Before you get on my case, I promise this white fish is salmon. Say what? Yeah. There was a new (to me) type of King Salmon available at my Costco and I was curious. I was going to pass on it until a stranger told me more about it. He said if I like King Salmon and had never had this type, that I should try it. I keep forgetting the name, but it is named for a river between BC and Alaska. It was a really nice piece of fish. Tender, moist, and all yummy fish traits without being “fishy”…not that that bothers me as much. But, this was still wild (troll) caught and I know wild fish tend to be fishier to some people.
We really do like tacos in this house. We hadn’t had them for awhile, but I wasn’t in the mood for more chicken, or even for beef. I wanted shrimp, but since I’m supposed to limit them right now, I decided to go with a white fish I am allowed to have in moderation. Yay! It was something new for us, and it ended up as a light meal that was still filling. I made my usual tortillas, adding in some dill this time. We also did our usual sides and discovered that my mini food processor works super well for guacamole. In fact, K said that is the only way to make it from now on. For our salsa, we had some fresh pineapple on hand and decided to mix it up a bit. We combined chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, dried chopped onion (you could use raw), cilantro, and chopped pineapple into my new favorite salsa. It was amazing! Sweet, which paired really well with the savory tacos. I also loved the guacamole with the salsa.
This recipe is a bit dangerous, I should warn you. I have worked with serrano peppers before, so I know how they are. I used that one instead of a jalapeno because it is mild enough for the weak palates in my family. But, when I made the curry paste with the serrano and dried chiles…something was extra spicy! I must have washed my hands at least 10 times before the spice wore off them. I would recommend wearing gloves to be safe. A lesson for next time! Because, yes, we will make this again. The other fun parts for this recipe included the shrimp and the pineapple.
I’m back with a Fish Friday post! I haven’t shared any fish recipes for a while. This one isn’t anything fancy. In fact, I had a few “fancy” ideas for the rockfish we bought. I was thinking of a tomato sauce, maybe putting a coating on it…there were a few ideas. Then, just before I was going to make it, K made a request. At his work’s cafeteria, there was some sort of ginger fish dish that sounded good, but he had not gotten it. He wanted something like that. Now, I had made a similar dish with salmon before and decided to do a similar version for the rockfish. K’s family usually steams fish, but my family always baked it, so that’s what I do here. I asked K if he wanted to try to steam it but apparently he did not have great results previously.
On Friday I referenced this recipe. Or, at least, I teased that there would be an awesome recipe to pair with those cheddar buttermilk biscuits. Hopefully lobster bisque was worth waiting for; especially a healthy one! I came across a recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Sauce from Pinch of Yum and it was perfect timing after we had just eaten a soup at a restaurant which was basically this sauce. I told K I could make it for him. He also requested a bisque. He did not care what kind, but said he wanted seafood in it. I did a little research to see what was involved for a bisque. There were lots of recipes that used cooked lobster meat, and I am sure they are fine, but if I am going to make a bisque, I wanted to do it fully. Lobster popped in my mind because of my goals, and I know that lobster is actually good for you.
Continuing the Italian trend I’ve been on over the last week, here is another yummy dish for you! It comes courtesy of my Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen cookbook. Well, sort of. She has her own basic risotto recipe, but I like doing my own thing for it. Hers was a bit more involved than my normal risotto. I haven’t shared my risotto recipe on here yet, so below you will find my basic risotto, which is similar to the quinoa risotto I have shared before. I will include the shrimp and leek variation because it was particularly yummy, but you could easily add other ingredients instead. Chicken, mushrooms, vegetables like broccoli, and other ingredients could be swapped in for your flavor preferences. This was one of our Friday Lent meals, and I had a shrimp craving, so here you go!
K and I just discovered the nice fish our Whole Foods has to offer. I wanted to have some sort of fish dish since it is Lent and that means Fish Fridays for this Catholic girl! I am sharing this not on a Friday, but it allows you time to pick up some fish for this Friday, if you wish to have some fish fun. We previously have made a version of this dish with shrimp and I felt that fish would work well, too. You can really use any quick-cooking fish that is easy to saute in a skillet. If you decide to use shrimp, add it at the end and do not partially cook it at the beginning like I do with the fish. This dish does not need to be spicy, but feel free to go nuts with your choice of spicy seasoning if you love it. Likewise, you can substitute a different quick-cooking green for the spinach (think Swiss Chard, lettuce, etc.).
Don’t leave out the cilantro, though.
We are huge fans of cilantro in this house!