Archive for the 'Seafood' Category

Tip #12: How to keep a fish grilled in a wire cooker from sticking.

We grill a lot. Something like 200 days a year. All through the winter in Michigan. I just shovel a path through the snow to the grill and fire it up.
We love to grill salmon and rainbow trout. Really just about anything that swims.
I have a 30-year-old wire fish cooker that works great. However, I have had to fix some of the welds after years of abuse on the grill.
But, how do you keep your wire fish basket from sticking to the wire?
Simple: Spray the top and bottom sections of the inside of the wire basket with non-stick vegetable cooking spray.
But where?
You’ll make a mess in the sink because the wire basket does not fit in the sink.
Paper on the floor? NO! (so said my wife).
Outside? Maybe, but on the grass?
Here’s the solution: Open your wire basket fish cooker and place it on the open door of your dishwasher (see photo) and spray away.
Neat, clean and no more sticking fish.
Works for asparagus, too!


Paella in a Wok

Adapted from Taste by David Rosengarten

Serves 6 as a main course

Paella (IPA: [pa’eʎa]) is a Spanish dish usually cooked outside over a hot fire in a large shallow paella pan. For years I avoided this dish because of the special equipment needed.
Then about 10 years ago I ran into this recipe in David Rosengarten’s book Taste. I tried it and my family and I were hooked.
What makes this recipe so special that you make it on the stove top in a large wok. I have made a few changes to the original recipe. For example, I left out the snails. If you like snails, add in about 12 large snails with the shrimp.
Also, I have added mussels to the mix. Find the recipe for Mussels in Beer here. I fix the mussels in a separate Dutch oven and add a few to the dish at the end and server the remainder on the side.
This dish takes some work but it is well worth it. The presentation is wonderful and the taste is out of this world.

Recipe follows.

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Mussels in Beer

Adapted from a recipe at

Serves 4

I just love mussels. My family? Not so much.
But, whenever we are having a seafood dinner involving many different kinds of seafood, I usually can sneak in some mussels. This is a very easy recipe and the flavors the beer adds to the mussels are amazing.
I also use this recipe when I make paella and I will post that recipe later.

Recipe follows.

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Low Land Shrimp and Sausage Boil

Low Land Shrimp and Sausage Boil
Adapted from the Old Bay Seasoning Website
Serves 8 to 10

This is a great dish for a group.  It’s easy to prepare and uses just one pot.  It’s fun and easy to do.  Shrimp, smoked sausage, potatoes, carrots, corn and onions go perfectly together.  Be sure to see the notes at the end to make your life a little easier.

Recipe follows.

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