Portuguese Salt Codfish and Shrimps Stew Recipe

Portuguese Salt Codfish and Shrimps Stew

Ensopado de Bacalhau e Camarão is a beloved recipe in Portugal. There are many variations for this comforting, soul warming food for gray winter days. Above all simple to make and very tasty.

Bacalhau à Portuguesa Recipe

Bacalhau à Portuguesa

Salt cod fish and Chorizo are popular features in the Portuguese and Spanish cuisine frequently using the same ingredients but in a different way. In this version, chickpeas play the sidekick instead of potatoes.

Braised Monkfish in Red Pepper Almond Sauce

A quick Spanish recipe that presents beautifully. If I am pressed for time I use good quality roasted red peppers in a jar rather than roasting them myself. The result is quite similar. Monkfish flesh is covered with a gray membrane that needs to be removed as it shrinks when cooked and looks unpleasant in contrast to the whiteness of the fish.

Spicy Sardine Pâté

A can of sardines is often a cupboard staple that can be easily forgotten. You can turn it into a spicy creamy spread in 10 minutes. A fork and a bowl are all you need as kitchen utensils. A food processor is not required unless you prefer it really smooth. I personally prefer it with a bit of texture. Oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes are excellent to “mascarade” the fishy taste of the sardines and to give the pâté an appealing orange/red color.

Crispy Fish Balls with Sweet and Spicy Sauce Recipe

Crispy Fish Balls with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

Very popular throughout Southeast Asia, the perfect quick bite dunked into a piquant sauce. Serving fish balls on a bed of crispy bok choy elevates this humble street food into something special. Bok choy’s hint of spicy bitterness and its fast cooking properties is my stir-fry choice to go with.

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

A light meal is always a good option when temperatures soar outside. Even a passionate cook like me tends to get a little lazy in the kitchen when it’s hot. Tuna stuffed tomatoes are a good choice, an excellent recipe. Stuffing can be made ahead and kitchen cleaning is a breeze.

Roasted Salmon with Speck and Leeks Recipe

Roasted Salmon with Speck and Leeks

Salmon is a versatile choice that works well for an impromptu dinner with guests. Quickly done yet with an aura of refinement. Here, I use crisp speck, the more rustic cousin of the Prosciutto di Parma. Serve with Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes.

Fish Polpette (Polpette di Pesce) Recipe

Fish Polpette (Polpette di Pesce)

This fish polpette recipe is comfort food from Italy. The preparation is not much different than meatballs, aside from the fact that they are not fried. Fishballs are “poached” in a rich tomato sauce and served on its own, not with pasta.

A slice of crusty bread is all you need to mop the delicious tomato sauce.

Codfish with Portuguese Linguiça Recipe

Codfish with Portuguese Linguiça

Fish and potatoes are a recurring theme in the Iberian cuisine. The addition of “linguiça” (Portuguese soft spicy sausage in taste similar to Spanish chorizo) and leeks to the codfish brings the dish to another level. The result is earnest food at its best. A flexitarian recipe invented centuries before the word flexitarian ever was created.

Seafood Stew with Parsley Aïoli Recipe

Seafood Stew with Parsley Aïoli

An elegant Ragoût de Fruits de Mer using different cuts of fish and shellfish. It is served with parsley Aioli, a nice variation of the traditional Sauce Rouille normally used for fish stews in the Provence.

Sardine Fillets in Lemon Sauce Recipe

Sardine Fillets in Lemon Sauce

It’s no surprise that the Aegean Islands have the most fish recipes in the Greeks cuisine. Sardela me Saltsa Lemoniou is a dish of the Cyclades and is often served as part of a Mezze.

Marinated Sardines Recipe

Marinated Sardines

Sardinas en Escabeche, a very popular recipe from Spain, which is often used for tapas or as an appetizer.

Escabeche is an age-old technique to preserve food. Fish, mussels, poultry or game are poached or fried in olive oil and then marinated for at least 24 hours in garlic, herbs, and vinegar and served at room temperature.

Sanibel Fish Soup Recipe

Sanibel Fish Soup

An easy to prepare, light and tasty fish soup from Sanibel Island. Firm-fleshed fish, like Grouper or Mahi Mahi are optimal, but Pollock or Cod are also suitable.

Salmon with Lentils, Bacon and Horseradish Sauce Recipe

Salmon with Lentils, Bacon and Horseradish Sauce

New Year’s lentil soup or lentil stew is no doubt a time-honored dish handed down for generations in many families often times with little change. I am not very fond of keeping the same way of doing things. Add a different touch all of your own, that’s what I call keeping traditions alive.

Catfish with Mojo Verde Recipe

Catfish with Mojo Verde

This dish from Spain combines the catfish with Mojo Verde, the cilantro and caper sauce originally from the Canary Islands. This dish goes well with small new potatoes, boiled or slightly roasted, and a green salad.

Moroccan Seafood Tagine Recipe

Moroccan Seafood Tagine

This mouth-watering seafood dish from Morocco is full of flavors and colors – as they say, “the eye eats before the mouth”. Accompanied by Couscous and Chermoula it is a sure bet with our friends.

Sardine and Potato Bake Recipe

Sardine and Potato Bake

The combination of sardines and potatoes is much reflective of the old times “Cucina Povera” (the poor’s kitchen) of Italy. Simple and cheap ingredients turned into a much satisfying meal.

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