Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

I love when dishes come about like this.  I looked at what we had in the fridge, entered those items into google and added “recipe” to the end.  Google brought me a lovely recipe from Giada de Laurentiis, which was close enough. The original is listed as above.  Below is what I actually made.

1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 lb linguine pasta, cooked
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 giant cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cup mushrooms, halved
1 lb. large shrimp, thawed in cool water if frozen
1/4 cup lemon juice
zest of one large lemon
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 big handfuls arugula (probably 4 cups)
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup shaved parmesan

Cook pasta in salted water if not already cooked. (We had leftover pasta we just dunked in hot water for a bit.

In a large frying pan, heat olive oil. Add onions and cook until somewhat softened, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Add mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add shrimp, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper and cook until shrimp is done – about 4-5 minutes. Drain pasta, saving some of the pasta water. Add pasta to the frying pan, along with the arugula. Toss to combine and wilt the arugula. If it seems too dry, add a couple of spoons of the pasta water.  Top with fresh parsley and shaved parmesan.

Serve. Come back for seconds. Bring bread to clean the frying pan out, then sigh wistfully because every golden drop is gone.

Ina’s Salmon

It’s another fabulous Ina Garten recipe – and almost ridiculously easy. When I think how much cooking fish used to scare the heck out of me, I can hardly believe it.

3 lbs. salmon, cut into 2″ slices

2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
3 Tbsp soy sauce
6 Tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix mustard, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic powder in a bowl. Pour about half the marinade in a glass baking dish, and let salmon soak in it skin side up for 20-30 minutes. Flip fish back over.

To grill the fish, preheat the grill, and start the fish skin side down. Grill for five minutes. Then brush with more marinade, carefully flip fish over and grill five more minutes. Remove to a serving platter and drizzle on any remaining marinade.

Baking is even easier. Just flip salmon so it’s skin side down in the glass baking dish. Heat oven to 425 and bake the fish for 20 minutes. I like to brush the fish with more glaze about half way through. It’s done when it’s flaky. Yum.

Roasted Salmon

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp soy sauce
6 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic, crushed
large Salmon fillet (enough for two big fillet, actually.

Mix mustard, soy sauce, oil and garlic together. Lay salmon skin side down in a baking dish and drizzle glaze over. Let the fish marinate for about 10 minutes. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.

Great with Gnocchi and fresh peas.

Fish Tacos

This is so good and if you use frozen panko-breaded tilapia, it’s crazy quick.

4-5 piece of panko-breaded tilalpa from Costco. (Sorry – can’t remember the brand)
cumin powder
cayenne powder

Sprinkle a pinch of cumin and cayenne on the fish and bake as directed. When you remove them from the oven, slice them into 1/2″ slices.

Meanwhile, put together the avocado relish and yoghurt sauce, and warm the tortillas.

Avocado relish:

1/2 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup jalapenos
1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup onion
1/2 cup diced avocado (can add more if you like)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp salt salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix all gently.

Mayo sauce:

1 1/2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 lime, juiced
dash hot sauce (can use Tabasco or Sriracha)

Mix together.

corn tortillas
diced cabbage
1 bunch cilantro, diced
Mexican cheese (not taco cheese)

While fish is baking, wrap tortillas in foil, pop them in the oven for 5-6 minutes and assemble avocado relish and mayo sauce.

On a plate, place a warm tortilla, and fan out one fish fillet on each tortilla. Top with a spoonful of Avocado relish. Add a spoonful of cabbage, a sprinkling of cilantro and cheese. Drizzle with mayo sauce and serve. Sooo good.