Seafood

Pan Seared Scallops with Japanese Dressing

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I was lucky enough to be given scallops in the shell to cook with – how spoilt am I?!?

Keeping it simple with scallops is always best, with minimal cooking time and a nice clean dressing, you are doing justice to these delicate sweet morsels. The bonus of having them in the shells, is that it serves as a small bowl to capture all the juices and dressing. The shells can be cleaned for later use. Scallops are a lean source of protein, virtually no fat and are packed full of minerals and vitamins.

I have cooked scallops like this before from frozen and you would never have known.

 


Pan Seared Scallops with Japanese Dressing


Ingredients

12 scallops, removed from shell and shell cleaned before serving

Dressing

2 tsp fresh ginger, grated on a microplane

2 tbsp shoaxing wine

2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp castor sugar

1/2 tsp sesame oil

Spring onion for garnish, finely sliced


Method

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat, stir until sugar dissolves, remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.
  2. Heat a little peanut oil in a  large fry pan over medium heat. An easy way to get all your scallops in the pan at the same time, is to place them on a piece of baking paper and when the fry pan is ready pick up the paper and flip it over, the scallops will fall off. They will only take about 30 secs each side. The frypan needs to be very hot to get the caramelisation on the outside of the scallop.
  3. Serve immediately in the shells with 1/4 tsp of dressing on each, garnished with spring onion.

Notes:

If you would like curly spring onion, finely slice, place in a bowl of water and put in the fridge until ready to use.

The dressing can be made a couple days ahead and will last in the fridge for up to a week. You will have dressing left over. If you put too much dressing on the scallops you will lose the delicate flavour of the scallop.

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Honey Soy Salmon with Soba Noodles

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Quick and speedy dinners is all I have time for these days and this recipe has it all .

It can be ready in under 20 mins.

I swapped the traditional hokkien noodles for more nutritional Soba noodles, as they contain higher protein, minerals and vitamin B. They are as high in carbs as spaghetti, but they will keep you fuller for longer, being made from buckwheat flour and having a higher fibre content. No need to tell you about the health benefits of  salmon, it’s just down right so good for you!

 


Honey Soy Salmon with  Soba Noodles

Serves 4


Ingredients

1/3 cup honey (90g)

80ml light soy sauce

1 long red chilli or birds eye (if you like it hot), seeds removed, finely sliced

4 pieces of salmon, skin on

1 tbsp rice bran oil

2 tsp sesame oil

Bunch of Buk Choy or any preferred asian green, ends trimmed

2 tsp freshly grated ginger

300g  Soba Noodles, cooked in boiling water for 4 mins, rinse


Method

  1. Combine the honey, soy and chilli in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. Season the salmon, both sides with sea salt and ground pepper.Heat a fry pan over med-high heat, add 2 tsp oil and 1 tsp sesame oil, cook the salmon skin down for 3-4 mins, until nice and crispy. Turn over and cook for a further 2-3 mins, depending on how pink you like it. Take off heat and add half of the dressing.
  3. Meanwhile heat a large wok with the remaining oil and sesame oil, add your greens and ginger, stir fry for a couple of minutes, pour in the rest of the dressing, add the noodles and take off heat.
  4. To serve place the noodles and greens on a plate and place the salmon on top, pouring anything left in the pan, over the top.

Notes:

I usually make this recipe for 2 people and keep the remainder sauce in the fridge. It will last about a week and is great tossed through brown rice or quinoa, poached chicken and vegetables.

This recipe was adapted from Delicious Magazine- Valli Little.

 

 

Atlantic Salmon with Wasabi Soy Dressing

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I cannot believe I have only been eating salmon for 2 years, what have I been missing out on!?!I love asian flavours with salmon,  it keeps the flavour fresh and lets the salmon shine. The soba noodle salad can be served warm or cold and you could use  salmon with the skin on. This dish would also work well with brown rice or quinoa.



Wasabi Salmon with Noodles



Ingredients


2 spring onions
4 x pieces of salmon
2 tsp oil
250 g somen or soba noodles, cooked per packet instructions

asian greens, steamed

Dressing
1/2 to 3/4 tsp of wasabi paste
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar or sake
2 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp black  and white sesame seeds


Method

  1. Finely slice your spring onion length ways and place in a bowl of cold iced water and set aside.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine.
  3. Heat the oil in a fry pan and cook salmon to your liking.
  4. To serve, place noodles on a plate, top with salmon, pour over dressing, sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with the curled spring onion.

*Limes can be quite expensive, I try to buy mine in bulk whenever possible and then freeze. Just microwave 30 secs and slice in half till ready to use.

Thai Quinoa Salad with Chilli Lime Prawns

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Quinoa crazy at the moment. This little grain is the superfood of superfood. It is a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids, has twice as much fibre as most other grains, high in iron, rich in magnesium, high content of manganese (which is an antioxidant), high in Riboflavin (B2) and the obvious Paleo, gluten free, low fat and low carb.
Inspired by Asian flavours, I wanted to create a salad with the sweet, sour, salty balance. My best friend did not have faith in me that these flavours would work well with Quinoa, I proved her wrong – HA! This dish can be made a couple of days ahead, would be great for a bbq lunch or just a simple starter. 

Thai Quinoa Salad with Chilli Lime Prawns


Ingredients
3/4 cup quinoa (cooked per packet instructions)
1 med carrot , julienned and diced or grated
1 Lebanese cucumber, seeds removed and finely diced
1 small capsicum, finely diced
1 small asian shallot
Dressing
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 to 3 tablespoon of palm sugar
1 small chilli, finely chopped , de-seed to reduce heat
Chilli Lime Prawns
1 kg fresh prawns, deveined and heads removed, threaded onto a skewer if you like
Juice of 2 limes
6 cloves of garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
2 large chilli sliced, 3 if you like it hot
4 tbsp oil

 Method
  1. Cook quinoa per packet instructions. I always cook mine in chicken stock, adds more flavour.
  2. To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Set aside.
  3. For the salad, place the quinoa and salad ingredients in a large bowl, toss, add the dressing. Place in the fridge. Salad can be made a couple of days ahead.
  4. Combine the prawns and marinade, place in fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. To cook prawns, heat a oiled frypan or bbq and cook until golden. They wont take very long, as they have been tenderising in the lime juice.
  6. To serve, place quinoa salad on a plate, top with the prawns, thai basil, kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped) and a lime wedge.