Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sesame Spinach

If you're not the biggest fan of garlic, you can down play the flavor by mincing it or subbing garlic powder. Serves 2.
  • 6 cups washed baby spinach
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds
- Heat vegetable oil over medium to high heat in a large pot
- Add garlic, stir fry for about 30 seconds, until garlic starts to brown
- Add spinach, cover and steam for 30 seconds
- Remove lid and continue to stir fry until the spinach begins to limp
- Add sesame oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Remove from heat and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds

This side is great with lemon fish. Don't be afraid to let some of the lemon sauce find its way to the spinach!

Asian Lemon Fish

Mmmm traditional Chinese lemon chicken goes pescatarian with panko bread crumbs! Pictured with sesame spinach.
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 in ginger root peeled and sliced
  • juice of 5 lemons
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs cold water
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • about 2 cups panko break crumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying
To make sauce:
- Combine water, sugar, and ginger, bring to a boil, reduce to medium and simmer 5 minutes
- Remove ginger slices, stir in lemon juice and zest, return to a boil
- Dissolve cornstarch in 4 tbs water, stir into lemon mixture, continue to cook until thickened

To make fish:
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl
- Whisk eggs, water, and soy sauce in another bowl
- Put panko bread crumbs in a third shallow bowl
- Dredge tilapia in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then press panko bread crumbs on the fillet completely covering
- Heat oil for frying over medium heat
- Once hot, cook tilapia for 3 minutes per side
- Drain tilapia on paper towel-lined plate
- Once ready to serve drizzle each piece with lemon sauce

I like to pour some extra sauce in a ramekin and dip the crunchy side pieces of the fish in it! Yummy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Steamed Mushroom Dumplings

  • 8 oz mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbs sesame oil
  • 4 chives chopped
  • sprinkle of salt
  • dash of Asian 5 spice seasoning
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 30 wonton wrappers
  • 1 egg beaten
  • corn starch for dusting
  • 1 cup veggie broth
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
- Combine mushrooms, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and seasonings into a food processor
- Pulse until mushrooms are completely shredded
- Dust a large baking sheet with cornstarch
- To assemble dumplings: brush one wonton wrapper very lightly with egg, lay another wonton wrapper on top, to make a double layer, put a scant tbs of mushroom filling in the middle of the wrapper, brush egg onto 1/2 wonton edge in a crescent moon shape, press edges together to close, making sure it is completely sealed, lay prepared wontons onto prepared baking sheet
- Repeat this until you run out of filling
- Heat 1 tbs oil in a large skillet with a tight fitting lid over high heat
- Place dumplings in pan with one side facing completely down ( you may have to cook in batches)
- Sear 2-3 minutes until seared brown on the bottom
- Pour in a large splash of vegetable broth and quickly seal with lid
- You may need to add several splash to keep it steaming, steam for about 5 minutes
- Remove and place a napkin-lined plate
- If cooking in batches, add another tbs of vegetable oil before searing each batch of dumplings
You can serve your dumplings with your own favorite dipping sauce. I use 1 part soy sauce, 1 part rice vinegar, and 1 part water

Monday, May 23, 2011

Classic Shrimp Fried Rice

To make this recipe vegetarian, simply omit the shrimp and add in your favorite vegetables. Just make sure to pat off excess water.
  • 2 1/2 tbs vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 10 oz cooked shrimp diced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tsp 5 spice Asian seasoning
  • 2 green onions chopped
- Place cooked rice in the fridge or freezer, it must be cold before you fry it.
- Heat 1/2 tbs oil in wok on high heat
- Cook eggs without stirring, then set aside
- Add remaining oil to wok, cook sprouts for 1 minute
- Make sure the skillet is sizzling hot, add rice, stir fry for 2 minutes, stirring with upward thrusts (so you don't smash the rice)
- Add shrimp and peas, continue cooking for 1 minute
- Stir in garlic powder, onion powder, and soy sauce
- Stir in egg and green onion


Monday, May 9, 2011

Shrimp and Tilapia Burgers w/ Tangy Chipotle Sauce

Burgers: (serves 4)
  • 1/2 pd tilapia
  • 1/2 pd shrimp
  • 1 inch knob ginger minced
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 egg white beaten till frothy
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • pinch white pepper
  • vegetable oil for cooking
-Put food processor bowl and blade in the freezer along with the tilapia (weird, but a must!).
-If using fresh shrimp, remove shell, tail, and vein. Chop roughly and place in the freezer.
-Cut tilapia fillets into 1/3 inch strips, then 1/3 inch cubes. Place in refrigerator.
-Fill a bowl with ice and water, then place another bowl on top. You will use this later for the shrimp mousse.
-Place semi-frozen shrimp, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, salt, and 1 tbsp of egg whites in the food processor.         Pulse until a course paste forms. With food processor running, gradually pour in the cream.
- Scrape shrimp mousse into the bowl over ice. Add chopped green onions and white pepper. Fold into the mousse.
- Sprinkle tilapia with salt and fold into mousse.
- Wet your hands, and make mixture into 4 medium to thick patties.
- Heat a thin layer of oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side. Cook until golden brown. Only flip once!

Tangy Chipotle Sauce:
  • 1 tbsp lightly whisked egg yolk
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 a shallot chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 small chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/8 tsp adobo sauce (from can)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
-Combine all ingredients **except oil** in food processor and blend until smooth.
- with food processor running, slowly pour in oil.

Serve burgers on a grilled burger thins with sauce, lettuce, and tomato! Enjoy!