Artcile: Traditional Seafood Dishes of the World

Ethnic cuisines offer some of the easiest and most delicious ways to prepare seafood. Some of the more famous seafood dishes originate from Spain, the UK, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and other regions.

Several dishes from Europe and Scandinavia feature salted or smoked fish and rich sauces. German style haddock and potatoes is a good example. The meal pairs delicious salted haddock with hearty white potatoes, both items that can be stored during the long European winter. The recipe calls for alternate layers of potatoes, fish and onions. Eggs are beaten and folded together with sour cream, pepper and mace, then poured over the potatoes. The dish is then sprinkled with breadcrumbs and additional butter and baked slowly.

Haddock is also very popular smoked in Europe and Scandinavia where a famous product is finnan haddie. The real finnan haddie consists of North Sea haddock which has been gutted, split and smoked. In Scotland, it is traditionally served at breakfast or lunch but usually not as the main course of the meal.

Great Britain is famous for its simple yet delicious meal of fish and chips, which features North Sea fish such as cod, haddock, saithe, sole or plaice. The meal, which originated as a result of the industrial revolution, consists of battered, deep-fried fish and sliced deep-fried potatoes. The meal has gained a strong urban following that continues to present day, with British style “chip shops” being famous not only in the United Kingdom but around the world. A similar dish from the United Kingdom, “scampi”, consists of lobster tail meat that has been coated in breadcrumbs or batter and deep fried.

Italy, known for its cuisine, also makes extensive use of fresh seafood. Cioppino is a classic Italian fish stew made with a mixture of fish and shellfish. The meal is not only popular in the home country, but also where ever Italian fishermen have settled. Depending on local species, the dish may contain fish, shrimp, crabs, mussels or other seafood. Other ingredients include wine, broth, herbs, garlic and butter. In Italian cuisine, “Scampi”, denotes a dish of shrimp served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served either with bread, or over pasta or rice.

Mexican seafood meals include seafood enchiladas, fish tacos and other recipes. Fish tacos are made with traditional ingredients such as toasted corn tortillas, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled, smoked or fried fish, cheeses, lime and others. Seafood enchiladas are another very simple Latino dish to prepare. A typical enchilada recipe is the foundation of the meal, with tortillas being filled with vegetables, sauce and practically any type of boneless fish. Once assembled, the enchiladas are arranged in a casserole dish and covered with more sauce, cheese and spices.

Spanish cuisine offers several classic seafood meal choices. Paella, a traditional dish, is a colorful mixture of saffron-flavored rice and meat. The name refers to the paellera, the flat, round pan in which it is cooked. A traditional paella is cooked outdoors, over a wood fire. Seafood used in the dish includes clams, shrimps, prawn, lobster, mussels or squid.

Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries also utilize seafood extensively in meals. Among the top Asian meals are delicious soups, featuring a light broth, rice noodles and a variety of seafood that often includes prawns, mollusks and small fish paired with local vegetables, herbs and spices.

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Popular Fish Recipes

Fish has been eaten throughout the UK for many, many years. Traditional fish and chips was the Nations best loved take-away dish until relatively recently.

Many families continue their religious requirements and only eat fish on a Friday. Battered fish, served with chips remains a popular meal which many people now choose to cook at home as a healthier alternative to take-away.

Battered cod fillets with a Chip Shop flavour from the chilled cabinet are a great way to still enjoy one of the UKs most popular supper dishes.

Cod, with its firm white flesh and unique flavour is one of the most popular varieties to use in fish dishes. It is ideal for using in fishermans pie as the flakes of flesh do not disintegrate when cooked. A combination of cod in sauce with a mashed potato topping offers a complete meal from one dish. The versatility of a fish pie enables people to include various other ingredients, such as cheese, mushrooms or peas. Chefs have brought fish style pies right up to date by using coley with spinach and horseradish as a crumble, a tasty and easy to prepare main course meal. Pre-prepared Admiral pie is one of the most popular ready meals-simply heat and serve making this a very healthy family meal.

Trout continues to be one of the most popular fish to eat. Simple recipes and quick cooking times enables supper dishes to be prepared and served very easily. Using trout fillets from the chilled cabinets means there is no fiddly preparation required. Grilled and served with a variety of seeds and char grilled asparagus this nutritious meal is ideal for serving to family and friends. Smoked trout offers a distinctive flavour which can be used in any trout recipes successfully.

Smoked haddock is the main ingredient for the popular breakfast dish Kedgeree. the breakfast eating habits of people have changed and Kedgeree is not found on many family breakfast menus these days. This beautiful fish remains a popular choice which is now served as main course or supper dishes. Smoked haddock served with creamy mashed sweet potato provides a great family meal, the tradition of serving a poached egg on top of the fish adds to this protein packed recipe.

Many people are choosing to incorporate fish such a bream and sea bass into the diets. These fish can be cooked in a wide variety of different ways making them increasingly popular choices. Sea bass fillets brought from the chilled cabinet are very easy and quick to cook. Packed full of protein and minerals, the texture and delicious flavour of sea bass is gaining in popularity. Served in many top restaurants both bream and sea bass recipes from master chefs are being emulated in homes across the country.

Salads made with succulent king prawns are a healthy and nutritious meal during the warmer months or for people trying to lose weight.

Traditional popular fish recipes can easily be found online. The introduction of fish recipes as a pod cast is a great modern way to show you how to make healthy and nutritious meals.

Youngs Sea Food offer a wide variety of fish recipes.

A Traditional New England Seafood Dinner with Haddock as entree [recipe]

This recipe is well worth the effort – it’s a full recipe guide to cooking a traditional New England Seafood Dinner.

Quick, easy, inexpensive and a family-favorite: a New England Seafood Dinner adds style to your dining room. It’s so easy to make — and just Down East delicious.

Elegant and home-style at the same time, New England cooking is some of the best around.

Here are the recipes for a complete New England Seafood Dinner.  A great meal that will astound friends, surprise family — or please that someone you met somewhere like WUVING.com with a romantic dinner – it’s a home cooked delight for whoever your guests may be.

Start with a fresh yummy chowder (a cup only, served with just a few salted crackers), continue with a stylish and delicious fish entree that your guests will talk about for days — and finish off with a quick and fast traditional dessert and you have got…

A NEW ENGLAND SEAFOOD DINNER

–Boston Clam Chowder–

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced leeks

1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 tablespoons flour 1 quart milk

1 cup clams in juice

1 cup diced potatoes

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon dry thyme

1/2 cup heavy cream

1) In a soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, leeks and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes mixing often.

2) Remove from heat and add flour, mixing well.

3) Add milk and whisk vigorously.

4) Drain clams and add juice to soup.

5) Slowly bring to a boil, mixing often. Reduce heat to a simmer.

6) Add potatoes and seasonings, simmer 10 minutes.

7) Add clams and simmer 5 – 8 minutes.

8) Finish with heavy cream. Serve.

ENTREE: Fried Haddock & Down East Tartar Sauce served with Homestyle Onion Rings and Vermont Dill Potato Wedges

–Fried Haddock–

4 fresh haddock fillets, 6 oz. each

1 cup milk

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon paprika

1 cup cornmeal

vegetable oil

In a shallow dish, mix together milk, salt, pepper, and paprika.

Dip pieces of fish in milk mixture. Roll fish in cornmeal and set pieces on waxed paper to dry. Heat 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil to 350F. Deep fry fish, turning once, until golden brown.

(NOTE: Haddock can also be pan-fried, using less oil…)

Drain fish on paper towels and keep hot. Use the same oil for Onion Rings:

–Homestyle Onion Rings–

1 cup McCormick Golden Dipt Tempura batter mix

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup beer

1 extra large white onion, sliced 3/8″ thick

6 cups vegetable oil in your deep frye

Preheat the deep fryer to 375F

Combine the tempura mix with the spices and liquid to make a batter using a fork. There will be some small lumps; don’t worry about those.

Slice the onion, and separate all of the rings.

Dip the individual rings in the batter, and drop into the preheated oil. Deep fry 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, salt lightly, and serve hot with fish dinner…

–Vermont Dill Potato Wedges–

7 or 8 new red potatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced fine

1/4 pound butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. celery salt

2 tsp. dried dill weed

Wash potatoes well and boil until barely soft. Drain, and cut potatoes in wedges. Melt 1 stick of butter, in large frying pan (use only real butter if possible) and saute garlic for about one minute.

Add potatoes and the rest of the seasonings. Pan-fry the potatoes until they are lightly brown.

–Down East Tartar Sauce–

(Prepare beforehand)

1/3 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing

2/3 cup Sour cream

1/4 cup Confectioner’s Sugar

3 Tablespoons sweet white onion, chopped fine

2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish from jar with the relish juice

3 Teaspoons carrot, chopped fine

1/4 Teaspoon salt

Chop the sweet white onion in food processor, put in small container and set aside. Chop carrot in food processor, and add to onion.

Mix in remaining ingredients and stir to blend thoroughly.

Do not use electric mixer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight to let flavors blend.

–Colonial Carrot Cake–

2 1/2 Cup All-purpose flour

2 Tablespoon Baking soda

1/4 Teaspoon Salt 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Cup Light brown sugar, packed

1 Cup White sugar

1-1/2 Cup Butter, softened

3 Large Eggs

2 Teaspoon Pure vanilla extract

3 Cup Grated carrots

1/2 Cup Crushed pineapple, drained

1 Cup (6-oz.) raisins

1 Cup (4-oz.) chopped walnuts

16 Ounce Cream cheese, softened

1/2 Cup Salted butter, softened

1 Tablespoon Fresh lemon juice (about 1, large lemon)

2 Teaspoon Pure vanilla extract

3 Cup Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugars. Add butter, one egg and vanilla; blend with electric mixer on low speed.

Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. And remaining eggs, one at a time, beating 30 seconds after each addition. Add carrots, pineapple, raisins and walnuts. Blend on low until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Bake in center of oven for 60-70 minutes. Toothpick nserted into center should come out clean.

Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Then invert cakes on rack and cool to room temperature. TO PREPARE ICING: On a medium bowl with electic mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth add lemon juice and vanilla; beat until combined. Add sugar gradually, mixing on low until smooth.

TO ICE THE CARROT CAKE: Place one layer on a cake platter, and with a metal spatula spread icing over the top to form a thin filling. Place second layer over the first, rounded side up. Coat the top and sides of the cake evenly with remaining icing. Refrigerate 1 hour to set icing.

And you are serving an elegant New England Dinner that is every bit as fine as a restaurant meal — but only a fraction of the cost. Serve this meal to your family and they’ll brag about you for weeks. Serve it to friends and you’ll get the reputation of a Top Chef!

Enjoy!

Brian Alan Burhoe — www.brianalanburhoe.com

A Graduate of the Holland College Culinary Course, Brian Alan Burhoe has cooked in Atlantic Coast restaurants for over 30 years. He is a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation. Brian’s articles reflect his interests in food service, dreamstudy, imaginative literature and our best friends — our dogs. His Home Page is A CULINARY MYSTERY TOUR – A Literary Chef

Free Soul Food Recipe Sites Appealing More To Health Conscious Consumers

Free soul food recipe websites are slowly appealing to a younger crowd. This new market is not only younger but more health conscious than traditional southern food lovers of the past. The younger crowd loves the taste and satisfaction of traditional southern dishes, but without the heavy feeling afterwards. This results from the heavy ingredients and often the cooking oils contained in traditional soul food recipes.

To adapt to the taste and demands of younger consumers more recipe publishers, dining establishments and manufacturers are cooking lighter. For example, many now include lighter ingredients in their menus and recipes. For example, most have change from cooking with animal fats to peanut, olive, and sesame oils. Less red meat and pork dishes are served in soul food restaurants and more chicken, turkey and cold water fish such as salmon, cod and haddock have been added to the menu.

To flavor the dishes, healthier and lighter sauces is offered along with natural herbs and spices.  Most free soul food recipe websites, cookbooks and restaurants continue to phase out traditional flavorings such as ham hocks, fatback and bacon drippings. These seasonings don’t have the same appeal to the younger health conscious consumer as it does to the older crowd. These changes continue to help bring back many older consumers as well, those who had to avoid eating soul food cooking for health reasons. Much of the traditional southern cooking contained high amounts of sodium, calories and fat. This often caused high blood pressure, obesity and other health ailments.

Now that more soul food recipes have included the desires and demands of the health conscious crowd, the southern cuisine continues to experience a strong comeback.  New phrases have even emerged to describe this new movement and have spawned a whole new market. Healthy soul food  has come to describe southern cuisine with healthy ingredients, cooking methods or even raw food dining. For example, you’ll find more green vegetables,  raw fruits and bean dishes included in the menus than ever before.  Of course you’ll also find all natural herbs and spices as well as citrus marinades to add flavor to chicken, fish or other light and lean meats.

Vegetarian soul food is also a new kid on the block that’s appealing to the young, hip (and young at heart) and health conscious crowd. These meat-less southern inspired dishes continues to win new fans, the evidence is the large numbers of books published and new restaurant openings.  There’s even talk of many of these restaurants planning to franchise in the near future.

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Tradional Scottish Fish and Chips in Batter With Mushy Peas [Authentic Scottish Recipe]

This is an incredible authentic recipe using Haddock for Scottish Fish and Chips in Batter.

Visitors to Scotland have often heard of the traditional fish and chips in batter, and wonder where they can buy this. Fish and Chips shops (or ‘Chippies’) are in every town and many villages up and down the country. Some simply serve ‘Take Away’ food, while others include a restaurant. Many claim they have their own secret ingredient, which makes their food better than the next shop.

Fish and Chips are also famous in England. The difference is that in Scotland, the ‘Fish Supper’ as it known, is made with Haddock, while in England it was traditionally made with cod.

The chips are made with good ‘floury’ potatoes such as Golden Wonder. They are often served with ‘mushy peas’, made from dried marrow fat peas.

It’s not exactly the best food to eat while on a calorie-controlled diet or weight watching. However, many people who have enjoyed this while visiting Scotland are unable to buy it in their own countries. This recipe means it can be made at home.

Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter
Served with Mushy Peas

Ingredients

The Peas

10oz / 300 grams dried marrow fat peas

Malt Vinegar (enough to moisten peas)

Salt

The Batter

Self-raising flour

Sparkling mineral water (some people prefer to add beer or ale)

Malt vinegar

Pinch of Salt

4 fresh haddock fillets (frozen can be used too)

4 or 5 floury potatoes (depending on your appetite)

Method

Soak the peas overnight.

The following morning, cover and oil then for about 1 hour or until tender.

Drain most of the water, keeping a bit to keep them moist.

Add vinegar and salt to taste.

Peel and cut potatoes into chips.

Parboil for approximately 5 minutes.

Drain and place on kitchen roll to get rid of moisture.

Sieve flour and salt in bowl.

Make well in centre, add the fizzy (sparking) water or beer.

Whisk until the batter is smooth and creamy and shows bubbles on top.

Add 2 tablespoons vinegar, which helps the batter to crisp.

Heat some oil in a deep fat fryer.

Test temperature by dropping in a tiny amount of batter (it should quickly turn golden and crisp).

Preheat your oven to high.

Dry the haddock on kitchen roll, then dip and coat it completely with the batter.

Place in fryer and cook for 5 – 10 minutes depending on size of fish.

Ensure it does not become too brown.

Remove from fat, and drain on kitchen roll.

Keep warm in the oven, until the remainder has been cooked.

Cook the chips in the oil as normal.

May Cropley lives in the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland. She is passionate not only about the place, but also the history, the people, the food, the music and art, poetry, the culture and all things Scottish. All of this, and the Home of Golf at St Andrews are featured on her website. Visitors to the website Scotland’s Enchanting Kingdom can contribute Scottish Recipes and Scottish poems.

Fish Dishes for a Varied Family Diet

To know how to prepare a wide assortment of delicious fish dishes during Lent is a feather in the housewife’s cap. But such knowledge also will serve her in good stead in varying the family diet the year round.

This is particularly true in the present national emergency when serving fish often not only helps keep down family food bills but will prove an aid to the nation in the conservation of other food.

The surrounding the U.S. and its inland waters are the richest reservoir of fish the world knows. Fish is a protective food and good for you, whether the fresh, canned or quick-frozen kind is used.

Here are 2 economical and savory ways of serving Haddock:

Baked Haddock With Dressing [Recipe]

  • 1.5 lbs. fillet of haddock
  • 1.5 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1.5 cup fine bread crumbs

Cooking Directions:

  • Place fillets in buttered shallow baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Saute onion and mushrooms in butter 5 minutes.
  • Add parsley, salt, pepper, water and bread crumbs and mix thoroughly.
  • Spread over fish. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees F.) 35 to 45 minutes, or until fish is done and crumbs are browned.
  • Serves 4.
  • Strips of bacon may be placed on top of dressing before baking.

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Baked Haddock With Savory Fish Stuffing [Recipe]

1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon onion juice
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped celery
1/4 cup cooking oil or melted butter
I tablespoon milk
4 to 5 lbs, haddock, whole

Cooking Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients for stuffing.
  • This is a crumby delicate dressing, particularly suitable for fish.
  • Stuff fish, skewer with toothpicks and bake in hot even (400 degrees F.) 15 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to moderate (350 degrees F.) allowing 50 minutes for fish weighing 5 pounds.
  • Baste fish frequently with mixture of 2 parts oil, 1 part water, salt and pepper.

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The Foodies’ map of Britain

The foodies’ map of Britain
Just last February, Yorkshire’s forced rhubarb became the 41st British product to join the likes of champagne and Parmesan on the coveted European ‘A’ list for food.

We have a long way to go to catch up with our brethren across the pond, namely the French and Italians, who between them have more than 300 goodies on the list. But it’s not bad going for a nation that is still pulling itself out of …

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Ready steady yawn

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Quick and Easy Fish Recipes

If you are looking for the ultimate in convenience foods, which are high in nutrition and quick and easy to make there are a wide variety of mouth watering recipes available in cookery books or online to choose from.

Looking for recipes online is becoming the quickest and easiest way to find the latest dishes created by chefs from around the world. The world is quite literally your oyster when it comes to finding a recipe for cooking a particular type of fish. Be inspired and amaze your family and friends with a delicious fish dish for starters, dinner or supper with the help from the experts online. Follow step by step recipes by using a pod cast to make life even simpler. Cooking fish has never been so easy!

Starters:

One of the most popular dinner party starters in the 1970s was to serve a prawn cocktail. TV programmes and sit-coms regularly included a prawn cocktail to start a meal, this was quickly adopted by people who wanted to be fashionable and trendy. This quick and easy starter has seen a huge revival in more recent years with the introduction of alternative variations from recipes around the world. Adding avocado and mango lifts this dish from the mundane into a whole new exciting eating experience- a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce and freshly squeezed lime brings the humble prawn cocktail right into the 21st century with real style. Buy frozen ready peeled prawns to make the process even faster.

Succulent tiger prawns combined with mango, caramelised apples with a pomegranate dressing is a simple yet stunning way to start a dinner with an exotic touch and taste.

For an even quicker starter, butterfly cut langoustines pan fried with garlic butter can be cooked and served in ten minutes. This dish is a great way to start a meal with a hot dish in both the summer and winter months.

Dinners:

In just over half an hour delicious fish and seafood dinners can be cooked and served. Turn an old favourite such as smoked haddock into a nutritious meal by serving on a bed of mashed sweet potato with a couple of tablespoons of chilled pesto sauce drizzled around the edges. Keep with the traditional accompaniment to smoked haddock by placing a poached egg on top. This quick and easy method of serving smoked haddock provides a nutritious meal packed full of protein which can be cooked in only half an hour. If you are not keen on smoked haddock this dish works equally as well with un-smoked haddock fillets.

Conjure up a quick and easy dinner by using Atlantic salmon with new baby potatoes and cherry tomatoes. This really is a very quick and easy recipe which even novice cooks can prepare. By following the step by step preparation and cooking methods a healthy dinner dish to amaze family and friends can be created in no time at all.

Buying fish which has been pre-prepared takes all the stress and hassle out of cooking with fish. Let the experts fillet and de-bone the fish all you have to do is choose which delicious fish recipes to use to make quick and easy dinners.

Youngs Sea Food offer a wide range of fish recipes.

Smoked haddock cooked by Simon Blunt from haha bar and grill

Simon Blunt, head development chef from haha bar and grill shows you how to cook Smoked haddock served with buttery Maris Piper champ mashed potato, wilted spinach and a white wine & chive cream sauce.