Category — Fish + Seafood Recipes
We’re experiencing record high temperatures here in the Bay Area, which makes me want to eat light, bright dinners like this broiled halibut with chermoula. Chermoula is a versatile North African condiment made with toasted spices, cilantro, and parsley, and it goes beautifully with fish.
April 29, 2013 No Comments
I mostly prefer to eat my tuna raw or seared, but I make an exception and eat it fully cooked when it’s prepared this way. You need to plan ahead, as the tuna has to marinate in an oil mixture for at least 6 hours, but all told it’s a snap to make. Instead of buttering or oiling the toast that holds the confit, I was inspired to add the avocado smear instead after eating a fabulous avocado toast with boquerones at Beast and the Hare.
July 26, 2011 No Comments
As I’ve previously mentioned, one of my favorite things about Hawaii is the opportunity to eat raw fish three meals a day. Today was an unseasonally hot Sunday (for San Francisco, at least) so I knew I wanted a cool and refreshing dinner to end the weekend. The result was a salmon poke, with cubes of ripe avocado and raw wild salmon seasoned with lime, mint leaves, coriander. Because we’re in that brief green garlic season, I chopped some finely and added it to the mix–but if your summer nights fall past the springtime, feel free to substitute green onions.
May 1, 2011 10 Comments
Recently a friend was coming over for dinner, and asked if he could bring some fish over for me to cook. I loved this idea because a) fish is hella expensive, and b) I loathe going to the store. He very kindly went all the way across town to Yum Yum Fish Market to get the most delicious, high quality, enormous hunk of tuna for me to make this. (Future dinner guests: take note. If you come to my house, a large piece of high quality fish is an excellent hostess gift.)
July 23, 2010 2 Comments
This technique from SteamyKitchen.com is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. It’s easy and adaptable, and seems almost impossible to screw up or overcook.
Basically, you cook salmon at a really low temperature for about 30 minutes, which cooks it thoroughly while allowing it to retain it’s tenderness and doesn’t let it get dry and chalky. The recipe gives several suggestions for different flavor combos, but today I brushed the salmon with a honey-mustard mixture and cooked it on a bed of oranges and parsley.
You can find Jaden’s technique for low and slow salmon right here, at Steamy Kitchen. Mmmm. Thanks Jaden!
January 1, 2010 2 Comments
This is one of my favorite posts from my previous blog… so I’m reposting it here while I’m on vacation! Enjoy!
I spent a long weekend in the Hamptons with my two very best girlfriends, Lori and Michelle, who sadly (for me) are two displaced California lasses who have decamped to New York City. The reason was ostensibly Lori’s bachelorette party, but it was really just an excuse to spend some quality time together.
I usually don’t make such fancy shmancy stuff, but this was an occasion that called for something special. Plus, I was excited for the opportunity to pick up some incredibly fresh local seafood and build a seasonal meal around it. This dish screams “springtime” and turned out fabulously well, if I do say so myself. And although it seems a little complicated, for me, at least- it was not so very much effort for such an impressive result. When I do buckle down and commit to a more complex or fussy meal, it is really exhilarating when it turns out well, because I sometimes fear that I’m losing my chichi cooking chops by tending almost always towards the simplest types of cooking. This was the first meal that I’ve cooked in quite some time that gave me that “yep, still got it” feeling.
I was loath to put up the recipe because I completely winged it, and don’t have exact measurements, but Lori and Michelle were really hoping to re-create the meal at home, so I’m summoning my best powers of memory and estimation to try and offer you a coherent recipe.
Seared Sea Scallops with Melted Ginger Leeks and Crispy Mushrooms
This is the amount I made for 3 people, but it could serve 2 or 4 if you just adjust the scallop amounts- the mushrooms and leeks will be an OK amount either way. I served it with asparagus risotto.
- a couple Tblsp butter
- a couple Tblsp olive oil
- ½ pound oyster mushrooms, chopped finely
- 1 large or 2 small shallots, chopped finely
- ¾ cup white wine
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2-inch piece of ginger, peel on, sliced
- 9 fresh large sea scallops, rinsed and dried well
- 2 medium-sized leeks, cut in thin slices
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Put about 1 Tblsp olive oil and 1 Tblsp butter in a sauté pan and heat over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and season with a lot of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until small and dark brown and crispy. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Return mushroom pan to medium high heat and add ½ cup wine. Cook until almost completely evaporated.
- Add cream and cook until bubbling. Turn off heat and add ginger. Set aside.
- Season scallops with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Put about 1 Tblsp butter and 1 Tblsp olive oil in a sauté pan over high heat. When hot, place scallops in pan, flat side down. Cook about 3 minutes per side, until nice and crispy brown on each side. Remove to plate. (Remember that the scallops will continue to cook a bit after removing from pan, so it’s better to err on the side of undercooking rather than overcooking.) Remove to a plate and set aside to rest.
- In a small pan, heat about 2 tsp olive oil and add shallots. Saute until soft but not brown.
- Add leeks and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add ¼ cup wine and cook until almost evaporated.
- Discard ginger pieces from cream. Pour cream over leeks. Cook about 2-3 minutes, until leeks are soft.
- To plate, pull out some leeks with tongs and make a bed on the plate. Place 3 scallops on top. Pour a little bit of the leek cream over the top of the scallops. Sprinkle with a handful of mushrooms.
June 27, 2009 No Comments
After a dungeness crab feast at my parents’ house, I was blessed with the hard-won fruits of my cracking labors in the form of about a cup and a half of fresh lump crab to take home. I love crab cakes but often feel disappointed by the filler-full ones you get in restaurants. This recipe is the best one I’ve tried, because it really highlights the crab, without overpowering it with too many seasonings or too much filler.
Before you think I’m bragging about my AWESOME recipe too much, let me tell you that this is not my recipe- it was in the NYTimes a couple years ago. The secret brilliance here is that instead of using bread crumbs as a binding agent, you use a little bit of mashed potatoes. It calls for a small amount, so if you don’t want to make them either buy a small amount of prepared mashed potatoes from Whole Foods or a deli, or boil 1 peeled potato and smash it up with a little butter, milk, yogurt, or whatever to make it the right consistency.
The Crystal Beurre Blanc is a fantastic addition, but if it seems like too much effort, just put a bottle of Crystal or Frank’s Red Hot on the table. The recipe suggests serving the crab cakes over spinach, but in this case I served them over sauteed shredded brussels sprouts. Delicious!
Get the recipe here.
February 15, 2009 No Comments
I bought some fresh ahi tuna yesterday and envisioned searing it and serving it over some tasty Asian noodles, but that didn’t happen. We wanted to eat a light dinner tonight because we’re going to a “holiday” party (yep, in January) and are unsure of the potential food options at the event. I made a mixture in the food processor and seared half of it onto the tuna, then tossed the rest with some microgreens. A lovely, tangy, fresh and healthy meal!
Note: I’m calling it “Vietnamesque” instead of “Vietnamese” because I don’t want to front or anything. You know, because I just made it up and I’m not Vietnamese.
Vietnamesque Seared Ahi Salad
- 2 Tblsp packed mint leaves
- 2 Tblsp packed cilantro leaves
- 1 shallot
- 1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped (optional)
- 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 3 Tblsp slivered almonds
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 Tblsp sesame oil
- 1 Tblsp vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 small ahi tuna steaks
- about 2-3 oz microgreens (or greens of your choosing- I found the microgreens at Trader Joe’s)
- In a food processor or blender, combine mint, cilantro, shallot, jalapeño (if using), ginger, and 2 Tblsp almonds. Pulse until chopped.
- Add vinegar, lime juice, sugar, 2 tsp sesame oil, vegetable oil, salt and pepper and pulse until well-blended and saucy but not perfectly smooth.
- Heat 2 tsp sesame oil in a flat pan. Meanwhile rinse ahi steaks and dry very well. When oil is hot, use tongs to sear all sides of the tuna. (If tuna is less than 1/2 inch thick, you can just sear on each side. If it’s thicker than that, you should sear the edges as well as the large flat sides, by holding the fish on edge in the pan with the tongs for ~30 seconds each side.)
- When done, smear about 1/4 of the sauce on one side of each tuna steak and flip over to cook for about 10 seconds. Mixture will brown almost immediately. Remove fish to cutting board, sauce side up.
- Toss microgreens with remaining sauce. (Start with one Tblsp and add more as desired.) Arrange on plates.
- Slice tuna in large pieces and lay over greens. Crush remaining Tblsp of almonds in your hand and sprinkle on top. Serve immediately.
January 16, 2009 No Comments