Catch of the Day: Creative Seafood Recipes
Pepper-Lime Shrimp and Grits
Mexican flavors give a fresh twist to this classic Southern dish. Best of all, each serving has only 382 calories!
Crispy Beer Batter Fried Walleye with Mango Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
Fresh-fruit sauce brings a lively taste of the islands to down-home beer-battered fish.
Cider-Brined Coho Salmon with Dijon Cream
Freshwater salmon soaks up the flavor of cider-tarragon marinade created by Sally Sibthorpe of Shelby Township, Michigan. She finishes the elegant main dish with a cream sauce scented with aniselike tarragon.
Seasoned crabmeat and marsala sauce complement Lake Michigan whitefish in this recipe from The Inn at Kristofer's in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.
Smoked Fish Spread
Smoked fish brings a wonderful heartiness to this creamy appetizer. The recipe is from Chicago's "Fish Guy," Bill Dugan. Top chefs and seafood newbies come to Bill's Fish Guy Market for fresh fish and advice. "My calling is to make sure the simple pleasures of life -- quality and taste -- don't get away," Bill says.
Try the Fish Guy's Smoked Fish Spread on crackers or bread, or scoop it up with bell pepper wedges.
Finfish and Vegetables in Papillote
Cooking in paper—en papillote—is a simple, elegant way to prepare fish. When the package is opened, an aromatic puff of steam escapes.
Bill Dugan suggests that beginners try this simple method: Sprinkle a fresh 4- to 5-ounce portion of fish with salt, wrap in a parchment bag and steam in a vegetable steamer for 5 to 8 minutes. Serve au jus or with a splash of vinaigrette. He also suggests baking delicate fish 15 minutes in a parchment bag with fresh herbs.
The Finfish and Vegetables in Papillote recipe uses fresh vegetables as well as herbs to create a fragrant main dish.
Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette
Bill Dugan grills fish over coals or tucks it into a foil packet to grill. (You'll get more grilled flavor with the direct method, but the foil packet makes for easy cleanup.) We like the fish with a good squeeze of lemon, served over greens and couscous.
Lobster Roll Salad Sandwich
Here's the Chicago Fish Guy's take on a traditional New England lobster roll. It's like a lobster BLT, but Bill Dugan uses pancetta instead of bacon slices.
Pancetta is a little like bacon, except it's cured with salt, spices and garlic. You'll find pancetta at Italian food shops or at the deli in large supermarkets.
We like the chunky consistency of this colorful and thick fresh, cold soup. It makes the lobster meat go a long way without seeming skimpy. This recipe is from Bill Dugan of Chicago.
Curried Coconut Shrimp and Noodles
This pasta-based seafood dish features a flavor-packed broth of ginger, curry and coconut milk. The tender noodles soak it up.
Great Lakes Salmon Chowder
Fish chowder celebrates Michigan, the Great Lakes State (four of the five lakes touch it). Freshwater salmon teams up with two more state ingredients (potatoes and asparagus) for an exceptionally satisfying soup.
Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche
Ceviche (seh-VEESH) is a Latin American dish of raw fish and seafood marinated in acidic citrus juices until it turns opaque. In this recipe, you'll cook the shrimp and fish in boiling water for a minute (to avoid any problems with using fish that's not perfectly fresh), cool it, and marinate in the original citrus juices, coconut milk and tequila.
Use corn husks to package your fish fillets in this main dish. Roasting the corn salsa intensifies its flavor. Serve with tortilla chips to scoop up any leftover salsa on your plate.
Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter
A mixture of fresh basil, pistachios, lime juice, garlic and butter tops easy grilled salmon. Store leftover pistachio-basil butter in your refrigerator for up to a week; toss with hot pasta or spread on toasted French bread.
Mexican Shrimp Tostadas
Shrimp flavored with lime top lettuce, black beans and tomatoes in this quick-and-easy main dish.
Fresh mushrooms and asparagus add seasonal flavor to this skillet-cooked specialty from Grant Street Bar and Grill in Peru, Indiana.
North Shore Fish Cakes
Every self-respecting North Shore cook makes a version of this traditional old Scandinavian main dish. The father of Grand Marais, Minnesota, native Nancy Lindquist brought his recipe with him from Norway. These tasty fish cakes are based on that recipe. A touch of nutmeg flavors the moist-on-the-inside and crisp-on-the-outside patties.
Willis Family Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
Peel and devein 1 pound of large fresh shrimp in shells (about 16), leaving tails intact. Rinse; pat dry. Using 8 slices of Niman Ranch Bacon or other bacon (halved crosswise), wrap each shrimp in a piece of bacon, securing with a wood toothpick (neck to tail in a half-moon). To grill, place shrimp on lightly greased rack of uncovered grill over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and shrimp turn opaque, turning once. (For gas grill, cover and grill as directed.) If you like, serve with your favorite barbecue sauce. Makes 16.
Skate wing, orange roughy, flounder or catfish fillets work well in this recipe from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City Michigan.
Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Greek Dipping Sauce
"This dish captures all the sun-kissed flavors of the Greek Islands: lemon, garlic, and oregano," says Chicago grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel. "It's become a staple when I entertain."
Although this recipe takes very little hands-on cooking time, be sure to allow an hour to marinate the salmon so it absorbs all the flavors of the sweet-and-salty marinade.
Season's Best Shrimp Parmesan
Spoon this creamy, rich shrimp sauce over rice or pasta. It's a specialty from Cafe Beignet in St. Charles, Missouri.
Poached Salmon With Shrimp Sauce
This special-occasion dish combines tender salmon with a rich cream sauce.