavenly match.
Tuna Niçoise is more of a meal than a salad. Poached tuna and lots of vegetables give this dish a wonderful balance of flavors. The individual ingredients are simple to make, but when put together on a plate look very sophisticated.
Recipes for a Gourmet Valentine's Day Menu
Here is a romantic Valentine's Day menu
Candied Walnut Crusted Salmon with Lemon Zest Vinaigrette and Spring Pea Sprouts
Fresh salmon is seared to perfection then finished in the oven with a candied walnut butter that creates a deliciously sweet and flaky fish. Pea sprouts are tossed in a lemon zest vinaigrette to top the salmon adding a crisp bite to the dish.
Maple-Mustard Glazed Smoked Sable with Beets and Horseradish Vinaigrette
This sable fish recipe was created to replace gefilte fish in this traditional Passover entree. Sable fish is soft-textured with a mild flavor and, when cooked, has a similar flaky texture similar to sea bass.
Crab Toasts with Sriracha Mayonnaise
This is a wonderful appetizer using delicious crab meat and the Asian hot sauce, Sriracha. Sriracha is made from sun-dried chiles and garlic and is a very versatile condiment to have in the kitchen. The most popular brand in the U.S. is Rooster Sauce from Huy Fong Foods.