Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thai Seafood Salad

I developed a serious craving for a seafood salad with lots of fresh ingredients, light and clean and full of flavour.  Must go with Thai.  I made a trip to Uwajimaya this morning to gather the necessary ingredients and plus some.  Uwajimaya continues to be my go-to spot for all seafood.  I came home with my salad ingredients, some hamachi collar which I marinated for tomorrow night's dinner and a couple of pieces of kasuzuke cod to go with my seafood buffet tonight.  Happy summer!

For the salad:
½ pound bay scallops
½ pound black cod, cut into small cubes
½ pound squid, cleaned and cut into thick rings
⅓ pound shrimp, cleaned and cut into small pieces if they're large, or left as is if small
5-6 ounces plum or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
½ cup cucumber
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons crispy shallots
Green leaf or butter lettuce for garnish/lining the plate

For the dressing:
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fish sauce
3 tablespoons palm sugar syrup
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
freshly ground pepper
a few pepper flakes

For the poaching water:
6 cups water
¼ cup mirin
1 lime thinly sliced
¼ onion, sliced
5 slices of ginger
1 tablespoon kosher salt



Prepare a ice water bath.  Bring the poaching water to a boil.  Use a colander or large mesh spoon or skimmer to poach each of the seafood items separately. The bay scallops and black cod take maybe 60 seconds or less and the squid and shrimp maybe only about 30 seconds.  After poaching, immediately put each item into the ice water bath to stop cooking.
Drain and put onto a dish lined with paper towels.  
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.  I prepped this in the morning for use tonight.  


Combine the dressing ingredients.
Toss all of the salad ingredients with the dressing, except the crispy shallots and lettuce.  You may not need all the dressing, use just enough to lightly coat the salad ingredients.
Line a plate with pieces of lettuce and top with the salad.  Serve with the crispy shallots on top.  Craving satisfied.

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