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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

A simple and delicious way of eating without cranking up the oven.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Sriracha
  • ½ cup carrots, julienned (matchstick size)
  • ½ cup sugar snap peas sliced diagonally
  • ¼ cup radish sliced thin in half circles
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup English cucumbers sliced thin in half circles
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (like avocado)
  • 10 peeled, deveined tail-on shrimp (I used 16/20’s in this recipe)
  • Kosher salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • Thinly sliced green onions and chopped cilantro for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions - do not overcook, drain, rinse well with cold water, drain again and transfer to a bowl
  2. While noodles are cooking, in a small bowl combine vinegar, soy, sesame oil, sugar and sriracha - stir well and set aside
  3. To the noodles add carrots, peas, radishes, celery and cucumber - mix and add a little sauce (adding more sauce as needed)
  4. Heat a pan over medium/high, add oil and justvwhen it’s about to smoke add the shrimp and cook about 1 minute - season with Kosher salt, add splash of ½ tablespoon soy and 1 tablespoon Sriracha; mix well and cook until done, remove shrimp from heat
  5. Place the noodles/vegetables on serving plate, top with shrimp and garnish with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds
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Green Onion & Ginger Sauce

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Green Onion & Ginger Sauce

A classic Chinese oil based sauce - or more accurately a classic ‘Hainanese’ sauce - and it’s a simple and delicious add to almost any protein.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 cup any neutral oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put ginger, garlic, onions and salt In a heat resistant bowl combine
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan until hot but not boiling, and carefully pour on top of gingher combo (It’ll splatter a lot)
  3. When it stops splattering, stir a couple times and then let it cool
  4. At this point you can store it in a container in your fridge up to a couple weeks
  5. Put on eggs, fish, shrimp, chicken, steak - almost anything
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Udon with Shrimp

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Udon with Shrimp

Yes, I make a lot of Asian food. And so should you cuzit’sway better for you than fast food and certainly much faster.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ pound peeled, deveined shrimp (31-40 size)
  • 2 small bunches baby bok choy
  • 1 package udon noodles – frozen noodles work too
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable/canola oil
  • Sesame seeds to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine oyster sauce, soy and sesame oil in a small bowl – mix well
  2. Add half the sauce to the shrimp and let marinate
  3. Prepare bok choy-cut the ends to separate individual leaves
  4. Cooking noodles according to package directions – adding bokchoy after about a minute
  5. Heat a pan or wok over medium/high, add oil and marinated shrimp, cook until done - about 3 minutes
  6. Drain noodles & bokchoy, put back in pot and mix with remaining sauce
  7. Place the noodles/bok choy in a bowl and top with shrimp, garnish with sesame seeds
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Lemon Butter Sauce

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Lemon Butter Sauce

Makes about 1/3 cup
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 7 minutes

Really... do you need to hear anything more than just lemon & butter? 
I think not – though if you did, shallots & parsley are the rest of it. 

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped
  • ¼ stick cold Finlandia butter*, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Warm a small pan over medium-high heat and add lemon juice and shallot
  2. Cook until reduced by approximately ½, then add butter 
  3. Slowly swirl butter into the mixture until thickened, season with salt and add parsley
  4. Stir to mix and serve

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Salt and Pepper Shrimp

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Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Makes 6 appetizer servings

Put this in front of your friends - they won't believe it! You can say "Yeah, I made it - I mean I made that!" No one has to know it took about 5 minutes in the kitchen but you.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, raw shell-on & de-veined – 31/40’s are the prefect size
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger,minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 2 inch lengths

Directions

  1. Mix salt & pepper in small bowl and set aside
  2. Turn on the fan above your stove and heat a wok or pan until really really hot and smoking and then add the oil
  3. Wait until it smokes even more
  4. Don't get freaked out by the smoke
  5. Add garlic, ginger, green onion and the shrimp
  6. Stir often so all is mixed and shrimp are fully cooked – which should not take more than a couple minutes, then add the salt & pepper
  7. Stir fry quickly to coat shrimp in the salt and pepper mixture – serve
  8. Prepare yourself for the compliments to come

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FRESH SPRING ROLLS

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FRESH SPRING ROLLS

Perfect food for when it is 800 degrees outside (San Diego summertime).

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 rice wrappers (approx 8 inch diameter)
  • 1 cup poached shrimp, chilled, shells and tails removed, sliced lengthways
  • 1 cup my Black Bean Salmon  recipe, chilled
  • 1 cup shredded Napa Cabbage
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup matchstick red pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • big handful of lettuce leaves

SAUCE

  • hoisin sauce
  • Chili Garlic sauce (Huy Fong brand, the same people that make Sriracha)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prep everything
  2. Mix Sauce: 3 parts Hoisin to 1 part Chili Garlic sauce, set aside  
  3. Fill large bowl with warm water
  4. One at a time, place 1 rice paper in water for 15 seconds
  5. Place flat on clean kitchen cloth
  6. Layer a strip of each ingredient, on top of each other, then roll it up like a mini buritto  
  7. Repeat until you have used up all the ingredients
  8. Serve with sauce, dip and enjoy! 
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BEST CHINESE STIR FRY SAUCE

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BEST CHINESE STIR FRY SAUCE

This is the 'little black dress' of stir fry sauces – good for chicken, beef, pork, veggies and seafood.

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, vegetable broth or even water

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or Tupperware and mix well

  2. Stir fry about 2 cups any combination of diced vegetables and/or seafood, chicken or beef until protein is just cooked through

  3. When just done, add 1/2 to 2/3 of sauce, mix and let thicken slightly – about a minute and serve

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Butter Poached Shrimp

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Butter Poached Shrimp

I have a lot of friends who LOVE shrimp, but feel like they often overcook them.  And not only is this way is nearly foolproof because of the gentle poaching, but with the butter they come out tender, juicy, buttery (of course) and amazing.

Serves 4 as an appetizer - or one if you're stupid hungry

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sticks, or 14 ounces Finlandia salted butter *
  • 1 pound 16/20 shrimp, peel, deveined with tail-on, room temperature
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • Parsley chopped for garnish

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Slowly melt butter in a medium pot
  2. Add shrimp so they are covered with butter – if not all will fit covered, repeat this step
  3. Cook until shrimp are just done – tender, juicy but not overdone – probably 3-5 minutes total
  4. Serve in a bowl seasoned with salt & pepper and garnished with the chopped parsley
  5. And fine, if you had a little bread you could always dip that too. Just sayin…
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*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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OLD SCHOOL SHRIMP SCAMPI

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OLD SCHOOL SHRIMP SCAMPI

Not sure how you beat this. And considering this is "Super quick dinner week" and it goes from zip to amazing in less than 15 minutes...you gotta make it.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb fresh large raw shrimp (21-30 size)
  • 1/2 pack spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 cup Dry Vermouth  
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons curly parsley, finely chopped, (flatleaf will do)
  • 1/2 lemon, fresh juice
  • lemon wedge for serving
  • drizzle of EVOO
  • Optional: handful grated Parmesan cheese

 

DIRECTIONS

  1.  In large pot boiled salted water add spaghetti, cook al dente
  2. While that cooks... In a large skillet, on medium heat, add butter, oil, garlic, cook 30 seconds
  3. Add vermouth, red pepper flakes, simmer 4 minutes to reduce liquid
  4. Add shrimp, these guys only need 2 minutes, flip cook for 1 more minute
  5. Add lemon juice and half parsley 
  6. Drain pasta, add to skillet coat in sauce
  7. Serve garnished with parsley, drizzle of EVOO and a wedge of lemon. Sprinkle of Parmesan if you feel like it.
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