Grilled Mahi with Tropical Salsa and Coconut Rice

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This is really three recipes in one. And each is awesome on its own. We snacked on the tropical salsa with blue corn tortillas chips. The coconut rice could accompany grilled chicken. It’s just delicious. And the grilled mahi, marinated in olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro is fresh and flavorful. It’s all so good. Don’t let your lack of a grill stop you, the fish could be roasted, broiled, or pan-fried as well. Here’s to summer and hopefully many more meals like this!

Grilled Mahi with Tropical Salsa and Coconut Rice

INGREDIENTS

Mahi:
1/2 cup sliced yellow onions
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. orange juice
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro
5 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
pinch cayenne
4 (~6 oz.) mahi mahi fillets
toasted coconut flakes, garnish
chopped cilantro, garnish

Coconut Rice:
1 cup coconut milk (I used a full can of light coconut milk and reduced the water to 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. sugar
1 cup long grain white rice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Tropical Salsa :
1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
1/4 cup minced red onions
1/4 cup minced red bell peppers
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. minced jalapeno (or a pinch of cayenne pepper)
1 tsp. minced garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. In a bowl, combine the onions, oil, orange and lime juices, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Place the fish in a large, non-reactive baking dish. Pour the marinade over the fish, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

2. Preheat a grill (or indoor grill pan), and lightly oil the grill rack with vegetable oil. Remove the fish from the marinade. Place on the oiled grill and cook until marked, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Turn carefully with a spatula and cook until the fish is just cooked through, about 4 minutes, depending upon thickness. Remove from the grill.

3. Spoon the coconut rice into the center of 4 large plates. Arrange 1 fillet onto each serving of rice and top with the Tropical Salsa. Garnish with toasted coconut and cilantro, and serve.

Coconut Rice:
1. In a saucepan, combine the coconut milk, water, salt, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Add the rice, stir well, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer undisturbed until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is fluffy, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit without stirring for 10 minutes.

2. Fluff with a fork and add the cilantro. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Serve hot.

Tropical Salsa :
1. Combine the mango, avocado, pineapple, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno (or cayenne), garlic, and salt and pepper in a bowl and gently fold to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving for the flavors to blend.

Serves 4.

(Adapted from Food Network)

By in Seafood ·

Salmon Rice Bowl with Maple Lime Glaze

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We love a good rice bowl. (One of my favorites is the salmon- with veggies- teriyaki bowl at Whole Foods. Clara and I have shared a dozen of those over the last few years.) So I was excited when I found this recipe. The maple-soy-lime glaze is what really makes it awesome! Steam some rice. Saute spinach and whatever other vegetables you desire. Simmer a quick glaze to brush on the salmon before roasting and drizzle atop before serving. I added some steamed broccoli on the side. Healthy and delicious.

p.s. Serve it with brown rice if you prefer. Or try rice noodles. I bet chicken or shrimp would be equally delicious. (Shrimp you can roast- it’ll cook quick!- but chicken I would grill or cook in a skillet.) Or tofu. Or just go crazy with the veggies.

Salmon Rice Bowl with Maple Lime Glaze

INGREDIENTS

1 cup jasmine rice
2 tsp. unsalted butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. cornstarch
3-4 salmon fillets (12-16 oz. total), skin removed
1 tsp. canola, coconut, etc. oil
2 5- oz. packages baby spinach (and/or a mixture of vegetables to saute- I added green beans, shallot, and bell peppers)
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
chopped green onion or chives, for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 400 F. Cook rice as directed on package (I use 2 cups water and 3/4 tsp. salt for 1 cup white rice).

2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and pepper flakes until garlic is lightly golden, 1 minute. Add syrup, juice and soy sauce; cook until bubbling, 3 minutes. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and 1 tsp. water; stir into garlic glaze. Cook until slightly thick, 1 minute.

3. Arrange fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread 1 tsp. glaze over each fillet. Roast until just cooked through, about 12 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add 1 package spinach; sauté until just wilted. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from pan; set aside. Repeat with second package spinach. (At this point you can sauté any other vegetables you want to include.) Divide rice among bowls; top each with spinach/veggies and salmon. Drizzle with remaining sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion/chives (optional), and serve.

Serves 3-4.

(Adapted from Self)

By in Asian, Seafood ·

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

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I try to keep fish (and shrimp, always shrimp) on hand in the freezer- just as I might chicken or ground turkey/beef. I usually have some salmon or cod. Maybe founder, mahi, or tilapia. Fish is one of my favorite weeknight dinners- it’s easy to thaw last-minute (under running water or in a bowl of room temperature water) and super fast to cook. Even marinating fish takes practically no time at all (if necessary). Plus, fish is so good for you (as long as you’re careful about the quality of the fish you purchase). And I love it.

Since I’m feeding a toddler (but not for much longer!), I felt compelled to master a fish stick recipe. I’ve never purchased frozen fish sticks, so I can’t really compare, but I suspect these are much fresher/healthier/tastier. And NOT fried, but baked and still crispy! Firm white fish will work best- cod is an economical choice. The method is simple: dredge in flour (spiked with garlic, onion powder, and smoked paprika), dip in egg, and coat in panko breadcrumbs seasoned with Italian herbs. Mist with a little cooking spray and bake on a metal rack (to prevent soggy-bottoms) until golden and flaky.

Serve with whatever you love most for dipping- ketchup, honey-mustard, tarter sauce, a fancy aioli. Leftover fish sticks piled on Ciabatta with lettuce, avocado, and spicy mayo make for an amazing lunch the next day!

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. cod fillets, cut into strips
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp. Italian seasoning (you can make your own with a mixture of dried basil + oregano + thyme, etc.)
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry or all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder (optional)
1 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-2 eggs + 1-2 Tbsp. water
ketchup, tarter sauce, honey-mustard, or smoky aioli, etc., for dipping

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2. Salt and pepper the fish sticks. Place the flour on a rimmed plate and season with the garlic, onion powder (optional), and smoked paprika (optional), mixing with a fork, and set aside.

3. Place the breadcrumbs and herbs in a shallow baking dish or rimmed plate, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

4. Whisk the egg and 1 tablespoon water in a medium bowl. Dredge a piece of fish in the flour, gently shake off excess, and then dip the fish in the egg mixture, then the breadcrumbs, gently pressing into the crumbs. Repeat with the remaining pieces of fish. (If you run out of egg wash, whisk another egg with 1 tablespoon of water.)

5. Place a metal cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, and mist with olive oil. Place the fish sticks on the rack and bake until the fish is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately with sauce of choice for dipping.

Serves 4.

(Adapted from Food Network)

By in Seafood ·

Orange Spice Rubbed Salmon

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I love a recipe as concise as this. Notice the directions have two steps! And one of them is “preheat broiler”. Then mix spices, rub, and cook. I can do that anytime, any night. OK, measuring out the spices and zesting the orange might take a whole minute. But this is about as simple as it gets. And still so flavorful and impressive. The orange flavor is subtle against the smoky-sweet chili rub. To sum it up succinctly: some delicious salmon.

Orange Spice Rubbed Salmon

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. sweet or smoked paprika (I used sweet this time, but I bet smoked would be awesome)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 (1 – 1 1/2 lbs. total) salmon fillets, skin removed

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub spice mixture over both sides of salmon fillets. Place salmon on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray (I line mine with foil first for easy clean-up). Broil for 8 minutes or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Serves 4.

(Adapted from Cooking Light)

By in Seafood ·

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

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Teriyaki is one of those foods that gagged me as a kid. For whatever reason, I couldn’t handle the smell of whatever brand sauce my mom loved using to make her stir fry and so I assumed forever hatred of all things teriyaki. Well… my taste has matured in the last decade and let’s say I take it back. I love a good bowl of rice topped with teriyaki chicken, salmon, or veggies (one of my favorite dinners from Whole Foods). And pineapple teriyaki sauce with grilled pineapple and avocado on top of a burger- yes, please!

This recipe makes quite a bit of that yummy teriyaki sauce so I froze the remainder and a month later made the burgers again- sauce all ready to go! I’m sure ground chicken or turkey (thigh meat for a juicy/rich burger) would be excellent substitutions.

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

INGREDIENTS

burgers:
1 lb. lean ground beef (or ground turkey or chicken)
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 1/2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sriracha sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
4 slices fresh pineapple
8 whole wheat hamburger buns
8 lettuce leaves (Bibb if my favorite)
sliced avocado

pineapple teriyaki sauce:*
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 small clove garlic, minced

DIRECTIONS

1. To make the sauce: Combine the cornstarch in cold water and dissolve. Set aside to thicken. In a small saucepan, mix soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer until sauce reduces, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add cornstarch and water mixture, simmer until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
*Makes enough sauce for approx. 8 burgers. Leftover sauce can be frozen for later use.

2. To make the burgers: Combine the ground beef with grated carrots, scallions, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Mix throughout but don’t overwork the mixture so the patties don’t get tough. Form 4 equal sized patties.

3. Preheat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat. Place the patties on the hot grill and cook until they reach desired doneness, grilling the pineapple next to the patties during the last 5 minutes or so. Optionally, you could brush a little teriyaki sauce on the pineapple slices as they grill.

4. To serve, place a piece of lettuce on the bottom of each burger bun. Top with the cooked burger, teriyaki sauce, avocado, and grilled pineapple.

Makes 4 burgers.

(Adapted from Skinnytaste)

By in Beef, Seafood ·