Showing posts with label cornstarch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cornstarch. Show all posts

Seafood chowder with cod fillets and shrimp

I make this soup quite often in the winter. And what a better time to have some heartwarming soup, than this year's winter. The weather has been unseasonably cold in the Midwest with inches upon inches of snow and freezing temperatures. We end up staying inside in the warmth of our homes and experiment with cooking (at least I am). Enjoy this heartwarming soup and for those of you who live in the Midwest, stay safe and warm.

Makes 10 servings (approximately 12 oz each serving).

½ cup olive oil
1 cup diced Canadian bacon
1 cup red onion
1 ½ cup diced celery
1/3 cup parsley
2 tsp garlic
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups diced potatoes
6 oz frozen peas
12 oz large shrimp
1 lbs Cod Atlantic Frozen-At-Sea Fillet
¼ tsp pepper
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp cornstarch
3 tsp water

Saute the Canadian bacon, red onions, garlic and celery in the olive oil (Canadian bacon is less fatty than the usual bacon). Add the potatoes and the chicken stock. Let it cook till the potatoes are tender. Since they are diced, they will cook at approximately 15-20 minutes.

Add the frozen peas and parsley. Add salt and pepper according to taste. Since using the chicken stock and the seafood, you might want to skip the salt altogether. It could end up being too salty. On this dish, I only used a pinch.

Add the milk and let it simmer while you dilute the cornstarch in the water. Add that and then add the shrimp and cod pieces. Cook till the shrimp are pink in color and the soup is heated through. Remove from heat and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 11.401 oz (323.2g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
Calories from Fat 98
Total Fat 10.9g
Saturated Fat 1.6g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 69mg
Sodium 414mg
Total Carbohydrates 16.2g
Dietary Fiber 3.0g
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 17.8g

Salmon with Lemon Artichoke and Capers Sauce

Salmon is such a great fish which is a shame to actually cover it with any type of sauces.  But I got tired of eating grilled salmon all the time so I thought I'd try it with this lemon caper sauce that I sort of came up with a few years ago.  Back then, I used flour.  More like a basic white sauce but with lemon juice.  Over the years, I experimented making it with cornstarch, which takes a lot less time for the sauce to thicken than making it with flour.  It's a great sauce to pour over grilled chicken or any other type of fish.  Another time I baked some tilapia fillets in the same sauce in the oven, but without the cornstarch.  That recipe  in another Greek Fusion Cuisine Blog post.  This is a quick and easy recipe to make if you are crunched for time, or to make on a weekday after work.  Within an hour I had dinner on the table. 

Makes approximately 6-8 servings depending on how big you want your serving. 6 servings are approximately 8 oz each. The Nutritional information below is for 6 servings at approximately 8oz each.

1.5 lbs salmon fillet
 2 tbsp olive oil
4-5 lemon slices

Preheat oven to 500° F. (Broil) Put a grill pan – big enough to fit the salmon fillet- in the oven to get hot. When hot remove from the oven and brush with the one-tablespoon olive oil. 

 In the meantime, wash and pat dry the salmon. Put the salmon, skin side down on the pan and brush with the remaining olive oil.  Top the salmon with the lemon slices. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the pan back in the oven and broil for 8-10 minutes.  

Lemon Caper sauce with Artichoke hearts
¾ cup chicken stock
¼ cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
2 cups artichoke hearts quartered (from a jar will do fine)
1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup water
1.5 tbsp butter
2 tsp capers
Salt and pepper to taste

In a sauce-pan add the chicken stock, lemon juice and artichoke hearts. Heat through. Dilute the cornstarch in the ¼ cup water and add to the sauce stirring till slightly thickened. Turn the heat off. Add the butter and stir till the butter is melted.  Add the capers.   Remove the salmon from the grill pan and place in a serving platter.  Pour the lemon-artichoke-caper sauce on top.  Serve over hot rice   

 Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 serving (255.1 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345
Total Fat 21.8g
Saturated Fat 5.4g
Cholesterol 79mg
Sodium 285mg
Total Carbohydrates 10.6g
Dietary Fiber 4.3g
Sugars 1.2g
Protein 27.8g