Flounder, Green Beans, and Boxed Rice- Pantry Raid

So here is the line up. On the plate is flounder in flour with salt and pepper. Fresh Green Beans with salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons sesame oil and one tablespoon rice vinegar. Pantry staple- Rice a Roni, the San Francisco treat! Don’t hate. It is DELICIOUS with a tablespoon of sesame oil πŸ˜‰
Shallow fry on each side for 3 minutes in peanut oil. Lots of salt and pepper are required.
Cut off the weird tips, them add a splash of rice vinegar and sesame oil. Cook in a cast iron pan with peanut oil. 8 minutes, mix every couple of minutes. Perfection. Top with sesame seeds. Healthy French Fries.
Follow the recipe except add one tablespoon of sesame oil and an extra pat of butter. Do what I say.

Fridge Raid- Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry

Alright guys. So I took what I had in the fridge and used it to make a yummy dinner. The other day I ordered some Shrimp Fried Rice, and they gave me enough for 3 meals. I had 1/3 of those meals, so I had plenty of leftovers. I took it out of the fridge just ready to warm it up, then I had some thoughts. What if I add more veggies? What if I add more sauce? What if I actually used a wok and turned on the stove? I listened to those thoughts.

First I gathered all my ingredients…

I took 1/3 a bag of frozen broccoli and 1/3 a bag of mixed veggies. I stir-fried them in a wok with 3 tablespoons of peanut oil until they defrosted and started to cook and get a little brown.

Then I added the fried rice and a little bit of Teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, Hoisin sauce, ground ginger, and fish sauce. I didn’t really measure. I just eyeballed it and tasted it as I went along. I cooked until combined and the everything was heated through. I did not want to over cook the already cooked shrimp.

Then I put some in a pretty bowl and devoured every bite! One more serving left for tomorrow! Maybe I can transform that in to something else? Who knows!

Beer Battered Flounder

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend! We did not really have much going on this weekend, so we got to sleep in and spend time with family and friends. It was lovely!

Tonight I made this delicious beer battered flounder recipe. I have made a few versions of this before, but here is the one I did tonight. The batter was light and crispy, and I found myself wishing I had just fried the rest of the batter to munch on πŸ˜‰

I started with this super hoppy pale ale.

I love Jekyll Brewing! Yeah for Georgia breweries!

I added this beer to the following dry ingredients to make my batter…

1 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, salt and white pepper – because I was feeling fancy, and Katie can spot black pepper and refuse to eat anything I make πŸ˜‰ Then I rested the batter in the fridge for 30 minutes (at least 10 minutes is fine)

I put about 2 cups of vegetable oil in my shallow dutch oven and brought it up to 375. You can use a candy thermometer or test a bit of batter in the oil. If it bubbles, it is ready.

I fried the fish about 3-4 minutes on each side. Just slide your spatula gently under the fish. If it does not come up easily, it is not ready. I only cooked 2 pieces at a time. DO NOT CROWD THE PAN!

When they were finished, I put them on a plate lined with paper towels and hit them with a touch more salt. I served with fries and broccoli. I also made a quick tarter sauce with 1 cup mayo, a couple of tablespoons of pickle relish, and salt and pepper to taste. It was crunchy and flaky, just like fried fish should be!

Sesame Teriyaki Salmon and Green Beans

Happy Sunday! I literally stayed in my pajamas today and made my husband go to the grocery store πŸ˜‰ All teachers and students have to be back tomorrow, so I decided to be lazy for most of the day. But I peeled myself off of the couch to make this yummy dinner.

The piece of salmon looks smaller than it was. Remember that salmon is super rich and fatty, so you don’t need an entire piece. I also used the marinade on the green beans and blistered them in a cast iron pan in olive oil until tender.

Sesame Teriyaki Marinade

Equal parts of Sesame oil, Teriyaki Sauce, and Soy Sauce. Add half the amount of garlic paste.

I used 2 tablespoons of the liquids and 1 tablespoon of the garlic paste for 1 large salmon filet and a half of a large package of fresh green beans.

Sesame oil and garlic paste are potent, but this marinade is both for the fish and green beans. I added pepper, but NO salt.


I marinated both in the marinade for about 15 minutes. Then I cooked the Salmon skin side down for 8 minutes then on the other side for 4 minutes. I took it off the stove to rest.

We don’t eat fish skin, but I cook with it to hold in the flavor. It’s not burnt. It’s perfect inside ❀️

I cooked the green beans the same amount of time as the salmon with constant turning.

I also made a yummy Almond Rice Pilaf (Near East brand). I l might have added 2 more tablespoons of butter than suggested πŸ˜‰

Oven Roasted Rosemary Garlic Butter Cod and Broccoli

Hey, friends! Hope you had a great weekend! Ours was spectacular here. Lots of fun family adventure time and relaxing. Tonight I decided to make an easy and healthy fish dish. I got some really pretty broccoli from the farmers’ market yesterday and also picked up some fresh cod.

It was super easy. I preheated the oven to 375. I put all my cod (heavily salted and peppered) and broccoli in a large aluminum foil pouch with a stick of butter (cut up), 4 cloves of garlic crushed, and 2 sprigs of rosemary. I cooked it for 25 minutes in the oven on a sheet tray. It came out perfect. I also added a side of rice pilaf, that took 25 minutes to make. So yummy! Clean plates all around!