Orange Shrimp and Pork Fried Rice

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     Orange Shrimp is one of my favorites.  I had leftover Pork, so I decided that Chinese was in order.  The Shrimp with it’s creamy Orange Sauce was out of this world.  I have a habit of not measuring when I cook, so all Ingredients are guestimated.  Adjust as necessary to your liking.  The Shrimp can be spicy or mild, it’s up to you.  I will say that it was an outstanding dinner.

SHRIMP INGREDIENTS:    Yields 2 Servings

12 OZ Bag Jumbo Shrimp

1 orange

2 cloves garlic, minced

Dash Chinese 5 spice powder, Dash of Ginger Powder

Parsley

Olive Oil

2 tsp Corn Starch

1 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Optional:  1 TBSP Siracha Sauce

Parsley, Pepper

Optional Sesame Seeds

 

Marinade Ingredients: 

2 TBSP Orange Zest

3-4 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Honey

1 TBSP Rice Vinegar

2 TBSP Canola Oil

½ of an onion cut into strips top to bottom

1” piece of ginger root, peeled and cut in chunks

2 cloves garlic, minced

Optional Dash of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

 

SHRIMP PREPARATION: 

Remove tails and rinse shrimp well.  Drain well.  Place into a small bowl.  Pour mixed marinade over shrimp, stir, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

While Rice is in the skillet, drain the Shrimp and discard the liquid, Onion, and Ginger root.  In a second skillet, add the remainder of the juice from the Orange, Corn Starch, Siracha Sauce, Garlic, 5 Spice Powder, and Ginger Powder.  Optionally you can add a few quarters of Orange.  (See photo).  Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.  Remove to the bowl that your rice chilled in.  Set aside.

In the same pan, add a drizzle of Olive Oil.  When pan is hot, add the drained Shrimp.  You can optionally add a dash of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes now.  Cook about 3 minutes over medium heat until Shrimp is pink.  Return the Orange Sauce to the pan.  As soon as it begins to simmer, it’s ready to serve.  You may garnish with Sesame Seeds if you’d like to.

 

FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:  Yields 4 – 5 Servings

1 ½ – 2 cups leftover Pork or Chicken cut into chunks or strips

Veggies I used:  Snow Pea Pods, Onion, Garlic, Asparagus, Mushrooms, 1 Carrot diced

4 Servings of Rice cooked and chilled

2 TBSP Hoisin Sauce

3-4 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1-2 cloves Garlic, minced

Pepper, Parsley

1 TBSP Butter

1 or 2 Eggs

 

PORK FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:

Preheat a large skillet and drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom.  Add the cold rice and give it a stir.  Let it cook for about 5 minutes. (Reserve the bowl the rice was in.)

Add the Soy Sauce and Hoisin Sauce, stirring well.  Let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the Veggies that take the longest to cook first (Carrots) and let them cook for 5 minutes.  Add the remainder of Veggies.

When Veggies are tender, add the diced Pork.  Stir.  Make a well in the center.  Add a pat of Butter.  When melted, add the Egg and let sit until mostly cooked.  Break up and stir throughout rice.  Taste and adjust anything you care to.

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Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Alfredo

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    One pan Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Alfredo

     Alfredo is one of those things that I love, especially if it’s loaded with seafood.  You can use any leftover seafood, chicken, mushrooms, asparagus, or other vegetables, ham, etc.    I probably make it different every time I make it because I don’t use a recipe.  I wrote this one down for you though!  This particular recipe uses Half and half instead of Heavy Cream. – And, NO flour as a thickener.  Cream cheese works great, as well as adding an additional layer of flavor.

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 4-5 SERVINGS

2 oz cream cheese

3 TBSP Butter

3-4 cloves Garlic

¾ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese + extra for garnish

1/8 – ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

½ tsp Salt

A couple dashes each of Celery Salt and Paprika

1 TBSP fresh Parsley

2 ¼ cups half and half

Juice of half a lemon

12 oz Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined

12 oz Lobster meat, cooked

8-10 oz crab meat

Optional Garnish:  Mozzarella cheese

PREPARATION:

In a large skillet over low heat, melt cream cheese and butter, stirring with whisk.  Add Garlic and cook for a minute or two.  Slowly pour in half and half and lemon juice.  Slowly add Parmesan cheese, continue stirring with whisk.  Add raw shrimp and cook until pink (about 3 minutes).  Add Lobster meat and Crab meat until heated through.

Serve over your choice of Pasta.  Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese (and Optional Mozzarella) once plated.

NOTE:  I cut the shrimp into thirds because I want a piece of seafood in every bite.

Save the lobster shells for bisque!  I toss them in a baggie and then freeze.

All crab meat is precooked, so just heat it through; no need to cook it.

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Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Alfredo

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CRISPY HONEY ORANGE SHRIMP

Crispy Honey Orange Shrimp

     We were invited to our neighbor’s home for drinks and appetizers.  I asked what I could bring and was told to bring myself and my husband.  How rude!  Lol  Let me just say that there were two reasons that wasn’t gonna happen.  It goes against my grain to show up anywhere empty handed, plus, I never do what I’m told.  I wracked my brain trying to think of what to bring.  I’m not big on making appetizers for some reason, so I had to make something up in a hurry.  This was the end result.  I made them spicy, but there is no need to add Chipotle if you want mild shrimp.    We were running late, and I didn’t get a chance to pop one in my mouth before we left.  I got lucky.  They were a big hit and I think the recipe is a keeper.

     Here’s how I did it:

INGREDIENTS:

Two 12 oz bags extra-large peeled shrimp (raw)

Salt for brining

1 Orange (You’ll use the juice and the zest)

Marinade:

3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce

1 TBSP fresh ginger root, minced

1 TBSP fresh garlic, minced

Juice and zest of half the orange

Shrimp Coating:  Note that there are three choices

1 cup corn starch -OR – 1 cup AP flour – OR 1 cup Panko bread crumbs (or mix it up)

Salt and pepper

OPTIONAL:  ¼ – ½ tsp Chipotle powder

Frying:

1/3 – ½ cup canola oil

Sauce:

1 cup local honey

Juice and zest from ½ orange

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

½ tsp Chipotle powder

 

PREPARATION:

Rinse shrimp well.  Soak for 30 min in salted water. (The salt will make the shrimp juicier and tastier.  Just like when you brine chicken).

Drain shrimp, rinse bowl and return shrimp to empty bowl.  Add juice of ½ an orange, 1 TBSP orange zest, soy sauce, ginger root, and garlic.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Drain well.

In medium bowl, add corn starch, (or flour or Panko bread crumbs), salt, black pepper, and ½ tsp Chipotle chili powder.  Give it a quick mix with a whisk or a fork.  Add a handful of drained shrimp, cover bowl and shake until shrimp is coated.  Using a Japanese skimmer or a small strainer, and shake excess flour mixture from the shrimp and place in a dish or large platter.  Continue until all shrimp is coated.

Heat a heavy skillet and add enough canola oil to cover bottom well.  When oil is hot, add shrimp about a handful at a time (never crowd the pan).  Cook until brown and crispy (2 ½ – 3 min per side).   Drain on paper toweling. Drain skillet and wipe with a paper towel.

In same skillet, add honey, juice from the other half of orange, orange zest, lemon juice, and chipotle powder.  Bring to boil and reduce mixture by about half. You want to create a syrupy sauce.

Arrange cooked shrimp on a serving platter and pour sauce over the top.  You can garnish with parsley, sesame seeds, and/or a handful of green onions with stems.

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SEAFOOD ALFREDO WITH Lobster, Crab & Shrimp

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   I love seafood, specifically shellfish.  It is my absolute favorite thing to eat in the whole world.  I might even love seafood more than I love my sweets.  Consequently, I cook it a lot.  Sometimes I even get treated to a dinner out.  If I have leftovers, I might create something at home and share.  Then again, I usually scarf them down without sharing.  OK, part of the seafood in the following recipe was dinner out and the rest was in the freezer.  Either way, I shared!  That was good, right?

INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 6 servings
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 large King Crab Legs, meat removed from shells
4 TBSP butter
2 TBSP olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped (1 ½ TBSP)
1/3 cup Chardonnay or dry Sherry
1 cup chicken broth
3 TBSP flour
3 ½ cups half and half
½ tsp white pepper
1 tsp Parsley
¾ cup Italian blend grated cheese
½ cup fresh grated Parmesan
½ cup fresh grated Romano
Extra cheese for garnish
Pasta: Linguine, Fettuccini, Angel hair, Penne

PREPARATION:

Preheat a large pan of salted water and cook your pasta while preparing the seafood.
Place 1 TBSP butter in bottom of a large skillet which has been preheated on low/medium heat. Add cut up lobster and shrimp (or cook them separately). Sautee until lobster is opaque and shrimp is pink. It won’t take any more than 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove cooked seafood. Place in a small bowl. Set aside.

Place olive oil and remaining butter in the bottom of the same skillet. Sauté garlic on low heat for 1 minute. Add Chardonnay, chicken broth, and flour, stirring continuously until flour is well incorporated and sauce begins to thicken a bit. You want the mixture to be at a slow simmer.

Add white pepper, Parsley, and slowly add the half and half. When mixture comes to a very slow simmer begin adding the grated cheeses a little at a time, stirring until cheese is melted. (Do not let it come to a full boil or the cheese may curdle.) Let it continue cooking for a few minutes.

Add crab meat, lobster, and shrimp. Stir well and wait until mixture returns to a simmer. (No need to cook the crab, it is always pre-cooked. You only need to warm it). Plate and sprinkle with a little extra grated cheese for garnish.

NOTE: Top secret tip. We’ve all done this, so beware. Adding the cheese to a very hot mixture will most likely cause it to curdle. Slowly adding the cheese while whisking will prevent this.

Everything can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. All you need to do is warm it and plate. Never reheat seafood in the microwave. Use a saucepan or skillet.

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SHRIMP COCKTAIL

Shrimp Cocktail

  There’s almost nothing easier than making a shrimp cocktail, and what a perfect appetizer to serve while the main meal is being cooked. Shrimp needs only 3 minutes in boiling water, and the homemade cocktail sauce is a breeze.

COCKTAIL SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1 cup ketchup
horseradish to taste (start with 1 tsp and taste it)
fresh lemon juice (I like a lot, but again, taste it)

Mix it up and put it in a serving dish. That’s it!

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BAKED SHRIMP SCAMPI

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     Shrimp scampi is easy, trust me.  And the best part is that it is restaurant quality delicious.  In fact, this recipe is better than many restaurants.  It’s a wonderful dinner for special occasions, too.  It tastes so labor intensive, but it isn’t.  Instead of stovetop, this recipe is baked.  Easier yet!

INGREDIENTS:

12 – 16 OZ raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

4 TBSP butter

4 small or 2 large cloves garlic, minced

½ cup chardonnay wine

Parsley and Paprika

Salt and Pepper

Serve with lemon wedges

PREPARATION:

In the microwave, melt butter.  Add garlic, wine, seasonings.  Pour over the shrimp.  Squirt with half a lemon.  Stick it in the oven at 400 ° F for about 15 -20 minutes, stirring once or twice.  The shrimp is done when pink.

Yes, it’s that simple, really!  Serve with lemon wedges.

 

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SHRIMP NACHOS

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CHEW WANNA EAT? Delicious shrimp nachos?  Ohhhhhhhh, I’ll bet you do!  They are out of this worth addictive.  And nothing is more simple to make.  Ideal for hot summer evenings, get-togethers with friends or family, and they’re even fast enough to make for a snack.

INGREDIENTS:    2 – 3 Servings

12 – 16 oz raw Shrimp, peeled and deveined

 

1 TBSP garlic, minced

½ tsp chipotle chili powder

1 TBSP fresh lime juice

¼ tsp cumin

½ can black beans, drained

1 cup corn

 

PREPARATION:

Drizzle a little olive oil in hot 10” skillet.  Over low/medium heat, sauté Shrimp, onion, garlic.  Sprinkle chipotle chili powder, lime juice, and cumin while stirring. When shrimp is pink, add beans and corn.  Stir and heat through.

THAT’S IT!  REALLY!

Serve over chips of your choice.

Offer grated cheese (I serve Monterey Jack and Colby), diced tomato, sliced black olives, sliced scallions, shredded lettuce, sliced jalapenos, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.

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SCALLOPS SCAMPI

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We all love shrimp scampi, but have you ever had scallops in that delicious scampi sauce?  I think this is one of Bob’s very favorite things.  He doesn’t like them seared too much, so these are paler than a typical pan seared scallop.  I’m not a huge fan of scallops, so I made Shrimp Scampi for myself.  There is one extra step involved because most of the scallops we buy are water infused.  It’s best to buy “dry scallops” also called “dry pack scallops”, but they are a bit pricier.  

     Many scallops are soaked in a solution called sodium tripolyphosphate (STP) to keep them fresher.  This allows the scallops to soak up a lot of water.  If not treated properly, you’ll end up steaming, rather than pan searing them.   An added benefit to purchasing the dry scallops is that you aren’t paying for water. 

     If you press your scallops between sheets of paper toweling much of the water will be extracted.  Some chefs will lightly sprinkle granulated sugar on them after pulling out the water, which enables them to form a nice caramelized crust when pan frying.  Another popular technique is to lay sheets of paper toweling on a paper plate.  Salt the scallops and let them sit there for about fifteen minutes.  Just like salting eggplant, it draws the water out. 

     Know that you must start out with a very hot pan.  Almost smokin’ hot.  Add a smidge of olive oil and a dab of butter and sauté.  Or, try a popular restaurant approach which is to cook one side in oil, flip them, and then add butter.  When the butter begins to foam use a spoon to baste the scallops.  Adding the butter after flipping the scallops will aid in not burning the butter.  Okay, after you have removed as much water as possible, here is the scampi sauce recipe: 

     If you’re making both shrimp and scallops, I think it would be best to make the sauce in a separate pan because you need to cook it down for a few minutes and you don’t want your seafood to overcook.  Then divide it and pour it over your nearly cooked seafood about a minute or two before serving.

INGREDIENTS:

12 – 16 OZ raw shrimp, peeled and deveined or 1 lb scallops

Drizzle of olive oil

4 TBSP butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 – ½ cup chardonnay wine

Parsley

A few dashes of pepper

A few dashes of paprika

lemon wedges

PREPARATION:

In a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle olive oil and melt butter.

When it’s come up to a nice strong simmer, add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add the seasonings and wine. Bring back to a simmer and cook down for a few minutes.

Add shrimp and flip them continually so they absorb the flavors of the butter and garlic.  When they are pink (3-4 minutes), squeeze some lemon over the tops and it’s time to eat!

Yes, it’s that simple, really!  Serve with lemon wedges.

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TERIYAKI SHRIMP

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I have had this marinade recipe for over 45 years.  It has NEVER let me down.  It works great on just about anything, but my very favorite way to use is marinating shrimp and then skewering them.  They cook on the grill in no time at all.  Please do try this marinade on beef, chicken, fish or pork.

 

INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup canola oil

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

¼ cup local raw honey

2 TBSP cider vinegar

3 TBSP onion, chopped

2-4 cloves garlic, minced

About an inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped (You can use 1 ½ tsp of ginger powder, but fresh root is best).

½ tsp Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

PREPARATION:

Mix all ingredients in the bowl you will marinate your food in.  Add the food, turn it over, cover and chill.  Shrimp will marinate in a matter of hours.  If you’re doing a roast, it will need at least two days to adequately marinate.

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SEAFOOD STUFFED SHELLS WITH ALFREDO

Seafood Stuffed Shells with Alfredo (5)

     An outstanding seafood and pasta dish that you can prepare ahead of time.  YIELDS 4 – 5 servings

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz bag of shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 can crabmeat, drained

20 Jumbo shells

2 TBSP butter

Drizzle of olive oil

2 sweet mini peppers, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped (1 TBSP)

1/3 cup Chardonnay

3 ½ cups half and half

½ tsp white pepper

1 ½ cups Italian blend grated cheese

½ cup fresh grated Parmesan

½ cup fresh grated Romano

Extra cheese for sprinkling during baking

 

PREPARATION:

Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the bottom of a 3 quart saucepan.  Add butter.  Melt.  Sauté garlic and mini peppers until soft.  Slowly add half and half and wine.  Bring to a very slow simmer.  Cook for 15 – 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool for 15-20 minutes.  Slowly add grated cheeses, stirring continuously.

Return to heat and let cook at a slow simmer for about 15 minutes, or until slightly thickened.  Stir frequently.  It will thicken more later, so no worries.

In a 4 quart pan, bring salted water to a boil and add the shells.  Stir.  When water returns to a boil, cook for 10 minutes.  Drain.  In the same pan, again fill about half way with salted water.  When it comes to a boil, cook the shrimp for 3 minutes.  Drain them and place in a small bowl.

Cut some of the cooked shrimp in half.  Each shell will hold 1 ½ shrimp.  Mix the crabmeat with the shrimp and add a bit of parsley for more color. Fill each shell and place in a baking dish open side up.  Pour Alfredo sauce over the top, cover with foil and bake at 350° F until sauce is bubbly.  The time will vary, depending on whether you’ve chilled the sauce and shrimp before baking.  If so, allow approximately 25 minutes.

Remove foil, sprinkle additional grated cheese on top and return to oven for approximately 10 minutes.

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