This was such an elegant, fresh, tasty, and quick-cooking dish. It is part of a recipe collection that Food and Wine published for their 40th anniversary titled “Food & Wine: Our 40 Best-Ever Recipes.”
The recipe was contributed to this special issue by Marcella Hazan. I modified the ratio, using less swordfish but the same amount of sauce. By serving the fish over a bed of rice, the rice absorbed all of the extra deliciousness.
Yield: Serves 3 to 4
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons table salt (I used coarse salt)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds swordfish steaks, cut 1/2 inch thick (I cut 1-inch thick steaks in half)
- Light a grill or preheat the broiler.
- Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice with the salt until the salt dissolves. (I used coarse salt- which took quite a while to dissolve.) Stir in the oregano. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and season generously with pepper.
- Grill the swordfish steaks over high heat (as close to the heat as possible), turning once, until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (6 minutes total).
- Transfer the fish to a platter. (I covered the platter with a bed of rice first.)
- Prick each fish steak in several places with a fork to allow the sauce to penetrate. Using a spoon, beat the sauce, then drizzle it over the fish (and rice, if desired). Serve at once.
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Tags: easy, fast, grilled, Italian, lemon, Marcella Hazan, olive oil, oregano, sauce, seafood, Sicilian, swordfish
My herb garden has been beyond fabulous this year. I wanted to make sure that I made this dish before my beautiful basil faded away.
This dish was described as being “more addictive than Doritos.” 🙂 The recipe is from Bon Appétit, contributed by Andy Baraghani. I don’t usually follow a recipe precisely, but did on this occasion because I had never used Fresno chilies. Oops. The dish was tasty but beyond spicy. I regret not tasting my chilies for heat intensity. I will certainly do that next time, and will follow the recipe as written with milder chilies or remove the seeds and ribs for spicier chilies.
The spicy-sweet sauce was delicious and I still enjoyed it. This dish also comes together very quickly and is perfect for a weeknight meal. We ate it over brown Basmati rice with tomato slices on the side. The tomatoes really helped offset the heat. 🙂
Yield: Serves 3 to 4
3 Fresno chiles, coarsely chopped (seeds and ribs removed, to taste)
6 garlic cloves, smashed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 T fish sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
4 T vegetable or grapeseed oil, divided
1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined, patted dry
2 cups basil leaves (about 1 bunch)
lime wedges, for serving
- 1 cup of rice (cooked in 2 cups stock or water), for serving
- Blend chiles, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, salt, and 3 T oil in a blender until smooth. (I used a Vitamix.)
- Transfer marinade to a medium bowl and add shrimp; toss to coat. Let sit 10 minutes.
- Heat remaining 1 T oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high.
- Using tongs, just when oil begins to smoke and working in batches if needed, add shrimp, leaving marinade behind, and cook, turning once, until lightly charred around the edges, about 1 minute per side.
- Remove pan from heat. Add basil and toss vigorously until basil is wilted.
- Transfer shrimp mixture to a platter. Serve with rice and lime wedges alongside.
Posted in Quick, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: basil, dinner, easy, fast, fish sauce, Fresno, fresno chilies, lime, quick, shrimp, stir fry, summer
Compared to my last post, this pressure cooker biryani is an even faster version of this full-flavored Indian dish- very tasty but possibly a little less authentic.
There are a couple points to note in order for this dish to be a success. It is very important to use the largest shrimp available to prevent over-cooking. Secondly, when adding the water to the pot, it must be boiling in order for the rice to cook in the allotted time frame.
This recipe was adapted from The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Chandra Ram via The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I increased the amount of garlic, omitted the curry leaves, and used a stove-top pressure cooker instead of an Instant Pot. Nice.
Yield: Serves 6
- 2 cups Basmati rice
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 Serrano chile, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I used 4 large cloves)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Chile powder, preferably Kashmiri (I used Ancho)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 10 fresh curry leaves, torn into pieces, optional (if available)(can substitute curry powder, to taste)
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
- 1 ½ pounds jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 or fewer per pound, see note), peeled and deveined
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more wedges for serving
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Place the rice in a bowl and cover with 2 cups water. Let stand for 20 minutes, then drain and rinse.
- Heat oil in the pot of a pressure cooker (set to the sauté function set on high in an electric pot), until oil is shimmering.
- Add onion; cook for about 4 minutes, until softened.
- Stir in Serrano chile, ginger, garlic, salt, chile powder, turmeric, paprika and curry leaves (if using); cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
- Stir in boiling water; using a wooden spoon, stir, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
- Stir in soaked rice, shrimp and tomatoes (with juice).
- Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Quick-release the pressure (on my pot, I rotate the release valve 90 degrees), stir lime juice into the rice, then cover the pressure cooker with a kitchen towel and the lid; let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Give rice another stir, then taste and add more salt, if needed.
- Transfer to a platter, garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges on the side.
Note: Make sure to use jumbo shrimp or larger for this recipe. Look for “16/20” or “U/15” on the package; this indicates how many shrimp there are per pound.
Posted in Pressure Cooker, Quick, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: Basmati rice, biryani, cilantro, curry leaves, dinner, ginger, grains, Indian, Instant Pot, jumbo shrimp, paprika, pressure cooker, serrano, shrimp, turmeric
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This is an incredibly full-flavored one-pan dish. I made it when my mom was visiting because she is such a fan of shrimp. She loved it! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Ali Slagle. Fast and fabulous.
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, patted dry
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon juice (from 1 lemon)
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, minced, divided
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup orzo
- ⅓ cup dry white wine
- 2 cups boiling water, seafood stock, or chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- In a medium bowl, stir together the shrimp, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the lemon zest, red-pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and half the garlic. Set aside to marinate (this step can be done up to 1 hour in advance).
- To a medium skillet, add the butter, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and remaining minced garlic; heat over medium.
- When the butter starts to bubble, add the orzo and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the orzo is toasted, about 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent the garlic from burning.
- Carefully add the wine (it will bubble) and stir until absorbed, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the water or stock, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the orzo is al dente, about 12 to 16 minutes.
- Add the shrimp in a snug, even layer on top of the orzo, cover, and cook until all the shrimp is pink and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with parsley and lemon juice, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Posted in Quick, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: dinner, fast, Italian, lemon, one pan, orzo, pasta, quick, seafood, shrimp, wine
I made this lovely dish for Easter dinner. The sauce was absolutely incredible. I also loved that the salmon was served over a plate of sautéed vegetables. The recipe was adapted from one of the most popular menu items at NYC’s Union Square Café in the 1990’s.
The recipe is from the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Food and Wine magazine titled “Our 40 Best-Ever Recipes,” contributed by Michael Romano. I am keeping this issue as a “cookbook” because I want to try so many (practically all!) of the dishes. The issue states that this salmon dish is one of the best recipes Food and Wine has ever published. Very special.
We finished our meal with a celebratory Bunny Cake, of course!
Yield: Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as a first course (this recipe can be doubled easily)
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter (6 ounces), divided
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion (I used 1/2 of a large red onion)
- 3 garlic cloves (2 thinly sliced and 1 whole), divided
- 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and reserved, caps quartered, divided
- 1 medium-size ripe tomato, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- coarse salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 pound fresh spinach
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 3-4 ears)
- 1 (1 to 1 1/2 pound) center-cut salmon fillet, sliced crosswise into 4 to 6 strips
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
Make the Sauce:
- Cut 6 tablespoons butter into 1/2-inch cubes, and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium-low.
- Add onion, sliced garlic, shiitake stems, tomato, black peppercorns, and bay leaf, and cook until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 12 minutes.
- Add balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup water, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is syrupy, about 4 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low, and add cubed butter, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, whisking thoroughly between additions.
- Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour sauce through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.
- Keep sauce warm over a double boiler.
Prepare the Spinach:
- Spear whole garlic clove with a dinner fork. (I’ve never done this before- genius!)
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high until just beginning to smoke.
- Add spinach; cook, stirring using fork with garlic clove, until spinach is wilted.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste; transfer to a colander to drain. Discard garlic clove.
Prepare the Corn & Mushrooms:
- Wipe skillet clean with paper towels. Reduce heat to medium, and add 3 tablespoons butter.
- Add shiitake caps, and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in corn kernels; cook until completely heated through, about 3 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl, and keep warm.
- Increase heat to high, and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet.
- Season salmon strips with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add fish to skillet, and cook until browned but barely cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
- Divide spinach among 6 plates; surround with corn and shiitakes.
- Place a salmon strip on top of spinach, and spoon vinegar sauce on fish.
- Garnish with a sprinkling of chives; serve immediately.
Posted in Greens, Holiday, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood
Tags: balsamic vinegar, chives, corn, Easter, fish, mushrooms, salmon, sauce, shiitake, spinach, tomatoes, Union Square Cafe
Charleston, South Carolina is a very special place for me. As a tribute, I make a lot of Southern food. 🙂 I also make shrimp and grits as part of our traditional Easter celebration.
We were lucky enough to travel back to Charleston recently and we brought home a couple of different types of grits. The fresh from South Carolina grits really made this dish extra special. I also baked the grits for the first time and the results were amazing. I used a blend of stone ground white and yellow grits for this dish, but, I also have special pink “unicorn grits” from Millers All Day which I’ll be sure to share with you in another dish.
This dish is from a Food and Wine “staff-favorite” recipe, contributed by Isaac Toups of Toups South in New Orleans. It was absolutely incredible. (We need to go to his restaurant!) It may be quite difficult to try a new version next year. I served it with roasted asparagus. Lovely.
- Preheat oven to 200°F, preferably on convection.
- Toss together shrimp and Cajun seasoning in a medium bowl. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.
- Place milk and 1/4 cup butter in a medium ovenproof saucepan. Bring to a vigorous simmer over medium, stirring occasionally.
- Gradually add grits, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and grits are evenly suspended in milk, about 6 minutes.
- Cover saucepan; transfer to preheated oven. Bake until grits are tender, 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove from oven; stir in 2 teaspoons salt and remaining 1/4 cup butter. Cover to keep warm until ready to use. (I put the pot in a warming oven.)
- While the grits are in the oven, stir together vinegar, 3/4 cup water, sugar, and remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil over high.
- Stir in mustard seeds. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until seeds are tender, about 35 minutes.
- Add tomato and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and mixture has thickened, 14 to 16 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Remove shrimp from refrigerator. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high until smoking.
- Add shrimp to skillet in a single layer; cook until opaque and lightly charred, about 1 minute and 30 seconds per side.
- To serve, divide grits among 4 bowls. Top evenly with shrimp and chowchow; sprinkle with sliced scallion.
Note: The chowchow can be made up to a week in advance.
Posted in Holiday, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: apple cider vinegar, baked grits, brunch, cajun, Charleston, dinner, Easter, green tomato, grits, mardi gras, mustard seeds, New Orleans, shrimp, Southern, southern food
Did I mention that I met Bobby Flay this summer? It’s true! It was fun but really not that exciting. 😉 He came to our mall for the 10th anniversary of his first “Bobby’s Burger Palace” restaurant. I stood outside in a huge line in 90+ degree heat with my kids and friends for the opportunity to meet him. I think that I waited so long to share this news because the photo of me with Mr. Flay is terrible. I was also too shy to ask him to write to “the brook cook” in my new Bobby Flay cookbook. Ugh. Overall, we all had good time, I bought a great cookbook, and we got free milkshakes. 🙂
Now seems like the time to share this dish because it’s from his “Fit” cookbook, healthy and tasty. Perfect for the season of resolutions and dietary changes.
The recipe is adapted from Bobby Flay Fit: 200 Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle by Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson. I used graffiti eggplant instead of Japanese, grape tomatoes instead of plum, and increased the garlic. I made the dish a little more caloric by serving it over brown Basmati rice. Cauliflower rice would also be a nice option- or without rice as in the original recipe.
Yield: Serves 4
- 2 graffiti eggplants or 4 Japanese eggplants, about 1 pound, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 12 grape tomatoes or 2 seeded plum tomatoes, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 8 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste, preferably Calabrian
- 5 T olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus whole leaves for garnish
- 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used 21-25 count)
- 1 tsp ground fennel
- brown Basmati rice or cauliflower rice, for serving, optional
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggplant, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and 3 tablespoons of the oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
- Spread the vegetables on a large, parchment paper-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring a few times, until soft and lightly golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the vegetables to a food processor and purée until almost smooth. Add the vinegar and 1/4 cup of water, and continue processing until smooth.
- Add the basil and the parsley and pulse a few times to incorporate while still leaving flecks of herbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and transfer to a bowl.
- In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and the fennel and season with salt and pepper.
- Spread the shrimp in an even layer on a large, parchment paper-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast, turning once, until pink and firm and just cooked through, about 8 minutes.
- To serve, spoon sauce over prepared rice, if desired, or in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Top with about 5 shrimp and garnish with whole basil leaves.
Note: The vegetable sauce can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Posted in Recipes, Sauces, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: basil, Bobby Flay, dinner, eggplant, fennel, healthy, Italian, roasted, sauce, shrimp