All posts filed under: seafood

Easy Fish Noodle Bowl

Noodle bowls are an obsession for the millennial generation. They are healthy, easy and relatively quick to make. Vietnam has many versions of this dish topped with grilled meats, egg rolls, etc. This is our take on the noodle bowl with simple pan fried fish filet that has been quickly marinated with a few herbs and spices. The secret to this dish is the slightly salty, sweet, tangy fish sauce. Make this for your next meal and you will not be disappointed. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 2 / Time: 30 – 45 minutes Ingredients: 3 filet of firm white fish like tilapia or catfish 1/2 teaspoon + 3 tablespoons of fish sauce 3 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 1 teaspoon of minced ginger 1 tablespoon of diced onion 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic 1 whole clove of garlic 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lime juice 1 cup of Coco Rico coconut soda 1 diced …

Sautéed Cabbage with Shrimps

An easy dish that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare is sweet cabbage sauteed with jumbo shrimps. This dish is served with a side of rice for a satisfying and healthy meal. Difficulty: Easy / Serving: 4 / Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 10 jumbo shrimps 2 lb. of cabbage 6 tablespoons of diced yellow onion 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon of sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon powder 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth 3 stalks of scallions Vegetable oil Directions: Cut the cabbage leaves into 2 inch squares. Dice 1 whole onion. Cut 3 stalks of scallion into 2 inch segments. Remove the shell while keeping the tail  and remove the veins from the shrimps. Butterfly the shrimps without cutting completely through it. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the cabbage leaves until they soften. Season the shrimps with 2 tablespoons of dice onion, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder, 1/4 teaspoon …

Caramelized Shrimps / Tôm Rim

It is possible to make the most mouth watering dish with just a few simple ingredients. Caramelized shrimps is one of those dishes. All you need are jumbo shrimps and coco rico soda for a sticky, salty and sweet delight. The best part is mixing steaming hot white rice with the leftover sauce for a delicious treat. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 4 / Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 15 jumbo shrimps (approximately 1.5 lb.) 4 tablespoons of Coco Rico Soda 1 tablespoon of fish sauce 1/2 teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of diced onion 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon of ground annatto 2 scallions (garnish) Thai red peppers (optional) Vegetable oil Directions Use kitchen scissors to cut off the legs for each shrimp. Cut into the shell along the back of the shrimp to remove the guts. Keep the shell on the shrimp as it helps retain a lot of flavors. Marinate the shrimps …

Salmon Braised in Tomato Sauce / Salmon Sốt Cà Chua

An easy week night meal that my mom usually makes at least a few times a month is salmon braised in tomato sauce or salmon sốt cà chua. Salmon filet is pan fried to form a golden crust and then is braised in a simple tomato garlic sauce for a a few minutes. This dish is served simply with rice. It is a quick, healthy and easy dish to make for dinner. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 2 people / Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 large salmon filet with skin 4 ripe tomatoes 1 tablespoon of fish sauce 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons of diced yellow onion 9 cloves of garlic (5 cloves of smashed garlic and 4 cloves of minced garlic) Sea salt Ground pepper Sugar Canola oil or any oil (not olive oil since it has a low heat point and will burn) Directions: Rub the salmon on both side with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Rinse the salmon with water and wipe dry …

Pan Fried Fish with Turmeric and Dill / Chả Cá Thì Là

Fish with turmeric and dill or chả cá thì là is a famous Vietnamese dish made popular in the northern region of Vietnam. This dish typically has a hardy white fish marinated in turmeric and other seasonings and then pan fried with a lot of dill. My mom and I came up with a version that you can make at home. It has a few exotic ingredients that are generally available at an Asian grocer. This dish is fragrant and is served on a bed of vermicelli rice noodles and top with dill, peanuts and a dab of the aromatic sauce. We published a taco version last month based on this recipe so some of the steps will be the same. The key difference is that this recipe uses shrimp paste or rouc, a pungent shrimp seasoning. In our taco recipe, we substituted the shrimp paste with fish sauce and created a different sauce to pour over the fish at the end. If you do not like the shrimp paste, use the recipe for the marinade and sauce …

Quick Steamed Fish with Ginger Soy Dressing

Another dish that my mom taught me before leaving for college was steamed fish with a ginger soy sauce. The version that I had while I was in college was for salmon steak and utilized only a microwave that was allowed in the dorm. This version is still just as easy but has the benefit of additional tweaks since those college days. This is a healthy and elegant dish that will fool people into thinking that you slave away making it for dinner. This recipe is rated easy and takes 15-20 minutes to make. Serves 2 people per fish. Ingredients 1 pound whole red Tilapia or another meaty white fish. (You can also use fish filet but I find that whole fish tastes better.) ½ a yellow onion ½ cup of julienned ginger 8 stalks of scallions ¼ teaspoon of sesame oil ½ teaspoon of fish sauce ¼ teaspoon of white wine 1 teaspoon of soy sauce ½ tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of mushroom seasoning ½ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper 1 …

Fried Prawns in a Tamarind Sauce / Tôm Rang Me

Fried prawns in a tamarind sauce or tôm rang me is a popular dish especially for those living on the coast. The fresh prawns are fried and then tossed in a sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind to offset the greasiness of the oil. This humble dish is finger licking good. This recipe is rated easy and takes 30-45 minutes to create. Ingredients: 10 giant prawns 1 block of fresh tamarind 1 tablespoon of minced garlic 1 teaspoon of ground annatto 1 teaspoon of sesame oil 1 teaspoon of fish sauce 2 cups and 1 tablespoon of water 5 tablespoons of sugar ½ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper Vegetable oil for frying Garnish with spring onions and Cilantro Directions: Sprinkle ½ a teaspoon of salt on top of the shrimps. Mix to incorporate the salt among the shrimps. This process will help remove excess moisture from the prawns. Break the tamarind block into smaller chunks. Soak the tamarind block with 2 cups of water for approximately 15 minutes or until the …