I don’t make sushi often, but whenever I do, I regret not making it at home more often. Sure, my rolls aren’t beautiful or symmetric, but they’re absolutely delicious. This take on spicy tuna rolls is one of my favorites.
Soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger, for serving
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and tuna. In another small bowl, combine lettuce and green onion.
Place a piece of nori, shiny side down, on a bamboo mat wrapped in plastic wrap. Spread nori evenly with 1 cup rice, leaving a 1/2-inch border at the top. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sesame seeds over rice. Spread 1/4 of tuna mixture lengthwise down center of nori. Sprinkle 1/4 of lettuce mixture over tuna. Place 1 strip of carrot along one side of tuna mixture and 1 strip of cucumber along the other side.
Using mat to help you, roll sushi into a cylinder. Press mat around rolled sushi to seal the edges. Repeat to make three more rolls.
Place sushi on a cutting board and slice each roll into 6 pieces. Serve with wasabi, soy sauce, and ginger.
These lightly breaded herby shrimp are so versatile. Want an easy appetizer? Check. A main dish for a vaguely Mediterranean dinner? You got it. These broil fast, so pay attention.
2 pounds shrimp, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Put the olive and avocado oils in a large bowl and add the shrimp, mixing them to coat. Add the bread crumbs, garlic, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Toss the shrimp to give them an even coating of bread crumbs. Cover and let marinate for at least one hour.
Thread the shrimp onto skewers, curling them as you do so that the tail is skewered in the middle. Arrange the skewered shrimp on a baking sheet fitted with a grill.
Preheat the broiler. Place the baking sheet with the shrimp about six inches from the broiler and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until shrimp are cooked through.
Looking for a super elegant and easy appetizer? I got you. Adapted from Food & Wine, this buttery salmon is tempered with crunchy pistachios and tart lemon in a dish that comes together in minutes. Serve with sourdough toasts and you’re golden.
4 ounces skinless salmon fillet, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives or green onion
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Toasted sourdough baguette slices, for serving
Stir together salmon, pistachios, oil, chives, shallot, lemon, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Serve immediately with toasted sourdough.
It’s salmon season! Kind of. Okay, so there’s no salmon season in California this year (thanks, climate change), but you can use any wild salmon in this easy and comforting dish. Chopped water chestnuts add crunch to the filling, making these patties oh-so-easy to eat.
1/2 pound skinless salmon fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
For the marinade:
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped water chestnuts
1 egg, lightly beaten
Cornstarch for dry-coating
3/4 cup panko
3 tablespoons avocado oil
Place salmon in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add marinade ingredients. Process until mixture is smooth. Remove the salmon mixture to a bowl. Add water chestnuts and mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes.
To make each patty, take 1/4 cup salmon mixture and shape into a patty. Dip patty in egg, drain briefly, then coat with panko.
Place a wide frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add patties and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
I’ll be real with you: the first time I made this nasi lemak I told myself I wouldn’t make it again. It took too long to make! Too many components. But then I took a coconuty, eggy, cucumbery, peanuty bite, and uh, I guess this one’s a keeper. Crunchy, crispy, savory, and sweet, this Malaysian classic has it all.
3 1/2 ounces dried bird chiles or dried chiles de arbol 1 cup avocado oil 1/2 cup peanuts 2 1/2 cups small dried anchovies 2 shallots, halved 3 garlic cloves 2 Holland chiles (or similar red chile), stems removed, halved lengthwise 4 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind paste 2 cups jasmine rice 1 teaspoon salt 3 pandan leaves 1/2 cup coconut milk 4 eggs 2 Persian cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise Soy sauce, for serving
1. Chop dried chiles into 1/2-inch pieces, discarding the seeds that fall out. Place in a small bowl and pour in boiling water to cover. Let sit 30 minutes to soften, then drain.
2. Meanwhile, bring oil and peanuts to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, adjusting heat as needed, until peanuts are golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer nuts to paper towels to drain; set aside for serving. Immediately add anchovies to oil and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; let cool. Set ¼ cup oil aside.
3. Pulse shallots, garlic, and 1/4 cup fried anchovies (save remaining anchovies for serving) in a food processor until a smooth paste forms. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add dried and Holland chiles to food processor (no need to clean) and pulse until very smooth and no visible pieces of dried chile remain. Transfer chile puree to a small bowl.
4. Heat reserved oil in a medium skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add shallot mixture and cook, stirring, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Mix in chile puree and cook, stirring often, until it starts to stick to bottom of skillet, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add sugar, tamarind concentrate, and 1/4 cup water and cook, stirring often, until sambal is much darker in color and thickened, 25–35 minutes.(Sambal ikan bilis can be made 1 week ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.)
5. Make the rice: place rinsed/cleaned rice in a medium saucepan and cover with 2½ cups cold water; stir in salt. Gather pandan leaves together and tie into a knot; add to pan. Bring rice to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover pan and reduce heat to low; cook 18 minutes. Remove lid and stir in coconut milk. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit 5 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Lower eggs into water. Cook 10 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Peel eggs and cut in half lengthwise.
7. Combine sambal ikan bilis, reserved fried peanuts, and reserved fried anchovies in a medium bowl and toss to evenly coat. Scoop a generous ½ cup sambal mixture into a 12-oz. bowl. Top with 1½ cups rice and pack into bowl with a rubber spatula to compress. The bowl should be filled to the rim. Place a slightly larger bowl upside down over bowl of rice. Invert so larger bowl is now on the bottom; lift off smaller bowl. You should have a dome of rice and anchovy mixture nestled in the center of the larger bowl. Arrange 8 cucumber slices around rice dome, overlapping slightly to make a semicircle. Add 2 egg halves to side of rice with no cucumber slices; season yolks lightly with soy sauce. Repeat with remaining rice, sambal mixture, cucumbers, and eggs to make 3 more bowls.