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.
Ingredients:
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.
Ingredients:
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.