Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
  • 20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Lemon wedges, for servingIn a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.

MAKE AHEAD

The crab cakes can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.

 

Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp from Ina

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Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound angel hair pasta
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Zest and juice of 2 lemons

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the shrimp on a sheet pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.Toss well, spread them in one layer and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, just until they’re pink and cooked through.

Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add the angel hair and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Quickly toss the angel hair with the melted butter, 1/4 cup olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and about 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Add the shrimp and serve hot.

Shrimp With Thai Basil from Chinatown Kitchen: From Noodles to Nuoc Cham.

 

  • 112 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch ground white pepper
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or peanut oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green or red chili pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut crosswise into thick rings
  • 1 small white onion, cut into thin half-moons
  • 1/2 cup packed sugar snap peas or snow peas, cut in half
  • 10 peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
  • 2 small ripe tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • Small handful Thai basil leaves (see headnote; may substitute a hefty handful of Genovese basil)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime, for serving

Whisk together the fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, white pepper and 1 tablespoon of the water in a liquid measuring cup.

Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, swirl to coat, then add the garlic. Stir-fry gently for 3 to 4 minutes, then add the chili pepper and stir to combine. Stir in the onion; increase the heat to high and stir-fry for 1 minute, until the peppers have softened a bit, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn.

Add the sugar snap peas or snow peas and the remaining 3 tablespoons of water; stir-fry until the water has evaporated. Add the shrimp; stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the fish sauce mixture, the tomatoes and basil; stir-fry, shaking the wok once or twice, just until the shrimp have become opaque and the tomatoes have barely wilted.

Remove from the heat; add the lime juice.  Serve right away. 2 servings

 

Snowy Morrison’s hot smoked salmon

  • download200g thick salmon fillets, bones removed but skin left on
  • 1 tbs dark rum
  • 1 tbs soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbs cajun spice
  • 1 tbs salt flakes
  • 1 tbs tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs low-salt soy sauce
1. To make the secret rub, combine the brown sugar, Cajun spice and salt, then mix in the tomato sauce and soy sauce

2. Wash the salmon with the rum and leave to marinate for 30 minutes

3. Massage in the secret rub and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours

4. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature

5. Prepare a kettle barbecue for indirect cooking, building a small coal fire on both sides of the grill and allowing it to burn quite low until almost out

6. Add 2 handfuls of pre-soaked woodchips to both sides and allow them to start smoking well, with the lid on (temperature should be around 80-100°C)

7. Place the salmon on the grill, away from the heat source. Replace the lid and smoke for 40 minutes. Do NOT lift the lid because if you’re looking, you’re not cooking

8. Check the fish after 40 minutes, when it should be just cooked, and remove from the barbeque and allow it to rest before serving

Steamed Shrimp with Glass Noodles – Two Ways from the woks of life

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For the garlic version:
12 oz. shrimp, cleaned
1 bundle of glass noodles
1 tablespoon minced or grated garlic
1/4 cup water, plus more, to soak the garlic
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons light soy
1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
For the cilantro and green chili version:
12 oz. shrimp, cleaned
1 bundle of glass noodles
1 tablespoon minced green chilies
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons light soy
1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

Split the shrimp in half to the tail, leaving the tail whole. Soak the glass noodles in warm water for 20 minutes and drain.

For the garlic version, put the minced garlic into a bowl of hot water for a minute and strain. This takes some of the edge off of the garlic, and makes it sweeter once steamed. Combine the strained garlic with another 1/4 cup fresh water, sugar, light soy, and shaoxing wine.

For the cilantro green chili version, pound the minced green chilies and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a mortar and pestle. Set aside for 30 minutes. Then mix in the cilantro, sugar, water, light soy, and shaoxing wine.

Spread out the glass noodles in two shallow, heat-safe bowls. Fan out equal amounts of shrimp on each plate. Spoon the prepared sauces evenly over each of the shrimp dishes.

Boil water in a steamer with a steamer rack and place the dishes inside. Cover immediately and steam for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. The shrimp should be opaque and but not over-cooked. Keep a close eye on it, and adjust the steaming time according to the size of your shrimp.

Once you take the shrimp out, spoon the liquid over the shrimp and serve immediately.

 

Crisp Asian Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles from food & wine

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4 cups low-sodium chicken brot
2 cups water
1/4 cup mirin
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
8 ounces rice vermicelli, broken into 4-inch lengths
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 center-cut salmon fillets with skin (about 6 ounces each)
Salt
1 pound baby bok choy, cut into thin wedges
2 scallions, thinly sliced

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the broth, water, mirin, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and sugar to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. In a bowl, soak the rice noodles in very hot water until pliable, about 10 minutes. Drain the noodles and add them to the boiling water. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and transfer to 6 shallow bowls.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Season the salmon fillets with salt, add them to the skillet skin side down and cook over high heat until browned, about 4 minutes. Turn and cook until medium-rare, about 4 minutes longer. Set the fillets on the noodles.
  4. Add the bok choy to the boiling broth and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, divide the greens among the bowls and spoon in the broth. Garnish with the scallions and serve.

Scallop Crudo Bon Appétit (August 2011)

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1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce, preferably organic
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 red Thai chile, thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon Sherry vinegar
1/2 pound large sea scallops, side muscle removed, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn if large
2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
Sea salt

Whisk orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, oil, ginger, chile, and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour dressing onto 4 large rimmed plates. Arrange scallops over. Garnish with mint and chives. Season lightly with salt.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Bites

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16 ounce container fresh jumbo lump crab meat
1 large egg
½ cup regular mayonnaise
½ cup Italian bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
⅛ teaspoon fines herbs
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
optional: dijon mustard for serving

Set the oven to broil and place the oven rack near the top.
In a medium sized bowl, gently pick through the crab meat to remove any shells. Try not to break up the lumps.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the mayonnaise until well combined.
Add the breadcrumbs, Old Bay, fines herbs, garlic powder, mustard and Worcestershire sauce, stirring until well combined.

A little bit at a time, gently fold the wet mixture into the crab meat. This part takes some patience because you really want to avoid breaking up the lump meat.

Using a kitchen scale, weigh out 1 ounce bites and gently shape them with your hands.
Lightly grease the bottom of a baking sheet (baking spray works well) and place the crab cake bites on the sheet.
Place a small piece of butter on top of each crab cake bite.

Broil for 7-10 minutes, keeping a close eye to make sure they don’t burn. Allow them to cook on one side the entire time (the lack of filler makes them very delicate). If the tops seem like they’re going to burn, lower the oven rack or switch the broiler to a lower setting. You’re not cooking the meat but you want the filling to solidify and the egg to cook through.

When the tops are golden brown, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool. Place a toothpick in each crab cake bite before serving.  approximately 21 bites

Nobu’s Scrambled Egg Donburi Recipe, Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

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8 ounces skinless salmon fillet, cut into 3/4-inch slices
coarse salt
2 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons finely diced onion (about 1/2 onion)
1/4 cup tomato juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking sake
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup short-grain rice, cooked
1 sheet toasted Nori
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Place salmon in a small pot with 1 inch of salted cold water. Bring to a simmer until 70 percent cooked (it should be opaque on the outside yet slightly rare inside), 3 to 4 minutes. Lift out salmon and transfer to a bowl. Add soy sauce and flake into bite-size pieces.
Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, onion, tomato juice and sake in a bowl. Swirl oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add egg mixture and cook, stirring, until just set but still soft, about 2 minutes.
Divide rice among 4 bowls. Divide and layer fish on top. Crumble nori over fish, then top with scrambled eggs. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Lettuce-wrapped Halibut with Dill Cream – Laura Calder

Radishes and peas

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 bunches radishes, about 1-1/4 pounds/460 g, quartered or sliced
  • 2 cups freshly shelled peas
  • 1 pinch Salt and pepper
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • handful of chopped fresh dill

Fish and Sauce

  • 8 large Boston lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 fillets halibut, about 4 ounces/110 g each
  • 3 stalks dill, chopped
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/4 cups cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • pinch dill sprigs for garnish

Radishes and peas

  1. Melt the butter in a sauté pan and gently cook the radishes until half cooked. Add the peas with 1/4 cup/60 ml water. Continue cooking until the peas and radishes are tender Season, and scatter over the green onions and dill.

Fish and Sauce

  1. For the fish bundles: Lay the lettuce leaves in a sauté pan of boiling salted water for a few seconds. Remove, and immediately plunge in an ice bath. Lay flat on tea towels to drain, gently patting them dry. Remove the ribs, so you have strips of lettuce. Lay a few leaves on a board, slightly overlapping. Lay a fish fillet on top. Season, and neatly fold the lettuce leaves over to make a neat package, with the end of the fish visible out the ends. Make the other three bundles. If you’re not cooking until much later, wrap and refrigerate. Otherwise, just set them aside.
  2. For the sauce: Put the dill stalks, shallot, garlic, wine, and stock in a saucepan. Boil to reduce by three-quarters. Strain, and return to a clean saucepan. Add the cream and simmer to sauce consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the butter a piece at a time. Taste, and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, if needed.
  3. Lay the fish bundles in a bamboo steamer over a saucepan of 2-inches/5 cm boiling water. Steam until the fish is just cooked, about 10 minutes. Serve with the sauce (passed in a sauceboat). A bed of radishes and peas is the perfect accompaniment.
  4. For the plate: Enjoy a piece of fish and a tumble of radishes and peas side by side on a plate.