Quick and Easy Seafood Recipes

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Seafood is rich in proteins and fatty acids which are very good for heart. Seafood is also high in natural oils, minerals and vitamins. These foods don’t contain many calories and are also low in bad cholesterol. So, this food has various benefits and this makes it necessary to find the quick and easy seafood recipes.

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Quick and Easy Seafood Recipes

  1. 1. Quick and Easy Seafood RecipesWith the relatively shorter cooking times of most fish and shellfish compared to meatand poultry, recipes featuring these delectable ingredients can be a convenient way towhip up an impressive feast in a relatively short amount of time. The speedy cookingtime can however deceive the novice cook who doesn’t realize that small shrimps andcalamari can just take seconds to cook and going over by a a mere matter of minuteswill make the ends product tough and rubbery.The keys to good food preparation especially with seafood is freshness of ingredientsand mis en place or putting “everything in place”. Especially with foods that cookquickly, it is wise to have all the components of your dish ready on hand so that theaddition of ingredients need not be delayed because the cook forgets to peel, slice,chop, mince or thaw anything.Fresh shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and other smaller sized marine animals shouldbe purchased as fresh as possible and stored properly in the refrigerator when thesewill not be used immediately. Keep them in the freezer when they won’t be used in amatter of hours. Note that the longer you keep them in the freezer, the more you loseflavor, texture and nutrients. Using frozen pre-peeled seafood also cuts preparationtime because it eliminates the most tedious steps. Simply thaw and you’re good to go.Stir fry shrimp, squid rings or fish fillets with vegetables and you get a great seafoodsauté.Other straightforward simple recipes you can try at home include crab cakes which aremade with store bought fresh or frozen crab meat, a binder of eggs and/or cream andflavoring components of vegetables, herbs and spices. Mash these up together, coatwith breadcrumbs and deep fry. A prawn cocktail also takes minutes to put together.Boil or steam some large prawns, shell devein and assemble creatively in a martiniglass with a minced vegetable salsa. Even simpler would be to curl the delicatecooked prawn on a slice of avocado or other fresh fruit.Lastly, some dishes that looks very easy to prepare and take a half second to eat, likesushi and sashimi can be deceivingly difficult to prepare. In making these tasty bite-sized raw seafood morsels, fine dining Japanese restaurants use very sharp expensiveknives, special ingredients like short grain rice moistened with rice vinegar and rolledwith nori sheets on bamboo mats. Better leave that for the professional for themeantime or be ready for quite a bit of trial and error.
  2. 2. Prawn Tails with BeerChef Luc Huysentruyt prepares prawn or shrimp tails with beer. For this recipe you willneed prawns, olive oil, tomatoes, chives, butter, beer, salt and pepper. This recipetakes 30 minutes to cook. For best results, use raw king prawns or tiger prawn tails -these are usually sold headless and are grey in colour.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 30 minutesCooking Time: 30 minutesRecommended Wine: Chardonnay blancIngredients:24 prawns, 1 apple, 3 spoons olive oil, 3 teaspoons diced tomato, 1 spoon mincedchives, 8 ½ tablespoons butter, 1/2 bottle beer (Blanche de Bruges), salt, pepperPreparation Instructions:Peel the raw prawns. Cut an apple into thin slices. Sprinkle with sugar. Brown underthe salamander grill. Brown prawns in very hot olive oil for a few seconds. Remove theprawns and place them on a dish with the glazed apple to one side. Remove the oilfrom the pan. Pour beer inside the pan. Add shallots, tomatoes, chive, and towardsthe end of the cooking, fresh butter, salt, and pepper. Cover the prawns with saucebefore serving.
  3. 3. Sautéed ShrimpJump the shrimps in a very hot frying pan with a drop of oil, seize them, when theychange color, to mid-cooking practically, thaw with quite a small little white wine. Addthe chopped very finely parsley, of the chopped shallots, the bayleaf and, over, exactlybefore serving, the chopped onion and the peppercorns.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 15 minutesCooking Time: 15 minutesRecommended Wine: Pouilly FuisséIngredients:7 oz. gray shrimp, wine white, minced parsley, chopped shallots, 1 onion, chopped,peppercorns, 1 bay leafPreparation Instructions:Place a few drops of oil in a frying pan and sauté the shrimp. When they begin to turnbrown, add a small amount of white wine. Add parsley, shallots, and bay leaf. Justbefore serving, top with onion and peppercorns.
  4. 4. Scampis carpaccio with caviarOne of the most exotic starters is the marinated sturgeon carpaccio as with manyother gourmet foods served at formal functions, there are etiquette rules attachedwith caviar. Caviar should never be served with metal utensils- the sensitiveberries(proper name for caviar roe) can develop a very off-putting metallic taste.Caviar spoons made from bone, mother of pearl or tortoise shells are sold in specialtyshops for just such occasions. Caviar served on a small cracker or canape should beeaten in one bite, but caviar served as an appetizer should be mixed with chopped eggwhites and yolks and placed on toast points before eating.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 20 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutesRecommended Wine: Châblis,Graves blancsIngredients:3 scampi (per person), 1 oz. caviar, juice of one lemon, salt, pepper, chopped greenonion shoots, parsley mixed with olive oil, mesclun (a salad mixture of chervil, arugula,leafy lettuces, and endive in equal proportions)Preparation Instructions:Gut the scampi and slice. Season with lemon juice, pepper, and salt. Spread withcaviar. Sprinkle with slices of green onion. Season with olive oil and parsley mixture.LINK LISTS:http://www.gourmetrecipe.com/recipes/ingredients/seafood-recipes/quick-and-easy-seafood-recipeshttp://www.gourmetrecipe.com/recipes/prawn-tales-with-beerhttp://www.gourmetrecipe.com/recipes/sauteed-shrimps-saute-shrimpshttp://www.gourmetrecipe.com/recipes/scampis-carpaccio-with-caviar

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