If you love Shrimp, you’re going to love these Shrimp Dumplings. They’re a lot like Gyoza, or what most people call Pot Stickers, only better. Just imagine biting into one of the largest seasoned Prawns you can think of. Now picture it wrapped in a Steamed Wonton Wrapper and pan fried to perfection. I don’t know about you but that’s my idea of great recipe. The only thing missing is something to dip them in but don’t worry I’ve got you covered. As a bonus, I’ve included a Potsticker/Shrimp Dumpling Sauce recipe down below, with a video tutorial to go along with it, so there’s no room for error. After you try that you’ll never eat Pot Stickers or Shrimp Dumplings again without it!
Shrimp Dumplings Ingredients:
2 lbs Ground or Minced Shrimp
1 pkg Wanton Wraps (Nasoya)
1 chopped Green Onion
1 tbsp fresh Cilantro
2 tsp fresh chopped Ginger
1/4 cup chopped julienne Bell Pepper
1/4 cup chopped Carrot
2 chopped Garlic Cloves
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp White or Black Pepper (Which ever you have)
Potsticker and Shrimp Dumplings
Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
1 part Sugar
1 part Warm Water
1 part Soy Sauce
1/2 part Rice Wine Vinegar
1 chopped Garlic Clove
1/2 fresh chopped Cilantro
1/8 tsp Chili Flakes or Chili Oil
Follow the video tutorials and enjoy your Shrimp Dumplings and Dipping Sauce.
The thing about King Crab Legs, or any crab legs for that matter, is that they are already cooked when you buy them. I know, Shocker, right? So all we need to do is reheat them and you just need to choose the method you’d like to prepare them. Steaming is an easy way if you have a big enough pot that can be covered with a lid. A few inches of boiling water in the bottom will get them done in about 4 minutes. Just make sure that you get the water to a rolling boil before you actually add the King Crab Legs. Most people don’t realize that you can actually cheat and take it a step further; you can usually have them steamed at the place of purchase when you are buying them. Of course this means you need to be picking them up at meal time but if you’re waiting on the oven for bake potatoes, a quick trip to the grocery is perfect for that waiting time; just a suggestion.
Be Careful Grilling King Crab Legs
Grilling King Crab Legs leaves people oohing and awing every time you flip open the lid, but you need to be very careful not to dry them out. Even though you tend to gain the Smokey flavor of the grill, you lose the natural flavors of the crab meat. Remember this is just a reheat anyway so you don’t want them on the grill for too long. 10 minutes on low with the lid down, tops!
The oven will have a similar effect that grilling does if you don’t cover up the Crab Legs. It will dry them out, and you will lose flavor. The way I show you how to cook them in this tutorial is on a broiler pan covered with tin foil. The reason I do it this way is because you get the best of both worlds. By adding a half cup of water to the pan you get the steaming effect with convection as the heat rises from underneath the King Crab Legs, then the heat reflects off the foil, cooking the top. It’s win-win.
You can do a reheat in the microwave, but I don’t recommend it. In fact I don’t recommend that any meat go in the microwave for a reheat, EVER! I’ll get into that at later time.
King Crab Legs and Santolla Reds
Now, the crab legs that I’m introducing are not your traditional King Crab Legs. These are called Santolla Reds. The reason I’m using these instead of the other is they are practically the same thing. First off, they are almost exactly the same size; same look and everything that way. The only difference that I’ve noticed is they are a little bit saltier, so I just use unsalted butter. Second, it’s about the cost. I wouldn’t be living up to my reputation as the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen showing you recipes at “A Low Budget Wonder”, if I was showing off recipes that aren’t affordable. Santolla Reds, if you can find them, are usually at least half the price of regular King Crab Legs. I can pick them up at Smith’s right now, for $6.99 a pound, and that’s year ‘round! Try getting more than a pound and a half of king crab legs at any restaurant these days for under $26 bucks! It’s worth doing it at home, and worth knowing a few tricks to cooking King Crab Legs and other gourmet meals at a low budget wonder.
If you are going to cook fish you better know How to cook Salmon. That’s what I decided anyway. It seems to be a real crowd pleaser and anyone that likes fish seems to love a good Salmon. So why not learn a great way that’s easy to do and not only keeps the fish real moist and succulent, but also has an everlasting burst of flavor from the first bite to the last.
Now, How to Cook Salmon
My preparation for this dish is actually ironic. A few simple things that are done in this recipe are very commonly used for other recipes similar to this one but I have since found that one of the main things I feel really sets this fish off is considered a huge faux pas amongst many other chefs. What others consider a No-No I throw down a Hell Yeah when I cover my Salmon with CHEESE! That’s right I said it…Mozzarella Cheese tops off this Salmon recipe after it’s steamed in a puddle of Onions, Bell Peppers, white wine and butter! Then I add some fresh chopped Parsley, Bacon bits and then I broil it in the oven for 2 minutes to give it that blow torched burnt marshmallow look before I splash it with Balsamic Vinegar and cold sliced tomatoes. Once that’s all done, it’s time to serve the best damn fish to my loving wife who can’t ever seem to get enough of me and my finger lickin’ cookin’! Now if you feel like you can handle all that, then watch my do it yourself video below so you can learn How to cook Salmon yourself!
How to Cook Salmon Recipe
1 Salmon Fillet
1/2 Bell Pepper
1/2 cube butter
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbsp fresh or dried Parsley
2 tsp minced garlic
1 to 2 tbsp chopped Bacon or bits
Salt and Pepper Salmon to taste
Pinch of ceyenne pepper if you can stand it