Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lemon-Chile Seafood Delight

     Some days I really want something light, but full of flavor. I also want it quickly and with minimal effort. This recipe is the culmination of those desires. It came together in about a half an hour. Aside from the rice I served it on, this dish is phenomenally low on calories. The lemon and sriracha gave this dish a nice kick. The Wife certainly enjoyed it, so I'll call it a winner. When naming it, I decided to go with one of those goofy sounding names you find in Chinese restaurants. I thought "Monkeys Chasing the Heaven's Gate on Fire" was good, but it sounded too much like something you'd buy at a fireworks stand. Anyway, give it a try if you want. Hopefully you will like it as much as we did. As always, notes are in blue.

Lemon-Chile Seafood Delight

  • 12 ounces shrimp, tails removed (I used frozen shrimp, since fresh is prohibitively expensive right now. If you use fresh, make sure to cook them until they are pink. Also, save the tails to use later to make shrimp stock!)
  • 1 pound imitation crab meat ("Crabuluxe," as we call it. Feel free to use real crab meat if you want. Make sure to have the butler get the Ferrari waxed while he's out picking it up.)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli 
  • 1 can (14 ounce) stir-fry vegetables, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1" piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha (we used our own home-made Sriracha)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (use Worcestershire sauce if you don't have fish sauce. Use soy sauce if you don't have either of those. If you have none, just stop and go out for a pizza.)
  • Slurry of 2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
  1. Steam broccoli until it starts to get tender. You still want a little snap on it. 
  2. Heat oil in a large pan to medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger, stir for a minute or two or until garlic begins to turn golden. 
  3. Add the stir-fry veggies and sriracha. Stir and let cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice, fish sauce and seafood. Stir to mix and let cook for 2-3 more minutes (longer if you are using fresh seafood)
  5. Add broccoli and slurry. Remove from heat and stir until sauce thickens. Serve over rice. Thank me at your convenience. 
Good times!


  1. I think I would have to order this dish if I saw your list of ingredients on the menu with the name "Monkeys Chasing the Heaven's Gate on Fire". I could not help myself. Nice recipe Frank!

  2. This is a killer recipe!! Love me some good seafood. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday, Frank.