seafood en-US How to Buy and Prepare Fresh Fish <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-buy-and-prepare-fresh-fish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="fish" title="fish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many people there may be nothing more intimidating at the supermarket than the fresh fish counter. All those whole fish on ice lying alongside all those fillets and steaks &mdash; who knows where to start? How can you even tell if it's fresh? (See also: <a href="">Sustainable Seafood Choices</a>)</p> <p>This is very unfortunate, because fish is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and fresh fish, if done well, is so delicious. But the truth is, identifying fresh, good quality fish is actually pretty easy, once you know what to look for. And proper storage and preparation is easy, too.</p> <p>So, first things first. How do you tell if your fish is really fresh?</p> <h2>Visit a Real Fish Market</h2> <p>I am a fan of fish markets. At a fish market, this is what they <em>do</em>. I like to talk to someone who <em>knows</em> the about the fish, how to prepare it, and whether I am really getting a good deal. I think if you build a rapport with a good fishmonger, they will steer you in the right direction in order to get your repeat business. (See also: <a href="">Produce Worker's Guide to Choosing Fruits and Veggies</a>)</p> <h2>Shop Carefully at Your Supermarket</h2> <p>This is not to say that if you do not have a separate fish market in your town, you are out of luck. Many grocery stores now have specialized fish counters, and the employees there are trained in how to handle fish.</p> <h3>Take the Sniff Test</h3> <p>I would never try to buy fish while I had a cold! You need to be able to smell it &mdash; or, rather, NOT smell it. Just pick that package up, and give it a sniff. Do you smell the fish? If it is an ocean fish, it should smell like the ocean. Freshwater fish shouldn't really smell like much of anything. If it smells really &quot;fishy,&quot; odds are, it's not very fresh.</p> <h3>Poke It</h3> <p>Boing! Through the plastic, or using a food handler's glove, see if that flesh springs back if you push on it. It should.</p> <h3>Look for Clear Eyes</h3> <p>If you are buying a whole fish, check the eyes. They should be clear. Cloudy eyes mean old fish.</p> <h3>Inspect Gills and Scales</h3> <p>Two more places to check, if you are buying a whole fish: The gills and the scales. Scales should not be loose, and the gills should be clear red.</p> <h3>Where's That Fish From?</h3> <p>Where did the fish come from? If it isn't on the package, I'd ask. You want to be certain your fish was caught, or farmed, using safe practices. <a href="">Seafood Watch</a> provides handy recommendations about safe and sustainable seafood, and even has an &quot;app&quot; so you can check while shopping.</p> <h3>Keeping It Fresh at Home</h3> <p>How do you store fresh fish? Hopefully, you won't have to store it for more than two days. If you must store it, make sure you keep it in the coldest part of your refrigerator.</p> <h2>Save by Buying Whole</h2> <p>Wise Bread readers, I know, look for the most economical ways to obtain the best product. Sometimes, whole fish are much less expensive per pound (and you may be able, in some locations, to obtain them right off the dock for even less). Are you intimidated by the thought of cutting up a whole fish? Don't be; <a href="">it's easy</a>. (See also: <a href="">One Chicken, One Week of Dinners</a>)</p> <h2>Now, Cooking With It</h2> <p>Now that you have your fish, what do you do with it? Here are some of my favorites. (See also: <a href="">How to Prepare Affordable White Fish</a>)</p> <h3>&quot;Camping&quot; Trout</h3> <p>This is my husband's method. Clean fish, rinse, and drain slightly on paper towels. Beat one egg in a bowl. Put about a cup of cornmeal on a plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dip trout in beaten egg and then in cornmeal. Flip fish so that both sides are coated in cornmeal. Heat skillet and add oil. When oil is hot, but not smoking, place the trout in pan. When golden brown, turn and fry other side. Serve with bacon, hash browns, and coffee.</p> <h3>Grilled Salmon</h3> <p>Fresh salmon, <a href="">on the grill</a>, is fantastic.</p> <h3>Simple Sole</h3> <p>When I was growing up, my mother did the fish-on-Fridays thing. She <a href="">favored fresh sole</a>, very simply prepared.</p> <h3>Salted and Baked Sole</h3> <p><a href="">Sole baked in a salt crust</a> is not as simple as my mother's, but the results are wonderful, and the presentation is dramatic. You can try this with other kinds of fish, too.</p> <h3>Fish en Pappilote</h3> <p>That just means fish steamed in paper, with just a few herbs and some kind of acid like wine or lemon juice to make the steam and add flavor. Simple, and <a href="">so pretty on the plate</a>.</p> <h3>Steamed Whole</h3> <p>This is another dramatic and delicious presentation &mdash; a whole fish on the plate! Celebrity chef <a href="">Anita Lo's recipe</a> is based on the classic from Chinese cuisine, but with just a few ingredients, all of which you'll find at your supermarket.</p> <h3>Ahi Poke</h3> <p><a href="">Ahi Poke</a> is my favorite food, and this recipe couldn't be easier. Needless to say, your tuna had better be fresh for this preparation!</p> <p><em>I know it can be a little intimidating. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them in the comments, below. Happy fishing!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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This low-fat seafood treat can be added to classic dishes or be the star of its own entree. So get thee to your local grocery store and buy some canned clams and experiment with these 20 delicious recipes for this unique and tasty protein! (See also: </span><a href="">70 Delicious Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">1. Paella</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Whether you&#39;re going for an </span><a href="">all-out Paella</a> or a scaled down version, you can utilize canned clams to cut the cost but not the flavor. The clam&#39;s natural acidity is well-preserved in canned form, so don&#39;t feel like you are cheating anyone out of great paella if you use some canned clams.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">2. Pizza</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Yes, I give you permission to put canned clams on your pizza&hellip; in fact, I encourage it! Either white or red sauces work great with the addition of clams, though in both cases, I&#39;d encourage you to keep your pizza simple. For red sauce, stick to veggies or cheese, and for white sauce, you might want to go just clams, clams and mushrooms, or clams and peppers. This </span><a href="">white pizza with clams recipe</a> from Eating Well is a particularly good recipe to start off with.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">3. Ceviche</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">A classic made simple. This </span><a href="">simple ceviche recipe</a> uses canned baby clams, everyday seasonings, and fresh scallions to create a very sophisticated dish without much prep or money. Serve over lettuce or with a delicious, crusty piece of bread. Yum!</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">4. Cream Cheese Won Tons</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Won Tons are great, but you can make them even better (and more sophisticated!) by adding some canned clams for a better texture and heartier flavor. This </span><a href="">cream cheese won ton recipe</a> also uses water chestnuts, though they are optional if you want to keep the texture more smooth than chunky.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">5. Clam Chowder</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">A creamy clam chowder is a great way to artfully use those canned clams. It&#39;s hard to mess chowder up, so if you&#39;re new to chowders and cooking with clams, </span><a href=";evt19=1">this recipe</a> could be a great fit for you. It also incorporates cheese and bacon for some added depth of flavor.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">6. Cold Clam Salad</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">A great dish for a day at the beach, you can substitute canned clams for fresh ones in a cold clam salad and still have a lovely, light summer plate. This </span><a href="">cold clam salad recipe</a> uses crab legs, too, but you can also use imitation crab.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">7. Alfredo Sauce</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Canned clams work great in a cream base (the clam chowder is a case in point), so take your Alfredo sauce to the next level by adding some clams into the mix. This </span><a href="">white clam sauce recipe</a> is simple and flavorful.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">8. Stuffed Mushrooms</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">This recipe for </span><a href="">stuffed mushrooms</a> uses canned clams expertly, allowing the earthiness of the mushroom and the saltiness of the clam to complement each other. You may, however, want to cut some of the butter if you&#39;re trying to make a healthier version, and &nbsp;you can skip the dry white wine if you prefer. (See also: <a href="">6 Simple Seafood Appetizers</a>)</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">9. Rice and Clams</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Rice, stir-fried with clams, tomatoes, white wine, and garlic showcases the nice texture and salty finish of the clams without putting you out a lot of cash. In </span><a href="">this rice and clam recipe</a>, the wine and chicken bouillon are keys to flavor.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">10. Clam Dip</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Spinach dip, salsa, guacamole&hellip;party dips can seem a little played out. Distinguish yourself at a party by trying out this </span><a href="">hot clam dip</a>, which is hearty and a change from your average party fare.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">11. Clam Mousse</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Take your clams into retro culinary territory with a nice </span><a href="">clam mousse</a>! Ideal for &quot;Mad Men&quot; parties or any adventurous occasion, this mousse is light and flavorful and can be eaten in slices or with your favorite cracker. (See also: <a href="">10 Frugal, Classy Appetizers</a>)</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">12. Clam Fritters</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">These </span><a href="">clam fritters</a> are a huge hit at parties. The recipe might be a little ambitious for some, but the payoff is tasty, light-yet-satisfying fritters. Up the wow factor by pairing the fritters with some dill creme fraiche, fresh limes, and hot sauce.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">13. Ramekin Baked Clams</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Try </span><a href="">chopped baked clams</a> served in ramekins for a baked clam experience in elegance and daintiness not often present in a dip. Of course, you can lose the ramekins if you want to make a bigger batch!</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">14. Clam and Corn Souffle</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Canned clams with fresh corn is an excellent pairing, putting notes of sweet and salty together for a great entr&eacute;e or side. This </span><a href="">clam and corn souffle</a> adds a component of creaminess to the clam/corn flavor profile.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">15. Seafood Casserole</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Sick of everyday casseroles, but don&#39;t have a ton of money to experiment? Incorporate canned clams!;s </span><a href="">clam and noodle casserole</a> takes traditional casserole ingredients (like potato chips, noodles, and mushroom soup) and makes a lovely seafood casserole that is filling and flavorful.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">16. Seafood Cioppino</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">This ornate, flavorful seafood dish can put you out some cash, so it&#39;s completely OK (and encouraged) to substitute canned clams for fresh ones. </span><a href="">This recipe</a> uses lots of fresh seafood with canned clams and tomatoes, so you can enjoy a nice meal without breaking the bank.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">17. Thai Stir-Fry</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Canned clams are a creative way to get some extra protein into a Thai stir fry, especially one that might need a little salt to cut the sweet. </span><a href="">This stir-fry recipe</a> uses lots of authentic Thai ingredients and seafood for the perfect Thai bite. Substitute their seafood for your canned clams, and you can cut the cost of this dish down by quite a bit!</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">18. Spaghetti</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Take the traditional buttered spaghetti noodle and make it even more satisfying by adding clams in their juice to the spaghetti recipe. Mom&#39;s Kitchen Handbook has a particularly delicious and simple </span><a href="">clams and spaghetti recipe</a> that will appeal to picky eaters and pasta connoisseurs alike.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">19. Sailor Clams</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">A traditional Spanish take on clam soup, this spicy dish showcases the clam&#39;s luscious texture. Try this popular </span><a href="">AllRecipes Sailor Clams recipe</a>, or improvise with meat-based bouillon, spices, and wine.</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">20. Cheese Clam Rolls</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">This dish will seem expensive and taste amazing. </span><a href="">Cheese clam rolls</a> are a great, no-fuss appetizer or can complete a buffet spread at a small party. You can add more or less cheese to taste.</p> <p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d2fc962-25ab-4f58-8763-3f28d71a0fa2">Inspired yet? Tell us any great canned clam recipes that should make the list!</span></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But unless you&#39;re going for fresh, gigantic prawns, shrimp can actually be surprisingly affordable. Look for sales and buy-one, get-one deals for packages of frozen shrimp. Often, the expensive shrimp you see in the seafood case has been previously frozen and defrosted anyway. You may also want to buy medium-sized shrimp rather than jumbo shrimp &mdash; you&#39;ll get much more by weight for your money. Buy raw, frozen, de-veined shrimp with the shells on &mdash; they are relatively convenient to shell, but taste much fresher than pre-cooked shrimp. (See also: <a href="">6 Simple Seafood Appetizers</a>)</p> <p>Often, you can find bargain prices for shrimp at ethnic supermarkets. (Although be aware of the origin. Recent reports say that many Thai <a href="">shrimp producers use forced labor</a>.)</p> <p>When responsibly farmed, shrimp can be a great source of protein and antioxidants. To make the best purchases for your health and for the planet, check out the <a href="">Monterey Bay Aquarium&#39;s guide</a> to buying sustainably-farmed and responsibly-caught shrimp. (See also: <a href="">Affordable, Sustainable Seafood Choices</a>)</p> <p>Shrimp is easy to cook. You know it&#39;s done when it curls up and turns pink. Here are some great recipes to try it in.</p> <h2>1. Shrimp and Grits</h2> <p>Succulent shrimp brightened up with butter, parsley, cheese, and creamy grits? Sign me up! Although shrimp is the highlight in this <a href="">one-dish meal</a>, the rest of the ingredients are very affordable. Add a salad for extra vegetables.</p> <h2>2. Seafood and Chicken Paella</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>You can make your shrimp go further by adding chicken and rice in this scrumptious, spiced Spanish dish. In this <a href="">easy version from Martha Stewart</a>, shrimp, chicken sausage, and rice are simmered together with tomatoes, peas, broth and spices.</p> <h2>3. Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry</h2> <p>A balanced meal in one pan, a <a href="">shrimp and broccoli stir-fry</a> is healthy and quick to throw together for a mid-week meal. I started making this dish in college because it was so fast and easy. Add steamed rice or quinoa to soak up the sweet and savory sauce. (See also: <a href="">15 Ways to Prepare Frozen Broccoli</a>)</p> <h2>4. Shrimp Pasta</h2> <p>Shrimp adds a great shot of healthy protein to a pasta dish. I love to pan-fry some shrimp with a dollop of jarred pesto and toss it with cooked spaghetti and a side of roasted asparagus. Alternatively, add shrimp to a <a href="">spicy pasta puttanesca</a> instead of traditional anchovies.</p> <h2>5. Shrimp Kabobs</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:302px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Thread shrimp on a skewer with cherry tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, and halved mushrooms. Brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill. Remember, shrimp cooks quickly, so slice the vegetables quite small (or blanch them in boiling water ahead of time).</p> <h2>6. Shrimp Tacos</h2> <p>I love this variation on Baja fish tacos. Pan-fry the shrimp with your favorite taco seasoning (or <a href="">make your own</a>). Serve in warm tortillas with chopped cabbage, salsa, queso fresco, and your choice of condiments (guacamole, salsa, yogurt or sour cream, lime juice).</p> <h2>7. Buttery Shrimp and Peppers</h2> <p>Sweet bell peppers go so well with buttery shrimp. Cut 2 red, orange, or yellow bell peppers into thin slices. Saute the shrimp in a pan with olive oil, chopped garlic, and a dash of salt and pepper. Set aside. Saute the sliced bell peppers in the same pan with some olive oil and chopped garlic. When they are crisp-tender, add the shrimp, a tablespoon of butter, and a handful of chopped parsley. Toss together until everything is hot and coated with butter.</p> <h2>8. Shrimp Pad Thai</h2> <p>A few shrimp go a long way in this <a href="">sweet and sour Thai noodle dish</a>. Inexpensive rice noodles can be found at Asian markets or large grocery stores and are easy to cook &mdash; just soak them in hot water until they&#39;re pliable. Cilantro and bean sprouts add freshness.</p> <h2>9. Shrimp, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad</h2> <p>Shrimp and watermelon might be a surprising combination, but this <a href="">colorful salad</a> looks healthy and delicious. This salad could be a complete main course meal in one dish.</p> <h2>10. Shrimp Burgers</h2> <p>You know what&#39;s NOT frugal? Lobster rolls. <a href="">Shrimp burgers</a> provide a delicious and more affordable alternative. Since the shrimp will be chopped into small pieces, feel free to use more affordable medium shrimp instead of large.</p> <h2>11. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail</h2> <p>In this <a href="">Mexican shrimp cocktail</a>, cooked shrimp are mixed with chopped avocado, red onion, and garlic, and smothered in a spicy tomato sauce. It&#39;s like a Bloody Mary with shrimp. (See also: <a href="">20 Two-Ingredient Cocktails</a>)</p> <h2>12. Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp</h2> <p>Wrap pre-cooked shrimp with slices of bacon and broil for 5-7 minutes until the bacon is cooked for a fast and unfussy appetizer.</p> <h2>13. Shrimp Ceviche</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Shrimp take the place of traditional fish in this <a href="">light, cool, shrimp salad</a>. Lightly cooked shrimp are marinated in lime juice and mixed with cucumbers, avocado, and red onion. For a refreshing appetizer, serve the ceviche with tortilla chips or in lettuce cups.</p> <h2>14. Shrimp Dip</h2> <p>Here, you have permission to use those small, pre-cooked salad shrimp to make this spicy and cheesy <a href="">buffalo shrimp dip</a>.</p> <h2>15. Shrimp Gumbo</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="">spicy and savory shrimp gumbo</a> feeds a crowd! Two pounds of shrimp provide dinner for 11, so halve the recipe if you&#39;re just cooking for a few. Creamy rice, savory shrimp, and tender vegetables make this a Cajun comfort dish.</p> <h2>16. Kung Pao Shrimp</h2> <p><a href="">Kung Pao shrimp</a> is one of my favorite dishes on restaurant menus, but unfortunately it also tends to be the priciest. Make it at home to enjoy this Chinese classic without the expense!</p> <h2>17. Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables With Pearl Couscous</h2> <p><a href="">Grilled vegetables hold their own</a> with grilled shrimp in this dish, and the toasted pearl couscous provides a twist on a traditional pasta salad.</p> <h2>18. Shrimp Bisque</h2> <p>I&#39;m a sucker for a good seafood bisque. This creamy and silky <a href="">shrimp bisque</a> uses the shells of the shrimp to make a flavorful stock, making your shrimp go even further.</p> <h2>19. Shrimp Laksa</h2> <p><a href="">Shrimp laksa</a> is a spicy seafood-based noodle soup popular in Southeast Asia. Laksa paste makes it fast and easy to prepare and can be found at Asian supermarkets. If you can&#39;t find the paste, make your own using <a href="">Food and Wine&#39;s recipe</a>.</p> <h2>20. Shrimp Fried Rice</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Pretty much any protein goes well with fried rice. You can substitute any vegetables you like in this <a href="">shrimp fried rice recipe</a>, so use up whatever&#39;s in your fridge along with with leftover rice.</p> <h2>21. Mee Goreng (Shrimp Fried Noodles)</h2> <p><a href="">Mee goreng</a>, a Southeast Asian take on shrimp fried noodles, quickly became one of my favorite dishes when I was traveling in Malaysia. This recipe uses fresh egg noodles, but you can substitute spaghetti in a pinch.</p> <h2>22. Shrimp Frittata</h2> <p>Much like fried rice, anything goes in a frittata! Saute seasoned shrimp and chopped vegetables until cooked. Beat 6-8 eggs and pour them into a hot, oiled, ovenproof skillet and add your shrimp and vegetables (try to disperse them evenly). When the egg starts to set, finish cooking the frittata under the broiler.</p> <h2>23. Shrimp Scampi</h2> <p><a href="">Shrimp scampi</a> is one of those dishes that is so elegant, it&#39;s almost unbelievable how easy it is to make. Cook this dish for a dinner date and serve it over linguine -- it&#39;s sure to impress.</p> <h2>24. Shrimp Risotto</h2> <p>Risotto has a reputation for being fussy and labor-intensive, but it&#39;s really not that bad, as long as you remember to stir it once in a while. This <a href="">shrimp risotto</a> adds spinach and basil to the mix for a healthy and filling meal.</p> <h2>25. Shrimp Summer Rolls</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>A healthier alternative to spring rolls, these <a href="">shrimp summer rolls</a> use fresh vegetables and instead of being fried, they are rolled in a moist rice paper wrapper.</p> <h2>26. Shrimp and Kimchi Quesadillas</h2> <p>You know what&#39;s delicious in a quesadilla? Smoky grilled shrimp; spicy, funky kimchi; and savory Cheddar cheese. Don&#39;t believe me? Try it.</p> <h2>27. Shrimp and Pork Potstickers</h2> <p>No need to go out for dim sum &mdash; you can make <a href="">shrimp dumplings</a> yourself! Minced shrimp and pork make a delectable filling, and if you&#39;re feeling adventurous, you can even make the dumpling skins yourself using <a href="">this recipe</a>. If not, pre-bought wonton or dumpling skins are easy to use.</p> <h2>28. Shrimp and Greens</h2> <p>Throw some cooked shrimp on top of any salad (I like field greens with chopped green apple and glazed walnuts) for an extra shot of protein (and a break from ubiquitous grilled chicken breasts).</p> <h2>29. Shrimp Orzo</h2> <p>Orzo is one of my favorite pastas &mdash; it&#39;s so small that it absorbs lots of flavor. This <a href="">shrimp orzo</a> is cooked all in one pan with tomatoes and garlic, perfect for a weeknight meal.</p> <h2>30. Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms</h2> <p>Once in a while, I like to dabble in gluten-free or Paleo cooking. This dim sum inspired appetizer, <a href="">shrimp-stuffed mushrooms</a>, uses mushroom caps instead of dumpling skins to hold the succulent shrimp filling. (See also: <a href="">Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>31. Shrimp and Broccoli Tempura</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p><a href="">Tempura shrimp</a> is one of my favorites at Japanese restaurants, so I always get excited when I can make a version at home. Lightly battered shrimp and broccoli are deep-fried and served over soba noodles. Shallow-fry the tempura in batches instead of deep-frying to save some oil.</p> <h2>32. Coconut Shrimp</h2> <p><a href="">Coconut shrimp</a> is a classic appetizer. Make your own and impress your guests at your next party! This version is baked instead of fried, making it healthier and easier for the home cook.</p> <h2>33. Shrimp Salad</h2> <p>In this <a href="">shrimp salad</a>, the shrimp form the basis of the salad along with mayo, onion, celery, and mustard. Serve the salad as-is, in a lettuce cup, or in a sandwich.</p> <h2>34. Shrimp Po&#39;Boys</h2> <p>Battered fried <a href="">shrimp in a sandwich</a> with luscious remoulade sauce. Does a sandwich get any better than this?</p> <h2>35. Popcorn Shrimp</h2> <p>Another version of battered shrimp, <a href="">crispy popcorn shrimp</a> is perfect for an appetizer or party. Try to restrain yourself from eating the whole dish in one sitting.</p> <h2>36. Cajun Shrimp Casserole</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Cajun flavorings jazz up this hearty, cheesy, <a href="">shrimp and rice casserole</a>. If you can&#39;t find cream of shrimp soup, substitute a can of cream of mushroom.</p> <h2>37. Fisherman&#39;s Stew</h2> <p>Use budget-friendly tilapia along with shrimp in this <a href="">hearty fish stew</a>. The spicy tomato base has lots of healthy veggies. Just add some crusty bread to sop up the broth.</p> <h2>38. Shrimp Curry With Coconut Rice</h2> <p><a href="">Aromatic curry</a> is a great way to spice up succulent shrimp, especially when paired with fragrant coconut rice.</p> <h2>39. Shrimp and Avocado Rice Bowl</h2> <p>This <a href="">quick-cooking rice bowl</a> can be done in 15 minutes for a weeknight meal with healthy avocado, edamame, shrimp, and egg seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil.</p> <h2>40. Honey Walnut Shrimp</h2> <p>Another Chinese takeout classic, <a href="">honey walnut shrimp</a> is usually pricey in restaurants but much more affordable to make yourself. This recipe provides a method to make your own candied walnuts, but you can buy them premade to save time.</p> <h2>41. Golden Seafood Chowder</h2> <p>Unlike less frugal seafood chowders (which commonly include expensive ingredients such as lobster) this <a href="">golden seafood chowder</a> is simply made with shrimp and canned crab meat, making it much more affordable.</p> <h2>42. Shrimp Burritos</h2> <p>I love a good shrimp burrito stuffed with <a href="">Mexican rice</a>, black beans, guacamole, cilantro, and succulent shrimp. It&#39;s the perfect meal to take on the go too.</p> <h2>43. Shrimp Fajitas</h2> <p>If you&#39;re not a fan of rice and beans, stuff your tortillas with spicy shrimp and sauteed peppers and onions for a quick and easy meal of <a href="">shrimp fajitas</a>.</p> <h2>44. Shrimp Egg Rolls</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>I love this recipe for shrimp egg rolls &mdash; the egg rolls are golden and crisp, but they are baked, not fried, making it easy for those who don&#39;t like deep-frying. The secret is to spray the rolls with cooking spray before putting them in the oven.</p> <h2>45. Seafood Lasagna</h2> <p><a href="">Seafood lasagna</a> is an interesting twist on lasagna that you don&#39;t see too often. This recipe calls for a pound of seafood, so you can tweak it to be more frugal, using smaller shrimp and canned crab instead of scallops if you like.</p> <h2>46. Shrimp and Ricotta Phyllo Turnovers</h2> <p>Phyllo dough forms the shell for these delicious little <a href="">shrimp appetizers</a>. If you don&#39;t want to use phyllo, frugal-friendly wonton wrappers can work in a pinch.</p> <h2>47. Peruvian Shrimp and Potato Chowder</h2> <p>This delicious Peruvian shrimp chowder, <a href="">chupe de camarones</a>, uses shrimp, potatoes, and an assortment of savory spices to create a masterpiece that is a favorite in Peru. Look for the chili pastes in Latin markets.</p> <h2>48. Pickled Shrimp With Toast</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>You&#39;ve had dill pickles, you&#39;ve had sweet pickles, but have you had <a href="">shrimp pickles</a>? Marinate cooked shrimp in vinegar and spices for a tangy little appetizer. Serve with toast and mayonnaise to make it feed a crowd.</p> <h2>49. Shrimp Cocktail</h2> <p>Sure, you can buy rings of frozen cocktail shrimp for cheap and serve them with bottled cocktail sauce, but why not take it a step further by <a href="">cooking the shrimp yourself</a> and serving them with a horseradish-spiked <em>Marie Rose</em> sauce?</p> <h2>50. Grilled Shrimp and Quinoa Salad</h2> <p>Protein-rich chickpeas and quinoa join smoky barbecued shrimp in this filling <a href="">shrimp and quinoa salad</a>, which is perfect for a main course. If quinoa&#39;s not your thing, try cooked orzo or couscous instead.</p> <h2>51. Shrimp and Sweet Potato Cakes</h2> <p>These <a href="">crisp golden cakes</a> made of chopped shrimp and mashed sweet potatoes look positively to die for. (See also: <a href="">71 Sweet Potato Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>52. Scandinavian Shrimp Sandwiches</h2> <p>Make a party platter of open-faced Scandinavian style sandwiches, including <a href="">shrimp sandwiches</a> made of cooked shrimp, mayo, and lemon on bread.</p> <h2>53. Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers</h2> <p>A Hawaiian favorite, <a href="">shrimp and pineapple</a> are skewered and grilled together with a sweet and sour glaze.</p> <h2>54. Cuban Shrimp in Tomato Sauce</h2> <p>In this favorite <a href="">Cuban shrimp dish</a>, succulent shrimp are cooked in a spicy, tangy, tomato-based sauce. Serve it over white rice with a side of avocado salad to make the shrimp go further.</p> <h2>55. Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa</h2> <p><a href="">Garlic shrimp</a> are a classic tapa (small dish) in Spain, and this little appetizer is easy to prepare by sauteing shrimp with smoked paprika, red pepper, sherry, and, of course, plenty of garlic.</p> <h2>56. Cantonese Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp</h2> <p>This simple but unique dish is one of my favorites &mdash; <a href="">shrimp are deep-fried</a> with the shells on to form a crisp, crunchy exterior and a succulent interior, spiced up with a salt and pepper mix.</p> <h2>57. Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp</h2> <p>These shrimp are smothered in a <a href="">sweet and sour sauce</a> made of orange juice and spices &mdash; serve them as appetizers or keep them all to yourself as a main course.</p> <h2>58. New Orleans Shrimp Boil</h2> <p>A <a href="">classic shrimp boil</a> easily serves a crowd. Shrimp, corn, and potatoes are cooked in a spicy, flavorful broth and served with plenty of butter.</p> <h2>59. Firecracker Shrimp With Sweet Chili Sauce</h2> <p><a href="">Firecracker shrimp</a> get their name from the fact that the shrimp are wrapped up in tubes of egg roll wrappers, much like firecrackers are wrapped in paper. The marinated wrapped shrimp are then deep fried and dipped in a spicy sweet sauce.</p> <h2>60. Shrimp Sushi Rolls</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Roll up cooked shrimp with avocado in healthy <a href="">Japanese maki rolls</a> (also known as sushi rolls). Serve with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.</p> <h2>61. Tequila Shrimp</h2> <p><a href="">Tequila gives shrimp</a> a special kick in this Mexican favorite. If you&#39;re feeling adventurous, try igniting the booze (it&#39;ll impress your friends). Otherwise, just simmer the shrimp in the tequila.</p> <h2>62. Hawaiian Shrimp Poke</h2> <p>Poke is a popular fish salad in Hawaii. In the shrimp version, the shrimp are often cooked, mixed with seasonings and left to marinate before serving cold. In this version, fresh cucumbers give the salad extra freshness.</p> <h2>63. Shrimp and Pork Meatballs</h2> <p>This Vietnamese-inspired recipe makes just &frac12; pound of minced shrimp go a long way by mixing it with ground pork to make these <a href="">flavorful meatballs</a>. Serve them wrapped in lettuce and dipped in a Vietnamese sauce.</p> <h2>64. Korean Shrimp and Scallion Pancakes</h2> <p>These <a href="">savory pancakes</a> are addictive, with the crisp pancake batter, succulent shrimp, fragrant green onions and salty dipping sauce. They&#39;re also very affordable.</p> <h2>65. Shrimp Gazpacho</h2> <p>Cooked shrimp add a little extra luxury and protein to this <a href="">refreshing cool soup</a>.</p> <h2>66. Whisky Shrimp</h2> <p>Whisky adds a boozy and smoky kick to this <a href="">shrimp appetizer</a>. Because the whisky is stirred in at the end, no flambe is necessary.</p> <h2>67. Cheaper Cioppino</h2> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Cioppino, the classic Italian-American seafood stew, often uses luxurious ingredients like scallops, crab, several kinds of fish, etc&hellip; This <a href="">cheaper version of cioppino</a> substitutes shredded crab meat, frozen fish fillets, shrimp, and mushrooms, for a more affordable, but still luscious, stew.</p> <h2>68. Spicy Broiled Shrimp</h2> <p>This <a href="">easy shrimp dish</a> is quickly thrown together by seasoning shrimp with creole seasoning, lemon, and Worcestershire sauce and cooking it under the broiler.</p> <h2>69. Shrimp Roll</h2> <p>Try this more<a href=""> frugal take on a lobster roll</a> by tossing cooked shrimp with tarragon, mayo, and lemon juice, and serving it in a hot dog bun.</p> <h2>70. Shrimp With Lemon Cream Sauce</h2> <p>This <a href="">creamy shrimp dish</a> sounds heavenly, especially when all that silky cream is soaked up with angel-hair pasta.</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite shrimp dish?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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This is a tough one for me, mostly because so much of the cheap stuff that I love to buy comes from China, and as my readers know, I really like China and would like to see the country succeed. </p> <p>However, one headline after another is screaming to me that I need to seriously consider the source of what I am buying before I buy it. At the very least, you too should consider keeping an eye out for the following:</p> <h4>Poison poissons? From <a href="">BBC</a>.</h4> <p>&quot;The FDA is not allowing the import of these Chinese farmed seafood products until the importers can prove that the seafood is free from harmful contaminants,&quot; Dr. David Acheson, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration&#39;s assistant commissioner for food protection, said during an afternoon teleconference.</p> <p>He identified the banned fish as catfish, basa (similar to catfish), shrimp, dace (similar to carp) and eel, which he said may contain chemicals that are potentially carcinogenic.</p> <h4>Want shiny teeth? Try anti-freeze. From <a href=""></a>.</h4> <p>The New York Times reported today that approximately 900,000 tubes of tainted Chinese toothpaste has shown up in prisons, juvenile detention centers and hospitals in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, including some serving the general population. </p> <h4>It&#39;s been going on for a lot longer than you think! From <a href=";type=health">SF Gate</a>.</h4> <p>&quot;The U.S. imports a lot of Chinese glycerin, and it is used in ingested products such as toothpaste,&quot; Mary Pendergast, then deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, <strong>wrote on Oct. 27, 1997</strong>. Learning how diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, ended up in Haitian fever medicine might &quot;prevent this tragedy from happening again,&quot; she wrote. </p> <p>[emphasis mine]</p> <h4>China responds. From <a href=""></a> via <a href="">Itchmo</a>.</h4> <p>Formaldehyde, illegal dyes, and industrial wax were found being used to make candy, pickles, crackers and seafood, it said, citing Han Yi, an official with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which is responsible for food safety.</p> <p>&quot;These are not isolated cases,&quot; Han, director of the administration&#39;s quality control and inspection department, was quoted as saying.</p> <h4>Getting <em>tired</em> of all the bad news from China? Ha! From <a href="">Newsinferno</a>.</h4> <p>Defective tires have been added to an ever-growing list of dangerous Chinese imports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered 450,000 tires recalled after Foreign Tire Sales, the New Jersey company that imported the tires, disclosed that they had been manufactured without a gum strip meant to keep the tread from separating. The tires, manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber, have been blamed for at least two accidents, one of which was fatal.</p> <h4>Poison toys. Good times. From <a href="">ABC News</a>.</h4> <p>China by far leads the list of countries making products that are recalled in the United States, accounting for 65 percent of all the recalled products in this country this year, according to CPSC. In 2006, China accounted for 233 product recalls -- nearly double the rate from the previous year, with lead a recurring cause among the recalls.</p> <h4>It&#39;s the attack of the killer tomato paste! In Italy! From <a href=";dc=96&amp;id=10708"></a>.</h4> <p>And, Coldiretti emphasized, among the arrivals from the Asian giant it is significant that tomato concentrate, which represents almost one third of imports (31%), has registered a record import increase of 150%. This is a particularly worrisome situation for Italy because it was unable to obtain a norm for the mandatory printing of the origins of a product on labels, thus the risk that non Italian goods will be sold as Italian made.</p> <p>Ok, well, that last one isn&#39;t so bad. Yet.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">Decked out in... dog? 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Yeah, I thought the same thing until today. Today is when <a href="">Trevor Corson</a>, author of <a href=";tag=wisbre0e1-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0060883502">The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket</a> made a <a href="">guest appearance</a> on my local radio station to dispell some commonly held myths about sushi.</p> <p>Now, I've traveled to Japan, and I've eaten at some good sushi establishments. I'm not an expert by a long shot, but I thought I knew a thing or two about raw fish (sashimi) and the rice beneath it (sushi). But alas, 'twas not the case.</p> <h3>Fresh isn't necessarily better</h3> <p>No, I don't recommend you save money by buying week-old sushi or anything. That said, I was always under the impression that the freshest sushi was the most recently deceased. Not true. Like beef and lamb, fish actually has to age slightly in order to achieve a full, rich flavor.</p> <p>The reason for this, according to Corson, is that the enzymes in fish flesh start to break down the muscle once a fish dies. And that breakdown actually creates smaller molecules that are detectable as flavorful by the human tongue.</p> <p>Corson goes into a brief but fascinating discussion of glutamate (that's the G in MSG), a flavor that is designated as the fifth &quot;taste&quot; that the human tongue can detect. The Japanese call this flavor <em><a href="">umami</a></em>, which we translate into English as <em>savory</em>. Much of Japanese cuisine's flavor comes from fermented or aged produce &mdash; soy sauce, natto, bonito flakes, and miso are all created through some practices that we, as Westerners, might consider <em>unsavory</em>.</p> <p>Fresh fish is delicious if you just caught some trout and cooked it over the campfire with some lemon and butter. But try to eat the same fresh fish raw, and you're likely to be disappointed.</p> <p>Most of the sashimi that we eat in restaurants has been <a href="">flash frozen</a> using liquid nitrogen. This process kills many of the germs and worms that can develop in fish flesh, but doesn't cause any physical deterioration of the meat.</p> <p>When you go into a fine sushi establishment and order the freshest daily fish, you aren't eating fish that was caught the same day, or even the day before. If you're eating good sushi, the fish is at least a few days old.</p> <h3>You're not supposed to use chopsticks</h3> <p>Dammit! The one skill that I can use across East Asia, and it doesn't even apply?</p> <p>Lots of sushi that we eat in American sushi establishments comes in the &quot;roll&quot; format. Traditional sushi is eaten in the nigiri format &mdash; a little polyhedron of loosely-packed, slightly sweet and tangy sushi rice topped with a thin slice of raw fish. Ever notice that the sushi sort of breaks apart when you dip it in that little bowl of soy sauce and then try to pick it back up with your chopsticks? That's because you are supposed to eat it with your hands.</p> <p>I kid you not. Traditional sushi lovers do exactly that. Corson has a guide of <a href="">how to eat sushi</a> on his web site. The sushi rice is not usually packed very tightly together, which is why it falls apart when you try to eat it with chopsticks. The method for eating sushi is more or less to hold the sushi piece like it's a computer mouse, slowly flip it over, and lightly drench one side in the nikiri sauce (soy, depending on where you are eating) provided.</p> <p>By now you've probably seen that <a href="">comedic video</a> of Japanese etiquette that pokes fun at the traditions and mannerisms that surround sushi consumption. It turns out that much of the behavior is as baffling to the Japanese as it is to Americans.</p> <p>Give the video a watch, but just note that the fact that they are eating the sushi with their hands is not meant to be a part of the joke. You're actually SUPPOSED to go in, sit at the bar, and eat with your fingers. I'm not saying you won't get some weird looks - I'm just saying that that's what the experts do.</p> <h3>The wasabi you are eating...isn't wasabi</h3> <p>Turns out that real wasabi is difficult to grow and even more difficult to properly package. So what <a href="">you eat</a> at Sushi N More is actually horseradish powder, mustard, and green food coloring.</p> <p>Also, you're not technically supposed to be drowning your sushi in soy sauce. Good restaurants provide their own <a href="">nikiri</a>, which is like a house-brewed soy sauce that the chef should use according to what he (it's almost always a he, although this is finally changing) is preparing. In fact, your raw fish should be brushed with a flavored broth that needs no additional flavoring.</p> <p>Now, if you are eating at an authentic sushi restaurant, these things matter. However, if you are at an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet, eating bricks of mealy rice with slabs of flavorless fish, then you'll be forgiven for soaking your sushi in a bucket of soy sauce and pseudo wasabi. Hey, I'm not passing judgment.</p> <h3>Traditional sushi doesn't contain tuna</h3> <p>Tuna and salmon, which are BIG sushi hits in the US, aren't traditional sushi choices because they spoil very fast. Fatty tuna, while melty and wonderful to American sushi lovers, is eschewed by the sushi snobs in Japan. Traditional sushi is technically whitefish, like halibut, snapper, or even clams and raw octopus (the Japanese sushi foodies, true to form, sometimes eat squirming live octopus - don't try this at home).</p> <p>Spicy tuna rolls, never a favorite of mine, are one of the most popular sushi options in Seattle. They are also how chefs get rid of crappy bits of tuna.</p> <p>Corson appears to be very open-minded, and avoids any judgment of those of us who occasionally get our sushi fix from crappy rice rolls at Safeway or Whole Foods. Although he lived in Japan and has eaten some of the finest sushi the world over, his fascination with sushi really stemmed from the fact that you can now get find this delicacy in small towns in Ohio.</p> <p>As someone who vacillates between wanting the best sushi available, and wanting some sushi for under $10, dammit, I really loved listening to Corson talk about this cuisine. You can buy the book, or just peruse his web site and a few others to get a feel for what sushi is really about. As with most things here at Wise Bread, it's often about quality versus quantity.</p> <p>Which doesn't mean that I won't still buy it, occasionally, at Safeway. But now that I know I can eat it with my fingers, I'll be so much more efficient.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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