Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thai scallop (or shrimp) red curry with mango

This is a delicious dish and I absolutely love Mangoes so that drew me in. The Mango should be firm but on its way to becoming ripe. Not too sweet and not too sour.
Red curry paste (1/2 to 1 tsp based on how much hotness or spice you can tolerate)
Coconut milk (small can of 1/2 of big can)
1/4 cup Stock or Broth (chicken is fine)
Mango 1 peeled and chopped
Large Shrimp 15 or Scallops 8-9
Fish sauce 1 tblspoon
Sugar 1 tblsp

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet and stir fry the dry red curry paste for 2 minutes until you smell it. Add the coconut milk + stock + fish sauce + sugar. Bring to boil. Add shrimps or scallops + mango and cook for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with sweet basil or cilantro. Optional garnish top with thai red chilli finely chopped without seed. Serve with steamed rice.

Health tidbit: Scallops are a great source of protein, vitamin b12, omega 3 fatty acid, magnesium and potassium.

Black sesame shrimp stir fry

This is a standard stir fry that I make a lot. Super easy, healthy and tasty.
2-3 pods garlic finely chopped
Black sesame seeds (1 tsp)
Chicken, vegetable or seafood broth (swansons) 2 tablespoons
Soy sauce 1 tblsp
Oyster sauce 1 tblsp
Vegetables: Carrot (1 finely chopped), 1 red bell pepper and handfull of Snow peas
Shrimp (1 bag of large frozen peeled works very well)

In a wok or non-stick skillet, add some canola oil and heat. Add sesame seeds. After a minute add garlic. Stir fry till you smell the garlic. Add shrimp. After a minute add the vegetables and stir fry on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock and the 2 sauces. Toss around for about 3 minutes until shriimp are pink. Best served immediately.
Healty tidbit: Shrimp are a good source of protein and this dish is very low in fat. The Black sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, protein, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. They are a popular ingredient in Thai recipes beacuse of their healthy properties.