• Proteins,  Seafood

    Seared Halibut

    Knowing how to expertly sear a piece of fish is a great skill to add to your cooking repertoire. While fish is expensive, it’s a terrific source of nutrients. So, find the best source you can for the freshest fish and keep an eye on sales. Halibut is a great choice to feed your family, and can often be found at a good price. Below is a template for cooking halibut, but feel free to substitute other fish. Try one of my savory marinades to amp up the flavor. Simply brush a tablespoon of marinade on each fillet before searing. Serve additional marinade on the side for an instant and delicious sauce. To…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Grilled Sesame Tuna

    Seared ahi tuna is one of those fabulous meals that exists somewhere between dreams and reality…this recipe was born from a sushi craving. I love to feed my kids as much seafood as possible, but the reality is that means frozen shrimp or seafood on sale. I saw yellowtail on sale at Wegmans last week, so I snapped it right up. My kids really like seafood, so it wasn’t hard to get them to try tuna. However, the sesame seeds are completely strange to them and I definitely got some pushback, so I adjusted accordingly. I made one of the tuna steaks sesame seed free – and everyone ate their…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Roasted Shrimp

    What’s for dinner? It’s the question we all struggle to answer on a busy weeknight. Shrimp answers that question and delivers in spades – quick, tasty, cost-effective and kids love it! I personally love any recipe I can make in the oven, it’s hands-off and I know I won’t burn anything while I’m helping my kids with their homework. Consider this less of a recipe and more of a guide, once you master this technique, you can tailor the flavor of the dish to suit your family’s preferences. Oregano Marinade Print Roasted Shrimp Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4   Try any of my marinades with this technique. If you are using…

  • Dinner,  Recipes,  Seafood,  Southern

    Shrimp & Grits

    A favorite of Jeff’s, and one of those dinners that I get excited to make AND eat! I love shrimp and grits and I know I’m biased, but I think my version is one of the best. This dinner is a great choice when you are entertaining – but don’t increase this recipe to serve more than 6…it’s fine to have to sauté the shrimp in two batches but beyond that you will feel chained to the stove, and what’s the fun in that? If you are looking for a perfect side, look no further than a salad with my Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette. My dear friend Carol from Brentwood, Tennessee,…

  • Dinner,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Parmesan Scallops

    Friday night dinner for Jeff and I, and we fell in love with this meal. I retain vivid food impressions and I can almost taste . The first time I had truly great seared scallops was at Petit Louis Bistro here in Baltimore. They arrived at the table perfectly seared on a bed of sauteed spinach, and that one meal started my scallop obsession. Jeff and I always spilt our entrees and he knows that if scallops are on the menu, that’s what I’m ordering. Always. This is a special, restaurant quality meal to make at home, maybe with one other couple or just for your family. I love making…

  • Just for Two,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Pan Seared Grouper with Chorizo and Asparagus

    Truly a one pot meal and the chorizo is a genius way to season the fish. I love to make this meal when it’s just Jeff and me. It comes together in a flash, looks beautiful on the plate, has incredible flavor…and leaves me plenty of time to enjoy my ice-cold, slightly dirty martini!     Print Pan Seared Grouper with Chorizo and Asparagus Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 2   Have all your ingredients ready to go (mise en place anyone?) before heating up your skillet, this dinner comes together quickly! Happy cooking! Ingredients 4 oz Chorizo (either thinly sliced or finely diced - I buy it already prepped) 1 tbsp Shallots,…

  • Grilling,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Grilled Lobster Tails with Prosecco Butter Sauce

    Nothing says special dinner more than lobster…and for summer the best way to do lobster in my opinion? The grill! I do not enjoy picking food apart, hence my issues with wings and crabs, so I always do tails instead of a whole lobster. Don’t forget you have an open bottle of Prosecco to enjoy!   Print Grilled Lobster Tails with Prosecco Butter Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   This is such a special dish! The lobsters are delicious but what really makes this a WOW is the prosecco butter sauce - it is out of this world! Super easy to make and so much better than plain out drawn butter.…

  • Appetizers,  Asian,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Shrimp Toast

    My fiancé Jeff loves shrimp toast, but since we only get Chinese takeout a few times of year, it’s not something we eat often – and to me it tastes so heavy and greasy anyway. I show love through cooking and had so much fun creating this recipe for him! We had a great Asian dinner, lots of little plates and a few favorite rolls from our go-to sushi place. Print Shrimp Toast Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   I love mastering restaurant recipes at home - I hope you do too! This recipe definitely requires a food processor, you can't get the paste texture without one. Have fun - I had…

  • Dinner,  Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Oven-baked Shrimp

    When you are having a fried shrimp craving make this recipe! These shrimp are super simple, healthy and delicious! This is a very simple recipe with very little seasoning. I really was trying to develop this recipe with my kids in mind and they like simple food! You could jazz the seasonings up in so many ways, let your creativity run wild! Print Oven-baked Shrimp Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   This would be a great recipe to double for leftovers or if you are serving more that 4. I made this for myself and my three children and there was not a shrimp left, so 1½ or 2 lbs is going…