Scrumptious Seafood Dishes: Wholesome & Healthy

Seafood cooked the right way, without too much additional oil, cream and mayonnaise is extremely healthy. Seafood is a great source of protein and various kinds of minerals. Seafood is essentially good for the heart and is also consumed for overall wellbeing. Seafood can be cooked in various ways but the main point is to make it taste good without compromising on flavor or taste.

Cooking seafood

There are various kinds of seafood items that you can rustle up in the kitchen like lobster, shrimp, squid, crab, different types of fish, mussels, clams, and even scallops. Cooking scallops is a little tricky but if you know the fundamentals of cooking and can follow the recipe to the T, then cooking a dish with scallops in it, won’t be difficult. You can try and prepare Seared Scallops with Ragout, the next time you want to experiment with seafood. Here’s what you’ll need.

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  • Strips of bacon, 2
  • Butternut squash, cubed, about 4-5 cups
  • Scallops, 2 large
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon
  • Minced shallots, 2
  • Salt and pepper, as required
  • Minced garlic, 2 cloves
  • Chives, ½ a bunch
  • White wine, 3 tablespoon

Method

To make the dish, first cube the squash if they haven’t been cut already. Then, take a small pot and immerse the squash in cold water and simmer it on high flame. After five to 15 minutes, check if they’re done, if so then strain them and allow them to cool. After this, cut the bacon in cubes and crisp them in a sauté pan. Once done, keep the bacon aside but preserve the drippings separately. Then, heat the sauté pan again, and dry season the scallops after patting them dry. Add butter to the pan and sear the scallops in it. Cook each side for around a minute and remove on paper towels and keep warm.

In the same sauté pan add the shallots, crispy bacon and garlic and sauté for around a minute. Then add the white wine, squash and chives. This is your ragout. Serve the scallops on a bed of this squash ragout.

You can make many such dishes with seafood. However, if you are looking for a healthy seafood recipe, something that uses less oil and fat, then you can either skip the bacon in this recipe or you can look for other recipes online. Various kinds of healthy seafood recipes are found online.

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Old School Maine Lobster Dinner: As Good as Ever

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Lobster is undoubtedly the most consumed seafood around the world. There are various types of lobster dishes that one could prepare on special occasions or even on the normal days.

The Maine Lobster-Stuffed Chateaubriand with Bearnaise Sauce is one of the old school lobster dishes that might have fallen out of favour but their taste and health benefits remain supreme and missed by many people.

There was a time when this dish was included in almost every Maine lobster menu for special dinner with loved ones, whether at restaurants or in their own home.

The fork-tender, perfect medium-rare chateaubriand is delicious and if you stuff steamed Maine lobster tails and bacon into it, the outcome is even better. Cover it in a sauce made from egg yolks and butter to take the taste to a new level.

Here is the recipe for Maine Lobster-Stuffed Chateaubriand with Bearnaise Sauce

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Ingredients for the Roast

  • Steamed and picked with whole meat Maine lobster, 1 to 1 ¼ pounds
  • Chopped bacon, 3 strips
  • Chopped medium-sized shallot, ½
  • Minced celery, ½ rib
  • Minced garlic, 2 cloves
  • Sliced cremini mushrooms, 2 ounces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced green onion, 1
  • Dry white wine, 3 tablespoons
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves, 1 tablespoon
  • Trimmed and centre-cut beef tenderloin, 1 of about 2 pounds

For Bearnaise Sauce

  • White wine vinegar, 1/3 cup
  • Dry white wine, 1/3 cup
  • Sliced shallot, 1 of medium size
  • Leaves removed and finely chopped fresh tarragon sprigs, 5
  • Black peppercorns, 10, whole
  • Egg yolks, 3, large
  • Unsalted butter, 1 stick
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare Roast

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  • AT first, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon, by stirring, until it turns crisp. The process takes about 5 minutes. Now, transfer to paper towels and use a slotted spoon to drain. After that, you can add shallots and celery and cook, keep stirring until the mixture is soft. Then, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Now you should mix in mushrooms and a pinch of pepper and salt and cook till the time liquid is out from mushrooms. Now, add green onions and keep stirring. Mix in wine, increase the heat and cook until wine is completely evaporated. Now, add parsley and stir. After that, take away from heat and stir in the cooked bacon and allow the mixture to cool.
  • Now, you have to slice about 3/4 of the roast and butterfly the beef roast. Make sure that you do not cut the way through the roast. After that, put the sliced beef on a flat surface and cut side up.
  • Place the bacon-vegetable mixture in a line, crossways the meat. Now, keep the cooked lobster meat on top of mixture and roll the roast up and fasten with the twine.
  • Now, rub olive oil all over roast and season with salt and pepper. Put it in a heavy cast iron skillet or roasting pan and lightly burn all the sides. Put it in the oven and roast to the temperature of your choice. For medium-rare, roast for about 20 minutes.
  • Then, transfer to the cutting board. Cover and allow it to rest for 10 minutes prior to carving. Get rid of kitchen twine and thickly slice the roast. Place on a plate and drizzle Bearnaise sauce over it. Serve straight away with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus.

For Bearnaise Sauce

  • Take a small saucepan and put two inches of water to a simmer. Keep low heat so as water does not start boiling.
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  • Combine vinegar, wine, shallots, tarragon stems and peppercorns in a small skillet and place it over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook till the time all liquid is evaporated, except two tablespoons. Pour carefully in a large bowl to cover the opening of saucepan.
  • Now, add the egg yolks to the vinegar mixture and combine by whisking. Place the mixture over simmering water and cook until the yolks thicken.
  • Then, add the butter pieces, one at a time and make sure that one piece of butter is melted before placing the next. Now, take away the sauce from heat and add chopped tarragon leaves. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm

There are several other traditional dishes that you will like to include in Maine lobster menu, at your next party. To know more about Maine lobster recipes, you can visit GetMaineLobster.com.

How to Prepare Delicious Sausage Borscht and Tabouleh Salad?

Are you planning for seafood dinner this weekend? You must be looking forward to prepare delicious lobster dinner and present it before your guests in best manner. You should know that serving only lobster dish is not enough; you must include some equally appetising side dishes to the lobster dinner menu.

Delicious borscht sausage and tabouleh salad are two different varieties to add to the taste of lobster dinner.

Borscht, basically a vegetable dish, is not very popular in America but the classic dish from Eastern Europe is incredibly delicious and a great way to consume lots of vegetables. Generally, people think of Borscht as a cold, tasteless and chewy soup served cold, but this is not the rule. It can also be served hot and if cooked properly, it acquires smooth texture and awesome taste.

Here is the recipe for Borscht Sausage

Ingredients

  • Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Thinly sliced red onion, 1, large
  • Loose spicy pork sausage meat, 1 pound
  • Fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Dill seeds. ½ teaspoon
  • Beef stock, 1 quart
  • Drained beets cans, 3 of 15-ounce
  • Ground black pepper and salt
  • Fresh dill, chopped, to serve
  • Sour cream, to serve
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Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until it starts to brown. Mix in the sausage and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Now, add the fennel and dill seeds and continue to cook for 30 seconds more. Add the stock and bring to a simmer.
  • While the stock heats, grate the beets in a food processor attached with large grating equipment. In a pan, add the beets and any liquid in processor, cook for 5 minutes. After that, you can season with salt and pepper. Place into the bowls and top it up with dill and sour cream.

Now, tabouleh salad is another important side dish that can be added to your lobster dinner menu.

Here is the recipe for Tabouleh Salad

Ingredients

  • Burghul or cracked wheat, ¼ to ½ cup
  • Flat leaf parsley, 2 bunches
  • Spring onions, 1 bunch
  • Mint, 1 bunch
  • Large-sized tomatoes, 2
  • Lemon juice, 2 tbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Instructions

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  • Take a bowl or jug, add burghul wheat and pour water up to half an inch and leave for an hour to completely absorb the water. In case the time is less, add hot water.
  • Now, wrap the parsley in a tea-towel after thoroughly washing them. Dry the herbs
  • Finely shred the spring onions and mint. Place them into a bowl
  • Slice the tomato, remove seeds and watery parts, if possible
  • Roughly chop the parsley and place one bunch into the food processor and blitz until leaves are finely chopped. Do the same with next bunch
  • If the burghul is ready, place it in a bowl and give it a good squeeze.
  • Place the parsley into a bowl and use lemon juice olive oil, salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Mix well and immediately serve

You can include several other side dishes to your lobster dinner menu.

Cook Delicious and Nutritious Salmon Dishes in Your Own Kitchen

According to some medical bulletins, eating two or three servings of fish each week is one of the best ways to stay healthy and ward off certain types of diseases and illnesses. Salmon is one of the most nutritious varieties of fish that you can add to your diet. They are rich in iron, niacin, vitamin B12, zinc and vitamin B6, in addition to a host of nutrients you require for maintaining good health.

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So, if you are considering giving salmon a try, go for wild-caught, clean and freshwater salmon only, as they are harvested through sensible fisheries management. However, it is not easy to find wild salmon, as market today is dominated by artificial salmon. You can visit some online stores, as chances of you catching some wild salmon are high on these stores.

Salmon makes a host of delicacies that are cooked in different ways. Here is salmon dish that you could prepare in your home effortlessly. To help you cook delicious salmon dish with greater ease in your home, recipe is also being presented along with the dish.

Pan Seared Salmon with Avocado Remoulade Recipe

Ingredients

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  • Cut and peeled avocados, 2, large
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice, 3 tbsp
  • Light olive oil, 3-4 tbsp
  • Minced shallots or green onion, 1 tbsp
  • Minced parsley, 1 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon, or to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Salmon fillets, 1 – 1 ½ pounds
  • Grape-seed or canola oil

Cooking Instruction

  • Into a food processor or blender, add pieces of avocado and lime juice. Pulse the mixture until properly blended. Now, add olive oil, keep pulsing until the desired consistency of sauce is achieved. After that, you need to add minced shallots and parsley, and combine them well by continuing to pulse. Remove the sauce to a bowl and add mustard, salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Now, take a sauté pan and coat its bottom with oil, put it on medium high heat until it’s almost smoking. Season each side of salmon fillets with salt and pepper and carefully place the salmon into the pan by keeping the skin side down. Continue to cook until the medium doneness is achieved, it will take about 3 to 4 minutes each side.
  • And now, serve the salmon with avocado remoulade sauce.

There are several other salmon dishes that you can try cooking in your home.

How to Cook Live Maine Lobster in Own Home?

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Lobster is one of the most sought after seafood in present times. There was a time when lobsters were not so popular, but with the rise in production and marketing, lobster these days enjoys huge popularity among seafood lovers around the world.

Nowadays, more and more people are turning to seafood because of their health benefits. Live lobster contains lots of nutrients and vitamins that are good for human body. People these days like to consume lobster tails more than whole lobster because they are easy to cook, less expensive and contain a large amount of meat. However, for the best quality lobster dishes, one should always go for Maine lobster, as they are considered to be the superior in quality and taste.

Here are some cooking tips to help you prepare delicious lobster tails to please your taste buds.

If you are planning for a lobster dinner at your home, it is suggested to buy fresh lobster online, as they guarantee you of best-quality lobster. You should at first thaw the lobster by placing them in the refrigerator for about 10 hours before cooking.

Broiling or Baking Maine Lobster Tails

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  • At first, preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • With a sharp and heavy chef’s knife, cut small amount of the meat from the shell, place it on top of lobster’s shell by lifting up. Keep in mind not to cut the entire length of shell. You can leave the tail flap and about an inch above the shell intact.
  • Take apart all of the meat content from shell but do not separate the meat of intact area at the tail.
  • Now, allow the meat to rest on top of shell by closing it under the meat
  • You can season the tail the way you like it, whether by olive oil or butter, or lemon and dill.
  • Cook the lobster tails according to the quantity of meat, 1 ½ minutes for every ounce, at 375 degrees. It means that you need to cook for 12 minutes for 8 ounces, 15 minutes for 10 ounces, 18 minutes for 12 ounces.
  • Prefer warm olive oil or warm butter with lemon for serving. You can also eat plain.

Grilling Maine Lobster Tails

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  • At first, you require to set the grill to medium heat. If you are using charcoal, spread out the coals to create intense heat on one area and one cooler area.
  • Place butter or olive oil on the lobster tail and brush evenly. You may also use your favorite seasonings like minced garlic, pepper, lemon, salt for seasoning.
  • Place the meat side down first and grill for about three to five minutes. Now, you can flip over the tail for another three to five minutes. Make sure to take away the tail from open flames to avoid burning. When the meat turns opaque, consider lobster tails as done.

Lobster tails can also be prepared through other processes, such as boiling and pan searing. However, for cooking through any process, make sure to find fresh lobster only, you can buy them at online stores.

Scrumptious Seafood Dishes that can be rustled up in a Jiffy

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Seafood is a favorite amongst foodies all over the world. Seafood has a fresh yet delicious flavor and brings out the characteristics of the sea. The texture and flavor of various seafood items are unique and loved by most gourmands and connoisseurs of good food. Seafood is not just limited to different sorts of fish. Seafood also includes shrimps, prawns, lobsters, crabs, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams, squids and many more.

Getting it Right

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To bring out the best flavors in seafood items, they need to be cooked just right. The trick to make the perfect seafood dish is to use all the right ingredients. You shouldn’t use overpowering or strong ingredients for they drown out the flavors of the seafood item. You shouldn’t use ingredients that are too mild for they will make your dish bland. You need to balance the ingredients in such a way that the seafood item tastes even better.

Recipes to Try Out

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There are hundreds of delicious seafood recipes you can try making. Some of the yummy dishes that you can try making are, Grilled Halibut with Peach and Pepper Salsa, Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, Southwestern-Style Shrimp Taco Salad, Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans, Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade, Scallop Piccata with Sautéed Spinach, Mussels in Tomato-Wine Broth, Simple Lobster Risotto, Spicy Corn and Crab Chowder, Paella Valencia, Cioppino-Style Seafood Stew, Shrimp-Stuffed Shells, and many more.

Health Benefits

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These dishes are more or less simple to make and require ingredients that enhance the flavor of the fish or other seafood item. Seafood is also extremely healthy as it is low in calories and fat and high in protein. In fact, seafood is also considered to be the healthiest animal protein. Seafood is rich in a fatty acid called Omega 3 and minerals like selenium and magnesium. There are various other nutrients that seafood is rich in. However, if seafood is deep fried, it will no longer remain low in calories and fat. Seafood is healthiest when grilled, steamed, boiled, broiled or baked. However, if they are cooked in moderate amount of oil, it can still be considered as healthy.

Seafood dishes need to be prepared with care. In case you want to cook delicious and yummy recipes, you can look up easy recipes online and cook them to perfection. Seafood is one of the tastiest food items on the face of earth and it needs to be cooked well to taste good.

A Couple of Quick Seafood Dinner Ideas for Your Party

When it comes to celebrations, including a seafood dish in the menu is must. Whether it is a success party, anniversary, birthday party or just the friends’ rendezvous, sea foods add spice to the party menu. Various kinds of sea foods are found and eaten around the world. Some of the most consumed sea foods are lobsters, mussels, shrimps, crabs, oysters, etc.

Having a seafood dinner to prepare? The best thing about seafood dishes is they can be made fast and quick. It takes you only a few minutes to come up with a delicious seafood dinner. Here is a couple of quick seafood dinner ideas that you will like to incorporate while planning for a seafood dinner with your loved ones.

Shrimp Cajun Magic If you want to experience the real taste of shrimp, prepare Cajun Magic as it is being suggested below.

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Ingredients

  • Butter, 1 cup
  • Chopped onion, 1
  • Minced garlic, 2 cloves
  • Red pepper, 1 tsp crushed
  • Black pepper, 1 tsp
  • Thyme, ½ tsp
  • Rosemary, ½ tsp
  • Oregano, ¼ tsp
  • Worcestshire sauce, 1 tsp
  • Chicken broth, ½ cup
  • Beer, ½ cup
  • French bread, for dipping
  • Cooked white rice to serve on
  • Shrimp, 1 lb, large

How to Prepare?

Take a skillet and melt half of butter in it. Now, add onion and next nine ingredients along with shrimp. Cook for almost 1 minute by constantly stirring and mix in the remaining chicken broth and butter. Then, you need to cook the mixture for 2 to 5 minutes before and after stirring in beer. Now, place the skillet on table with rice and bread. Let others serve themselves.

Cheddar Biscuits Another seafood dinner to try is cheddar biscuits, which could be an ultimate addition to your homemade lobster feast. Take a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

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  • Bisquick, buttermilk baking mix, 2 cups
  • Cheddar cheese, 2/3 cup sharply shredded
  • Milk, 2/3 cup
  • Melted butter, 1/4 cup
  • Garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon

How to Prepare?

You need to preheat the oven to 450 degrees and then, mix in cheese, biscuit mix and milk in a bowl. Now, form soft dough and knead it for 10 times. Spoon the dough over a non-greased cookie sheet and bake it for almost 8 to 10 minutes. When it turns golden brown, dress the hot biscuits with melted butter. Sprinkle the garlic powder before serving it to your guests.

There are more quick seafood dinner ideas, which you can get on the website of some online food retailer.