SPICY ZUPPE DI PESCE [ITALIAN BOUILLABAISSE] WITH TILAPIA FILLETS – SHRIMP – VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES – VIDALIA ONION – BASIL – OREGANO – BAY LEAVES –  CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC – CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE

For 4:

–tilapia (fillets, 2)

–shrimp (about 12, medium)

–tomatoes (3, medium, chopped, chilled)

–Vidalia onion (1, sliced)

–basil, oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon each)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

1 – Place the chilled tomatoes, onion, minced garlic, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, clam juice, white wine, with a few drops of olive oil, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 12 minutes if all ingredients are cold (less if not).  For the last six minutes, check the microwave to be certain that the white wine has not bubbled up.

2 – Place the tilapia on top.  Sprinkle with one-quarter teaspoon of basil and oregano.  Season with salt and pepper, and about one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  Add the shrimp, and microwave for 3 minutes more. 

4 – Serve the soup in bowls.  Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.

–zuppe di pesce adapted from Southern Seafood Sampler.

DECONSTRUCTED SALMON & SHRIMP SKEWERS WITH YELLOW BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – MARJORAM – THYME – CLAM JUICE AND TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES ATOP COUSCOUS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, packaged, about 12)

–yellow bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–marjoram, thyme (one-half teaspoon each, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (follow package instructions for microwaving; brand differ)

1 – Place the bell pepper in a covered baking dish with the clam juice and minced garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with marjoram, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place lemon slices on top.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then push aside the lemon, and pour the shrimp on top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes more.  Salmon should be flaky, but not red.  Shrimp should be pink.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the salmon, shrimp, and sauce hot, atop couscous.

–recipe adapted from Seafood Recipes, a kindle e-book.

A Simple Dinner:  SPICY POACHED COD & SHRIMP TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & IN A SAUCE OF SALSA – CHICKEN BROTH – WHITE WINE ATOP BROWN RICE

Note:  This entrée has a very mild yet spicy flavor.  The broth and wine reduce the sharpness of the tomato in the salsa.

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen package, about 12, medium)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–salsa (bottled; I used medium flavor; 1 cup)

–chicken broth (packaged, one-eighth cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brown rice (instant; follow package instructions for microwaving because brands differ)

1 – Place the salsa, chicken broth, and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice the lemon, and place over the cod.  Microwave on high for just 4 minutes.  When finished, place the lemon on the side of the cod, and pour the shrimp on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for another 3 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod, shrimp, and sauce, hot, atop brown rice.

–adapted from Seafood Recipes (a kindle e-book).

SPICY SHRIMP WITH MINCED GARLIC – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE & WITH A SIDE OF ASPARAGUS

For 2:

–shrimp (small, thawed from frozen, quantity 30)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–clam juice sauce (one-eighth cup)

–basmati rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwave)

–asparagus (I used signature PicSweet frozen, microwave in package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the washed and drained shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, minced garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Gently stir.  Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Prepare basmati rice; it will take about 15 minutes.  Brands differ, and so follow the instructions on the package.  When finished microwaving keep covered to preserve warmth.  No need to use salt, pepper, or olive oil.

3 – Microwave the asparagus in its package.  Times differ in various sizes of microwave; follow package instructions.  When finished, turn out in a serving bowl, season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

5 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–shrimp and asparagus inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

PARSLEYED SALMON & SHRIMP WITH LEMON – THYME – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (8 to 10, small, deveined, tail-off, shelled, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts on salmon and 1 on shrimp)

–thyme (bottled, 1 teaspoon on salmon and one-quarter teaspoon on shrimp)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon on salmon and a spritz on shrimp)

–clam juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the shrimp in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup that you cover.  Season with lemon juice, thyme, cayenne, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the covered shrimp on high for 1 minute.  Stir, and microwave for 30 seconds more if any are not pink (done).  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the salmon.

4 – Serve the salmon and shrimp hot.

–shrimp and salmon adapted from Pierre Franey, chef, NYT Cooking web site.

SPICY SHRIMP PAPRIKA WITH GREEN ONIONS & LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP CREAMY PARMESAN COUSCOUS

For 2:

–shrimp (about 30 small, 20 medium, or 10 large; thawed from frozen)

–paprika (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–green onions (4, sliced)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–white wine (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed; followed package directions)

–yogurt (non-fat, plain, boxed, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged, 2 heaping tablespoons)

1 – Prepare the couscous according to package instructions.  Then stir in yogurt and Parmesan cheese, and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the shrimp in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish, all in one layer.  Add white wine, and then drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.  Top with green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Shrimp are done when they have a tinge of pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the couscous.

–shrimp and couscous inspired by Real Simple magazine.

STEAMED SHRIMP WITH OREGANO – RED POTATOES – ORANGE BELL PEPPER – GREEN ONIONS – FRESH LEMON

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shell-off, deveined)

–oregano (1 teaspoon dried, divided)

–red potatoes (3 small, cut into 1-inch pieces, jacket on)

–orange bell pepper (one-half, medium, cut in strips)

–green onions (3, chopped)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces, and place in a covered baking dish with water to reach one-half the height of the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, one-fourth teaspoon oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the thawed shrimp, orange bell pepper, green onions, and sliced lemon on top of the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for just 3 minutes, until the shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp and vegetables hot.

–shrimp recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED SHRIMP SEASONED WITH OREGANO – PEPPER –  CAYENNE IN LEMON JUICE SAUCE

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small shrimp, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined)

–oregano (bottled, 1 teaspoon dried)

–salt and pepper

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–water (one-eighth cup)

–olive oil

1 – Rinse the shrimp and place in one layer in a covered baking dish.  Squirt with lemon juice.  Add one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper (to taste), oregano, and cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Be sure that all shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

CRUNCHY COD AND SHRIMP TOPPED WITH HERB CORNBREAD STUFFING – PARMESAN – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, about 15, small)

–herb cornbread stuffing (I used Pepperidge Farm; 1 cup)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-half cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish (no water).  Season with salt and pepper.  Place the shrimp in a separate, small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

2 – In a mixing bowl, place the herb cornbread stuffing, the Parmesan, and olive oil to taste.  Stir well.  Then place the stuffing/Parmesan/olive oil atop the cod and the shrimp.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, the shrimp piled atop the cod.

–recipe original; inspired by a recipe for zucchini at the Olive Garden restaurant.

MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD TRIO OF SHRIMP – COD – CRAB MEAT WITH POTATOES – TOMATO – ONION & SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (half a dozen, already cooked, tail-off, shell off)

–crab meat (canned, 2 tablespoons)

–potatoes (2, medium, cut in 1-inch pieces)

–tomato (fresh, vine-ripened (if possible), medium, cut in 1 – inch pieces)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible; 2 tablespoons of each, fresh; or 1 teaspoon of each, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–olive oil (several drops, to taste)

1 – Place the cut-up potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add the tomato and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes. 

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – When finished, top the cod with the cooked crab meat and cooked shrimp.  Microwave, to heat, for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice (for recipe, see the microwave instructions that come with the brand you buy).

–recipe original.