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- Julia Child
Recipes > Level of Difficulty > Intermediate
Soy and Ginger Steamed Cod
Asian-inspired flavors come together with steamed cod for a delicate yet delicious weeknight dinner.
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Broiled Fish Tacos With Mexican Slaw
Rockfish, and many other kinds of fillet, is great broiled and added to fresh homemade tacos. This recipe is incredibly versatile, so feel free to get creative. We have it here with a Mexican slaw to top them.
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Down East Haddock Chowder
Chowders are simple soups - usually just fish, potato, onion and milk. They are quick to make and delicious! This recipe is a recreation of the popular haddock chowder served at the Evangeline Snack Bar in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia.
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Slow-Roasted Cabezon with Bell Peppers and Capers
This fabulous and healthy dish is as colorful as it is delicious!
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Char Grilled Lobster with Zesty Butter Sauce
There are a few things as simple as a grilled lobster on warm summer days. Make the most of fresh lobster with this easy but oh-so-fancy Char-Grilled Lobster with Zesty Butter Sauce recipe.
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Baked Lemon Sole with Swiss Chard
Baked lemon sole is easy and sure to please! This delicious recipe is courtesy of the Food Network.
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Opah Nicoise Salad
English cook Delia Smith called the nicoise salad "one of the best combinations of salad ingredients ever invented.” This classic French summer salad - made with tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and nicoise olives - is made even more delicious with opah fish.
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Oyster Stew with Chorizo & Spinach
This cream based oyster stew gets its smokey component from chorizo that also gives a little spice to the broth. Fresh spinach added at the end gives it color and texture.
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Linguine with Tuna, Arugula, and Lemon
On the Amalfi Coast of Italy, grilled chunks of tuna over pasta is popular with grated lemon zest. This recipe from Bon Appétit is reminiscent of the warm coast and these two comfort foods, tuna & pasta, with lemon & arugula for a spicy, tart elegance. Mackerel is delicious this way too!
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Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Citrus-Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
From brainfood blog: Seabass is very versatile to cook and does well with simply salt/pepper over the grill or under the broiler. It is on the drier side so marinades are nice or even just a coating of olive oil before grilling. I almost always cook it plainly then make some sort of sauce to put on it after, our kids love it that way. We love it with our spin on a traditional tartar sauce that is so simple; we just mix nonfat plain greek yogurt with relish (or capers) and mustard."
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Crispy Tempura Oysters with Apricot Puree
Fresh oysters encased in a crispy tempura batter are served in their shells on a dollop of apricot puree - simple, delicious, and very impressive. Surprisingly easy too and perfect for a romantic evening or a dinner party.
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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad
You can make your salad in any way you like. I like to make an Asian influenced Salade Niçoise and add sauteed shiitake mushrooms, bonita sweet potatoes, and shredded Daikon radish. The key is searing the tuna to medium rare.
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Chef Kevin's Uni Carbonara
This recipe was created by our chef/fisherman Kevin Butler after diving for sea urchin at Sea Ranch on the north coast. The dish is rich with umami goodness. A rich and hearty pasta dinner when you feel like a little pampering. Try folding in some fresh arugula or peas at the end. You won't be disappointed.
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Black Cod Tacos Al Pastor
This recipe is adapted from chef Gabriela Camara of Mexico City, who made her mark on the food world with her restaurant Contramar. For those of us in the San Francisco area, she has another fabulous restaurant, Cala. Diana Kennedy, anthropologist and author of Mexican Regional Cooking, has been her friend and advisor for years. Chef Camara is using local, seasonal seafood in her San Francisco restaurant, including this stellar recipe for black cod.
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Capellini with Ridgeback Prawns and Creamy Tomato Sauce
The addition of the sweet vermouth here punctuates the natural sweetness of the canned tomatoes, making this quick sauce taste as if it's been simmered for hours.
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Manresa's Ridgeback Prawns
For a casual peel-and-eat appetizer, chef David Kinch flash cooks them in the shell with homemade salted butter and local apple brandy. The apple-y essence of the brandy highlights the sweetness of the ridgebacks.
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Linguine With Garlic, Fresh Tuna, Black Olives, Tomatoes and Rosemary
This recipe brings together a lot of great local flavors: albacore tuna, rosemary and tomato, with garlic, anchovy and black olives for depth, and a pinch of chili flakes for spice!
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Grand Central Oyster Bar Stew
This luscious stew is legendary at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City, where it has been served since they opened in 1913. There are various versions of it available online, but this one came to us from Real Good Fish member Sylvia Park of Santa Cruz, who speaks of it in superlatives.
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Roasted Salmon (Or Other Seafood) with Butternut Squash Filled Spinach Ravioli and Butternut Squash Sauce
Here's a recipe from Transition to a Kitchen that helps you make the most of California king salmon and winter squash. This recipe works well with all different kinds of seafood. Experiment to find your favorite!
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Salmon Perok - Savory Russian Fish Pie
This dish originated in Russia, but made its way to Alaska via fur trappers. It's a wintery dish, but as we all know, coastal California gets some of its coldest months in the summer. You can use either smoked salmon bites or fresh salmon with this recipe. It's also fabulous with Carmel Canyon Smoked Black Cod.
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Roasted Mackerel Fillets with Garlic and Paprika on Smashed Potatoes With Dijon Vinaigrette
This delectable recipe came to us from Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking. If you've never tried mackerel before, this is an excellent way to start. If you think you don't like it, this recipe might change your mind! You can make this with albacore, salmon, or yellowtail too.
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Fresh Linguine with Manila Clams and Sausage
While perusing clam linguine recipes, we noticed that many included instructions for making your own fresh pasta. There really is nothing quite like it, but we know that many of our members don't have time, so we offer fresh linguine from Bigoli Pasta in our member store whenever we can. Whatever pasta you use, this recipe will turn out delicious!
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Roasted Oyster Decadence
Baked in ramekins with crispy bacon, gruyere cheese, spinach and white wine, these oysters are sublime and worth the effort!
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Mediterranean Grilled Whole Rockfish
The most mislabeled seafood in the United States is red snapper, which lives in the Gulf of Mexico. On the West Coast if you see "Red Snapper" in a fish store or on a menu, it's more likely rockfish. This is too bad, because rockfish are local, really tasty, and deserve to be well known. This delicious recipe from Food & Wine Magazine highlights the rich flavor and texture of rockfish with simple grilling that's perfect for warm evenings.
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Grilled Lingcod or Halibut with Peach Salsa
Lingcod, halibut and stone fruit season dovetail nicely in late spring and summer. This recipe was originally written for halibut in Cooking Light magazine, but will be delicious with lingcod as well.
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Seared Abalone with Roasted Asparagus and Coke Farm Polenta
Whole seared abalone with a blistered cherry tomato, red onion and wine compote. I accompanied this with local asparagus and Coke Farm polenta. I would pair it with the wine you used in the compote. I go with a sauvignon blanc as my cooking wine for this dish.
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Crispy Sand Dabs with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Coke Farm Polenta
Try this winter recipe to warm up any night.
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Abalone Roll
Abalone Roll by Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles, California. From The Whole Fish. Thomas Hill Organics is a market-bistro located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Joe and Debbie Thomas began as an organic farm growing unique varieties of heirloom fruits, nuts and vegetables in the hills overlooking the town. They also make their own wine with grapes that are estate grown. Their bistro is dedicated to serving organic produce from their farm and highlighting unique wines from the Central Coast.  This recipe was developed in collaboration with Thomas Hill Organics chef, Julie Simon.
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Oysters with Mignonette Sauce - Also Cucumber Mignonette or Meyer Lemon Mignonette Sauce
Raw oysters with mignonette sauce is a classic, and with good reason. We offer an Asian-themed variation here, along with a Meyer lemon mignonette that is so delicious it can be spooned over cooked seafood as well as oysters. Try them all, with champagne or your favorite white wine or sake, for a special start to any meal. The Meyer lemon variation is especially good with Muscadet wines!
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Herb-Seared Sand Dabs with Warmed Arugula and Fire-Roasted Tomato Salad
This recipe is courtesy of Paul Jansen and is shared via foodnetwork.com. Serves 4-6.  We don't have a photo so if you try making this, please send us one and we will post it here! The recipe calls for fillets, but you should just use your pan-ready sand dabs as is.
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Perfect Ten Baked Lingcod
Simple, fast, and delicious describes this baked cod recipe. Bake for two sets of 10 minutes each and you have the perfect ten dinner! This recipe was a favorite request from a local restaurant. You can toast Panko with butter and herbs in a pan to coat the lingcod, or if you have crackers on hand, use those. This recipe comes from allrecipes.com.
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Squid Ceviche
Wow! This dish is served cold and is almost like eating raw seafood. The squid is blanched to eliminate all health risks, but the cooking happens so quickly that it seems raw.  If you like ceviche, you'll find this to be easy, light, zesty, and refreshing!
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Rockfish Chowder
This is a comforting and super healthy fish chowder with a clear broth and lots of flavor. Yum!
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Mushroom Baked Petrale Sole
This recipe (originally shared on food.com) was sent to us by Real Good Fish member Riley H. who writes: We tried a new recipe for the petrale! It turned out great! Especially with a little jasmine rice and a salad on the side.
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Baked or Grilled Black Cod (Sablefish) Teriyaki
A quick, sweet and easy preparation for black cod, and a range of other species. This takes just minutes to make a delicious meal.
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Dukkah-Dusted Sand Dabs
This Egyptian-inspired recipe comes from the New York Times series, "Recipes for Health" by Martha Rose Shulman. She writes, "Dukkah is very popular in Egypt, where it is made with chickpea flour, sesame seeds, sometimes dill seeds, and spices."
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Claypot Fish with Savory Caramel Sauce
This recipe is adapted from Charles Phan, chef-owner of the Slanted Door and many other San Francisco restaurants, who created a version of it for schools participating in the Real Good Fish Bay2Tray program. The chilies give it a little heat, so omit them or remove the seeds if you'd like a milder sauce. Densely packed palm sugar is available at Asian markets. Serve with jasmine rice.
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Thai Style Roasted Whole Fish
Utilizing the whole fish is common many places. Although it can be easier to use just fillets, utilizing the whole fish creates more opportunity for creativity and unlocks considerably more flavors.
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Baked Stuffed Calamari
This method of preparing calamari guarantees a tender tasty meal. It's so good that even people who think they don't like calamari love it! Below the main recipe is a quicker version too.
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Roasted Halibut with Walnut Crust
This recipe is suggested by Giovanni’s Fish Market of Morro Bay. Chopped walnuts, herbs, and panko become a crisp, flavorful coating for the halibut fillets.
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Albacore Tuna, Cucumber, and Potato Kebabs
These kebabs are a good way to use tuna loin, especially any odd-shaped pieces left over from making another recipe. Cooking cucumber may seem unusual, but heat brings out its sweetness.
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Thai Style Citrus Marinated Halibut
This delicious recipe is from Hank Shaw of about.com, and is ideal if you have a few hours to wait for the halibut to “cook” in the lemon juice.
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Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with Lime and Tarragon Aioli
This flavor-filled aioli takes on a faint green hue. Paired with the crunchy fish sticks, it makes a delicious change from traditional tartar sauce. This is great finger food and takes no time at all to prepare.
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Crispy Salmon with Thyme Butter and Roasted Fennel Salad
Our chef and fisherman, Kevin Butler, created this recipe. He cautions that if you want to keep your fish skin crispy, don't put the sauce over it. Other than that, enjoy this delicious seasonal recipe.
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Oven-Roasted Salmon, Quinoa and Asparagus with Wasabi Oil
This recipe appeared in the New York Times on April 18, 2012. A great dish to incorporate grains and fresh veggies.
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Steamed Whole Sole with Black Bean Sauce (Dul See Zing Tat Sa Yu)
This recipe uses a whole sole, rather than fillets. This recipe appeared in the February 2002 issue of Sunset magazine. Serves 3-4 as part of a multi-course meal or an appetizer.
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Chilipepper Rockfish with Sprouted Lentils, Spinach and Local Flowers by Chef Justin Cogley, Aubergine Resturant, Carmel CA
A featured menu item at Aubergine restaurant in Carmel, this chilipepper rockfish dish celebrates the bounty of the Central Coast region. Chef Justin Cogley's ingredient-driven fish recipe uses varied textures and flavors, combining a sprouted lentil and spinach/herb purée mixture with the moist, firm white fish. Prepare the purée the night before.
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Acqua Pazza
Cooking grenadier or any other white fish in Acqua Pazza, or "crazy water" is a great way to ensure you end up with a moist, tasty, Italian dish.
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Broiled Yellowtail with Shishito Peppers and Miso Broth
The yellowtail is marinated and broiled, then served on long grain brown rice with collard greens and shishito peppers surrounded by a fragrant homemade miso broth. Delicious!
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Sand Dabs with Morel Mushrooms and Warm Garlic, Parsley, and Red Wine Vinegar Dressing
The Pacific sand dab has a delicate, sweet flavor that's brought out with a simple pan-fry in this recipe, anchored by earthy, rich morel mushrooms.
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Halibut with Coriander Braised Artichokes and Lemons
This is a perfect California recipe, using local fish, artichokes, and lemon
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Nobu's Miso-Marinated Black Cod Recipe
This recipe is a classic Japanese fish preparation, made famous by the chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and it's popular for a reason: Soaked for several days in the salty-sweet miso marinade, black cod becomes silky, deeply seasoned, and completely irresistible.
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Oysters Rockefeller
A New Orleans classic!
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Roasted Black Cod with Bok Choy and Soy Caramel Sauce
This recipe is from the book Good Fish by Becky Selengut. She's a Seattle-based chef whose recipes are based on local, sustainable seafood. There's a lot of crossover with our local seafood, so it's really worth getting a copy. This recipe brings together black cod, with a miso-like dressing, only a little richer. The cabbage and bok choy add nice texture and lighten the richness.
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Moroccan Fish Tagine with Tomatoes, Olives and Preserved Lemons
This is a tangy, complex sauce that goes really well with Petrale sole, rockfish, halibut and seabass.
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Baked California White Seabass with Minted Zucchini, Corn, and Tomatoes
White seabass arrives just in time to be perfectly paired with these summer vegetables. Celebrate the season with this simple, fresh combination!
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Marinated Calamari
A recipe from The New York Times Created by Molly O'Neill Serves 4
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Smoked Black Cod Dip
Our Carmel Canyon smoked black cod is perfect in this! Or you can try smoking it yourself. The recipe is very flexible as far as ingredient measurement, and smoking on a regular old Weber BBQ is super easy (there is a lot of info online).
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Roasted Whole Rockfish, Egyptian Style
The Egyptian nut, seed, and spice mixture called dukkah is the heart and soul of this dish, and just about anything else you put it on too! There are many variations according to taste and the type of food you're serving it on or with, so feel free to improvise. The rich, warm, zesty flavors of freshly made dukkah are worth the effort and it keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks. This recipe would be excellent on many types of fish, whole or fillet, plus meats like lamb and chicken, or on vegetables or bread dipped in olive oil. Add mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, or red pepper flakes to the basic mixture to customize your dish.
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Opah with Citrus Salsa
This simple recipe is a taste of California! The acid, sweetness, and heat pair perfectly with the meatiness of opah. Enjoy!
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Pan-Seared Opah with Vanilla Toasted Tangerine Sauce
Opah is a mildly flavored Pacific deep-sea delicacy that lends itself to tropical flavors and imaginative sauces. Recipe source: The Bay House restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon.
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Opah with Citrus Salsa
Looking for a delicious and beautiful dish for date-night in? Look no further! Tangy citrus, sweet honey, and the slight heat from a jalapeño come together to perfectly compliment fresh opah filets. Perfect for summer nights with your favorite person.
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Seafood Spaghetti with Mussels and Shrimp
You might not ever go back to “regular spaghetti” after making this delicious version with mussels and shrimp. Your whole family will love the rich seafood flavor of the sauce. Serve with warm, crusty bread to prevent everyone from licking their plates at the table.
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Spicy Lobster Noodle Salad
This cellophane-noodle salad, with creamy avocados, crunchy peanuts and a chile-honey dressing, is an excellent showcase for spiny lobsters. Also known as rock lobsters, they are sweet but can be slightly dense.
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Whole Grilled Thornyhead Rockfish with Vietnamese Peanut Pesto
For a delicious and unique Southeast Asian spin, try this Vietnamese peanut pesto, spread liberally over grilled whole Thornyhead Rockfish.
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Pan-Seared Rockfish with Oyster Sauce
Ready in about 30 minutes, rockfish is pan-seared until the skin is as crisp as a potato chip and served with a delicate oyster cream sauce.
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Ocean White Fish Mexican-Style Pasta
White fish gets elevated with Mexican flavors and Italian linguine. We think this dish is perfect with a margarita on the back deck. What time should we be over?
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Chinese Style Steamed Rockfish (Whole)
With just a few simple ingredients, whole rockfish is allowed to shine! This simple Chinese style recipe follows the tradition of steaming the fish in a wok, but you can use a regular pan if that's all you have.
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Macadamia Nut-Crusted Wahoo with Mango Lime Butter
We think this nut-crusted wahoo recipe will become a permanent favorite in your kitchen! It’s built into the name, in fact - “Ono” means delicious in Hawaiian!
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Classic Beef Shank Osso Bucco
Ossobuco or osso buco is Italian for "bone with a hole" (“osso” meaning "bone" and buco meaning "hole"), a reference to the marrow hole at the centre of the cross-cut veal shank. This classic Osso Bucco uses all the favorite ingredients, plus a little orange zest for an extra element.
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Roasted Beef Shank Recipe
Roasted beef shanks are tender and full of flavor. Prepare these meat cuts easily for your next big meal or friend gathering.
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Santa Maria Tri-Tip (Grilled or Oven-Roasted)
A super simple recipe that may make your kitchen the most popular “local place to eat.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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Beef Tri-Tip Roast with Rosemary-Garlic Vegetables
“Meat and potato” dishes like this one are an American staple. Here, tri-tip is complemented with rosemary and garlic for a classic dish you’ll make over and over.
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Ina Garten’s Perfect Whole Roasted Chicken
Roasting an entire bird doesn’t have to be a giant task saved for Thanksgiving. Ina Garten’s recipe for the perfect whole roasted chicken is a healthier and more economical answer to the deli rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store.
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Chicken Thighs and Shrimp Paella
La Paella is a traditional dish from Spain. The only draw-back to this delicious dish is the king ingredient: saffron. Be warned it’s on the expensive side - but the good news is that a little goes a long way.
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Mediterranean Lamb Bowls
These Mediterranean Lamb Bowls are an easy and healthy ground lamb recipe with exotic Mediterranean flavors to spice up dinner any night of the week!
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Classic Rack of Lamb
A French rack of lamb is elevated with a simple rub of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, fresh chopped rosemary and thyme, allowing the lamb flavor to shine through without being dominated or over-powered by the seasonings. Marinate overnight for the best results.
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Braised Lamb Shanks
Letting the oven do the work for you means you'll have juicy, fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks in a delicious, tangy sauce, with very little effort.
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Monkfish Provincial
A great recipe for monkfish with garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms, and white wine. Complete the meal by serving over pasta or rice.
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Pollock with Cheddar and Herb Crust
Pollock is a delicious white fish that can be used in place of cod or haddock. In this easy-to-make baked recipe, pollock fillets are encrusted in a mix of cheddar, herbs and breadcrumbs.
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Roast Fish with Curry Butter
The slow-roasting method turns fish all buttery and luxurious for an entire (healthy!) dinner in one pan.
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South Indian Hake Curry
This south Indian hake curry feeds four in under an hour - perfect for a healthy midweek meal.
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Maple and Mustard Seared Tuna Steaks
Sweet maple and savory mustard are the perfect pair for delicious seared bluefin tuna steaks.
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Southern Pan Fried Whiting
Whiting fish is coated with a delicious seasoned flour and pan-fried in 10 minutes or less.
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Pan Seared Parmesan Scallops
Tender pan-seared scallops are simple to make and delightful to eat. These scallops only require five ingredients work with almost any side dish - risotto, pasta, or grilled asparagus to name a few
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Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs
Braised and slow cooked, these short ribs are perfect for cold nights.
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Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri
Herbaceous chimichurri adds a gorgeous, bright, fresh finish to every bite of rich flat iron steak.
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Beef Potpies With Cheddar-Stout Crust
Think stew beef is just for stew? Think again! These potpies in a flacky cheddar-stout crust use beef in a delicious comfort-food classic.
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Unbelievable Chicken Meatloaf
Tell classic Meatloaf to move over! Ground chicken is the star of this recipe - this is sure to become a family favorite!
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Chicken in Coconut Milk with Lemongrass
Sweet and pungent flavors of coconut milk, lemongrass, and star anise simmer together with a whole chicken. Serve the finished product over rice or in your favorite broth.
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Chipotle Roast Chicken Tacos
Elevate your Taco Tuesday. A whole chicken is cooked in savory spices and
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Garlicky Greek Chicken
Love garlic? Love chicken? Then this is your new favorite recipe!
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Easy Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe
Comforting, savory, fall-apart-tender braised lamb with loads of veggies, chickpeas and warm Moroccan flavors.
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Irish Lamb Stew
Hearty, traditional, flavorful - and perfect for left-overs - it's Irish lamb stew for dinner tonight. And tomorrow too!
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Oven Baked Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops
We love a good pork chop. We especially love a good pork chop that doesn't require a lot of fuss and work. Enter: oven baked garlic rosemary pork chops!
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Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder
Food Network star Aaron McCargo Jr. brings us this slow-roasted, delicious pork shoulder recipe.
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Chile-Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos
Did someone say pork shoulder tacos? We're in. We'll bring the margaritas.
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Puerto Rican Garlicky Roast Pork Shoulder
This Puerto Rican classic is extra-flavorful because the pork is marinated in lime and orange juices, as well as plenty of garlic, before roasting. The result is a meat that is juicy, flavorful, caramelized, and crispy - and crave-worthy!
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Chinese Spare Ribs
Sweet and sticky Chinese-style ribs - perfect for an appetizer or a main dish.
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Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe
The trick to meat that falls of the bone involves two words: low, and slow. We include an easy recipe for homemade sweet and spicy sauce, but you can use your favorite pre-made sauce to save time.
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Pan Fried Petrale Sole
A simple egg-wash and bread crumb mixture give petrale sole a perfect coating before being pan-fried for an easy dinner.
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