Impress Your Loved Ones with a Seafood Dinner

I am not afraid to admit that i am a great and creative cook. I love cooking for my loved ones and, since my wife is a pescetarian (look it up!) I have learned to cook more with fish and other non-red meat type products to great success. Last night I whipped up a great seafood dinner and I'd like to share with you the recipe. It's very important that you prepare the food in the order I have it written here if you want it all to be ready at the same time! Let me know how your efforts turn out!

Before you do anything, make sure your salmon and scallops are thoroughly thawed, but keep them refrigerated until use. Now, preheat your oven to "bake" at 375 degrees and then read on. Pictures forthcoming.

Mango Salsa Ingredients

One large mango

1/2 red onion

1 jalapeno

agave nectar

sea or kosher salt

1/2 red bell pepper

small lime

fresh mint

1/4 garlic clove

First, the Mango salsa

1. dice your large mango into cubes. If you'd like to puree it, you can as well.

2. place the cubes in a large bowl

3. puree together: 1/2 red onion, jalapeno (I don't like mine super hot so I only use 1/4 of it, but you can do as much or as little as you'd like, depending on how much heat you'd like), 1/2 red bell pepper, 3 mint leaves (no stems)

4. Combine these ingredients with the mango. Add a pinch of salt, squeeze the agave bottle into the bowl for five to ten seconds in a circular motion and squeeze in all the lime juice you can.

5. Mix thoroughly and then refrigerate, uncovered

Baked Salmon Ingredients

1 pound fresh wild caught salmon

olive oil

thyme

dill

lemon

mango/lime seafood seasoning


Now the Salmon

1. line an oven safe baking dish with a thin layer of olive oil.

2. Place the salmon into the pan, being sure to keep the skin on.

3. One by one, cover the salmon with a think layer of all the seasonings.

4. Slice a lemon into 4-5 circles, place these atop the salmon, being careful not to squeeze any juices.

5. Place in middle rack of oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until salmon is flaky)

Cheezy Potato soup ingredients

2 small (10 3/4 oz) cans of cheddar cheese soup

four ounces of pepper jack cheese

1/4 white onion

fresh basil leaves

fthyme

fresh oregano leaves

1-2 heads of brocolli

three large red potatoes

dairy milk

soy milk

water

Soup Thyme

Soup Thyme is a great soup restaurant here in Hillsboro, Oregon. it's Soup Nazi good! Let's make our own soup now. Make soup for you!

1. Cube three red potatoes and allow to boil in a sauce pan for 10 minutes

2. Heat a deep pan to low heat, 3-5 on most stoves. Make sure soup does not boil

3. Empty two cans of cheddar soup into pan

4. Cube 4 oz. of pepper jack cheese and add to pan

5. Add one can full each of milk, water and soy milk. You may add more or less as soup cooks based on desired consistency.

6. Add in chopped broccoli.

7. Puree white onion, a few basil leaves, some thyme, a few oregano leaves.

8. Combine this with soup.

9. Drain potatoes and add to soup. Stir thoroughly. Cover, stirring occasionally, being sure not to let the soup boil.

Pan Fried scallops ingredients

Four large fresh scalllops

olive oil

dark rum

fresh basil

fresh oregano

fresh chives

fresh mint

1/4 large white onion

flour

seafood seasoning

cajun seasoning

thyme

Let's fry some scallops

Scallops cook quickly so prepare everything else first before started to fry the scallops.

1. Heat sauce pan to medium high heat. Cover bottom of pan with olive oil.

2. Take two shots of rum, drink one and add the other shot to the pan and mix with oil.

3. puree a few basil leaves, a few oregano leaves, 3-4 chives, 3-4 mint leaves, and white onion.

4. Combine in pan and stir.

5. In a plastic bag, add 3-4 tablespoons of flour, and combine it with all the powdery seasonings listed on ingredients.

6. Completely dry scallops and then add them to plastic bag and mix thoroughly shake and bake style (important note: Doing this yesterday, I failed to completely seal the bag and I had quite a mess on my hands. Do not make this same mistake).

7. Remove scallops from bag and make sure they are completely cover in mixture.

8. Check that the oil is sizzling, if it is, carefully place the scallops in the pan and drip mixture from pan over them.

9. Cover and fry for 2-3 minutes (depending on texture. If the scallops are fresh, you can eat them raw so cooking time is entirely dependent on the texture you want for your scallops.)

10. Turn scallops, drip mixture over them again and fry on this side for another 2-3 minutes.

11. Remove from pan and place into bowl. Pour contents of pan into the bowl over the scallops and garnish with fresh parsley


Finishing

1. Take salmon out of oven and cover it generously with mango salsa. You should have excess salsa, which is good because it is quite tasty with tortilla chips.

2. Move soup from burner and serve.

3. Enjoy

4. Have on cooker clean up,but, to make their job easier, clean as you go.


serves 4





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, October 2011

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Xenolit, soup is a very important part of every meal. Let me know if ou try this and how you like it :-)


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

Nice hub. I'm for cooking from scratch too. But sometimes the soup saves time and saves the day.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Suzzy, I sometimes use real cheese but the meal already takes a long time to prepare and using real cheese adds to it... but I'm with you on real ingredients :-)


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

All your recipes sound wonderful except cheesy potato ,I would put real cheese in it and avoid all the salt in cheddar cheese can soup. I beleive cook with real ingrediences makes real food.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

audrey, me too!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I am all about fresh and in season--and I love trying out new things--


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

it's pretty good, Audrey. Remember, the fresher the ingredients, the better!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This sounds fabulous!! I am also pesceterian--and I love soup thyme! Happy New Year to you Justin!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

what do u put in your mango salsa?

i don't know for sure what alternatives there are, but, I did a google search and was taken here: http://www.thefishsite.com/articles/1240/silver-po...

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

Very yummy dish. Do you know what a good substitute for salmon ? I think its hard to get a fresh salmon here.

I have made a mango salsa before but not with that ingredients :D


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Malin, thanks for reading. Let me know how this recipe works out for you!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

My Husband and I are Sea Food Lovers...not much we don't like...well maybe NOT squid. Having said that, I loved your Recipe. Salmon is such a Treat when served right. Thanks for sharing.

I look forward to following your Hubs Karaoke Guy, and a humble thank you for following me as well.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks. So was the missus :-) Let me know if you make this and how it turns out for u


Sueswan 5 years ago

I am very impressed. :-)

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