Category Archives: Seafood

Shrimp Scampi Mac and Cheese

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Shrimp Scampi Mac and Cheese

This was soooo good!  I love shrimp scampi and I love mac and cheese.  This is just a little twist on the two.  You could definitely taste a little spice in it from the red pepper flakes, which I liked.  But if you don’t want any spice, leave out the red pepper flakes.

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I used 2 teaspoons dried.)
  • 1 pound medium pasta shells
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. shredded Italian cheese blend (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat until foamy but not brown.  Stir in the panko, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the panko is golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley; set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions.  Strain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.  Set aside.

Heat the half and half in a large saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer.  Continue simmering until the half and half is reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream cheese and cook, stirring, until melted.  Whisk in the Italian cheese blend until all the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.  Turn off the heat and keep warm.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Stir in the garlic and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Pour in the wine and reduce until the alcohol smell is no longer present and the sauce is a nice golden color, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the shrimp and lemon zest and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.

Add the pasta and shrimp mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to combine.  Stir in some of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce, if needed.  Season to taste with salt, if needed.  Spoon the hot mac and cheese into bowls and sprinkle with the parsley panko.

Makes 4 – 6 servings.

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Garlic Shrimp

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Garlic Shrimp

These shrimp are delicious!  A crusty Parmesan-breadcrumb topping is dusted over these big garlicky shrimp before serving.  Grill or toast some French bread for sopping up the aromatic juices.  Yum!

  • 2 dozen large fresh shrimp
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (I used dried)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I like the lesser amount)
  • 1/4 to 1/2  cup Parmesan cheese (I like the lesser amount)

Peel shrimp and devein.  Arrange in a 11 x 7 inch baking dish; pour oil over shrimp.  Combine parsley and next 3 ingredients; sprinkle over shrimp.  Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.

Turn shrimp over; drizzle with butter, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese.  Bake, uncovered, 5 to 10 more minutes.

Yield:  2 servings.

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Catfish Piccata with Browned Butter

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Catfish Piccata with Browned Butter

Who says you have to fry catfish?  It works beautifully in place of chicken.  Really yummy!

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Thinly sliced lemon
  • 1 tablespoon capers (I didn’t use)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley (I didn’t use)

In a medium enamel-coated cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Cook until butter turns a medium-brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 10 minutes.  Skim foam from butter.  Whisk in wine and lemon juice.  Pour into a small bowl.  Cover and set aside.

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.  Wipe pan, and add oil; heat over medium-high heat. Add fish, and cook until fish can be easily turned with a spatula, about 3 minutes.  Turn fish; cook until fish is opaque and flakes easily, about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Top with lemon slices, capers, and parsley.  Pour butter mixture over fish.

Serves 2.

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Seafood Lasagna

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This is wonderfully rich and delicious!!

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (8-oz.) bottle clam juice
  • 1 pound bay scallops
  • 1 pound uncooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (8-oz.) container lump crabmeat
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained

In a large skillet, saute onion in oil and 2 tablespoons butter until tender.  Stir in broth and clam juice; bring to a boil.  Add the scallops, shrimp, crab and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; return to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and scallops are firm and opaque, stirring gently.  Drain, reserving cooking liquid; set seafood mixture aside.

In  a large saucepan, melt the remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth.  Combine milk and reserved cooking liquid; gradually add to the saucepan.  Add salt and remaining pepper.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Remove from the heat; stir in the cream and 1/4 cup cheese.  Stir 3/4 cup white sauce into the seafood mixture.

Spread 1/2 cup white sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.  Top with three noodles; spread with half of the seafood mixture and 1 1/4 cups sauce.  Repeat layers.  Top with remaining noodles, sauce and cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.  Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

Makes 12 servings.

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Salmon Loaf

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Salmon Loaf

I used red salmon for this but you can use pink if you like.  It makes delicious sandwiches if you have any leftover.  I might make a double recipe next time just for sandwiches later.

  • 1 (14.75 oz.) can salmon
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • Dash of pepper

Drain salmon, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid.  Combine all ingredients including 2 tablespoons liquid.  Place in a well-greased loaf pan or an 8-in baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

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Pasta with Salmon Cream Sauce

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Pasta with Salmon Cream Sauce

Oh my goodness, this was so good!

  • 12 oz. fresh or dried capellini, linguine, spaghetti, or other thin pasta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups (about 12 oz.) flaked cooked salmon or 1 (14.75-oz.) can red salmon, drained and bones and skin removed, and flaked
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, preferably flat-leaf Italian type or 1 tablespoon dried

Cook pasta al dente, according to directions on box.  Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add peas and saute for 1 minute.  Add heavy cream, and reduce heat to low.  Add salmon, Parmesan cheese and salt to taste.  Simmer until cheese melts and salmon heated through, about 2 minutes; do not allow to boil.

Drain pasta and place in a heated bowl.  Pour sauce over the pasta.  Add the parsley and gently toss to mix well.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Hot Tuna Melts

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Hot Tuna Melts

This is like a hot tuna salad sandwich.  So yummy!!  I was making these for 6 people so I tripled the recipe.  They all got gobbled up!

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, drained
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 (5-oz.) can solid white tuna in spring water, drained and flaked
  • 2 English muffins, split and lightly toasted
  • 4 sharp Cheddar cheese slices

Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 1/2 inches from heat.  Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl: add tuna, stirring gently to blend.  Spoon on muffin halves; place on a baking sheet.

Broil 2 minutes.  (I left mine in for about 5 minutes.)  Top each with a cheese slice; broil 1 more minute or until cheese melts.

Makes 4 servings.  (I think it makes 2 servings.)

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