Posts in seafood
Eggplant with Shrimp and Garlic Sauce (Ca Tim Xao Tom)

Eggplant is an incredibly versatile vegetable. It works well in many dishes from all around the world, and served in a variety of forms (casseroles, stuffed, grilled or stir-fried). Ca Tim Xao Tom is a quick stir fry recipe of eggplant and shrimp in a sweet and savory garlic sauce. Have this as a side dish to steamed rice and you got yourself a simple well-balanced meal.

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Vietnamese Sauteed Prawns in Roe / Tomalley Sauce (Tom Kho Tau Gach Do)

Vietnamese sauteed prawns in roe sauce (Tom Kho Tau Gach Do) is a quick traditional home cooking recipe that is sure to delight. It’s a sweet, savory and a beautifully presented dish that goes wonderfully with steamed rice. The best part of this dish is that everything, from start to finish, takes about 30 minutes. This makes it my family’s go-to recipe after a long day at work and you want something quick on the dinner table.

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Singapore-Style Chili Crab

Chili crab is a Singaporean seafood dish. It is stir-fried crab with ginger, garlic, shallots and chilies in a thick sweet and savory egg and tomato sauce. Despite its name, the dish is not very spicy.

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Spicy Korean Squid and Fried Tofu Stir Fry with Gochujang

Here is a super tasty and spicy stir-fry sauce made up of a Korean chili paste condiment known as gochujang. Gochujang is a Korean fermented red chili paste, mixed with soybeans, glutinous rice powder and salt. It has a spicy and sweet flavor that goes great with stir-fries, soups, marinades and stews.

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Easy Crispy Fried Calamari (Muc Chien Gion)

Who doesn’t love fried calamari? Fried calamari are rings of squid and tentacles deep-fried to a crispy golden perfection. Served alongside lemon wedges, marinara sauce or aioli, this is the perfect recipe to one up grandma at her dinner party.

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Vietnamese Grilled Scallops with Cheese (So Diep Nuong Pho Mai)

Cheese on grilled scallops? Gross, right? However, it was surprisingly delicious! I loved the savory and richness of the cheese on the the scallops. Plus, you have the amazing aroma from the scallion oil (Mo Hanh), light crunch from toasted peanuts and/or fried pork fat (Tep Mo), and the incredible flavor of the holy mother sauce, Vietnamese sweet chili dipping sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham).

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Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp (Tom Rim)

Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp, or Tom Rim, is a quick and easy side dish in a traditional Vietnamese home-cooked meal. It's a very simple dish of sweet and savory shrimp that goes wonderfully with steamed white rice.

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Vietnamese Squid Salad (Goi Muc)

Vietnamese Squid or Calamari Salad (Goi Muc) is a light and refreshing appetizer to go along side any entrée. Like all Vietnamese salads, this squid salad is coated with a sweet, salty, sour and spicy fish sauce dressing and topped with crunchy fried garlic.

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Seafood Boil Sauce: Garlic Butter Lemon Pepper

We opted for a seafood boil this Thanksgiving. It’s quicker to make and everyone enjoys grabbing their favorite seafood. We did King crab legs, clams, large shrimp, sausage and sweet corn. The sauce that brought everything together was a fiery and buttery garlic lemon pepper. Everything came together in under 30 minutes. If you have half an hour to spare, you too can make a feast fit for a King.

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