Char Kway Teow

8 ounces (250 grams) dried wide rice noodles or 1 pound fresh rice noodles
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 Chinese sausages (about 115 grams), sliced ? inch thick
2 cloves garlic, sliced
4 ounces (115 grams) shrimp (31 to 40 size)
4 ounces (115 grams) fish cake or fish tofu, thinly sliced
4 ounces (115 grams) garlic chives, cut into 2 ½-inch pieces
1 tablespoon shaoxing wine (optional)
1 egg, lightly beaten
6 ounces (172 grams) mung bean sprouts

Soak the dried noodles in warm water for 30 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a colander and let the excess water drain. If you have fresh rice noodles, cut them into 1½-inch wide strips, and set them aside.

Add 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce, 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 teaspoon shrimp paste, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, ? teaspoon ground white pepper, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Mix until combined, and set aside.
Heat your wok to medium heat, and spread 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil around the perimeter of your wok. Add the sliced Chinese sausages and stir-fry for 20 seconds.

Add the 2 cloves of sliced garlic, the shrimp, and the fish tofu. Continue stir-frying for another 20 seconds.

Now, turn the wok to high heat. Spread 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine around the perimeter of the wok.

Stir-fry for another 15 seconds. Add the noodles. Gently fold them into the rest of the ingredients. Gather everything in the middle of the wok to let the sides of the wok superheat. Pour ithe sauce mixture evenly over the noodles, and spread another tablespoon of vegetable oil around the perimeter of the wok.

Next, add the garlic chives. Gently mix the noodles (to minimize breakage) while spreading them around the perimeter of the wok to get that wok hay sear from the superheated sides of the wok. Because of the hot wok and the oil, the rice noodles shouldn’t stick.

While the noodles are searing, work quickly to create a space at the bottom of the wok and add the last tablespoon of oil with the slightly beaten egg. Stir the egg around for 15 seconds to cook it and break it up. You may want to pre-cook the egg the first time if you are more of a beginner cook!
Next add the mung bean sprouts and gently mix everything together for 1 minute.

If your Char Kway Teow looks dry, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over the noodles while stir-frying. You can also add a bit more vegetable oil if you like. Serve your Char Kway teow with chlli garlic paste or homemade chili oil on the side.

Laotian Stir Fried Fish with Chili and Holy Basil

A healthy portion of white fish, thinly sliced in small pieces (anything that holds together well, without an overpowering fishy flavor)
Lots of garlic
Hot red chile, sliced thinly
Pinch of palm sugar
Pinch of bouillon or 1/4 cup soup stock
Drizzle of dark soy sauce
Heap of fresh holy basil

Heat the garlic and chile in a hot wok with oil. Stir. Toss in the fish and stir-fry quickly on high heat. Add a little water, sugar and soup or bouillon. Stir, then add basil and soy sauce, primarily for color. That’s it! It’s quick.

The dish should be hot, but not be overly sweet. It is similar to the Thai stir-fry with chile and basil, “but different cooking. In Thai, more oil, more sugar. In Lao, little oil, little sugar, more chile.”

Mee Goreng

oil, for the pan
2 eggs
salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons kecap manis
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon sesame or shallot oil
1-2 teaspoons chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 large boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 links Chinese sausage, sliced
1/2 lb shrimp
1 lb fresh egg noodles (or cooked dried noodles)
2 cups bean sprouts
green onions/chives, cut into 2 inch lengths
tofu puffs
crispy shallots
fresh cilantro
thai chili
lime

Start off by making the egg ribbons. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a small non-stick frying pan on medium low heat. Add a touch of oil and swirl to coat. Pour in a thin layer of egg and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan, much like a crepe. Cook, untouched over low heat until egg sets and releases. Use a rubber spatula to flip and cook for another 10-15 seconds. Remove from the pan and repeat until all the eggs are cooked. Let cool slightly, roll and slice into ribbons.

In a small bowl, mix together the kecap manis, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, chili sauce and white pepper. Set aside.

Heat up a generous amount of oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until aromatic. Turn the heat up a bit and add the chicken and cook until lightly golden. Add the Chinese sausage and shrimp. Cook, stirring often, until the chicken is cooked through, the Chinese sausage is crispy, and the shrimp is cooked. Add the noodles, bean sprouts, tofu puffs, and the sauce and toss until everything is well coated and the noodles are heated through.

Enjoy immediately topped with crispy shallots and cilantro. Serve with lime for squeezing and chili for spice!

Sous Vide Fish with XO Sauce

2 mulloway or barramundi fillets
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 green onion, sliced diagonally
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp XO sauce
1/2 tsp chicken bouillon powder (or 1/2 tsp of a crushed stock cube) mixed with 1/2 cup hot water

Cook the fish fillets sous vide at 131F (55C) for 30 minutes.

When the fish is finished cooking sous vide, heat up vegetable oil in a small pot over a medium heat and fry the ginger for 1 minute, then add the stock, soy and XO sauce and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Put the fish in serving bowls, pour the sauce over the fish and serve with sliced green onion scattered on top.

Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits

CHEESE GRITS
4 1/2 cup water
1 cup stoneground grits
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste

SHRIMP
3 bacon strips, chopped
Peanut oil, as needed
1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons flour
4 ounces sliced mushroom (1 1/4 cups)
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, plus more for garnish

Grits:

Bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Whisk in the grits and salt, reduce heat to low, and cook at a gently simmer for 35 to 40 minutes or until the grits are thick, stirring occasionally. Stir more often as the grits thicken.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the cheddar, parmesan, butter, pepper, and Tabasco, and stir until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Keep warm over very low heat.

Shrimp:

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon for 6 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Transfer with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels and leave the fat in the skillet. If there is less than 1 1/2 tablespoons of bacon fat, make up the difference with peanut oil.

Toss the shrimp with the flour until lightly coated, shaking off any excess. In the skillet with the reserved fat, cook the shrimp over medium-high heat for 1 minute or until they begin to turn pink.

Add the mushrooms and bacon and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds (do not let the garlic brown). Stir in the hot sauce, lemon juice, and scallions and remove from the heat.

Divide the grits among 4 shallow bowls and top with the shrimp mixture. Garnish with additional scallions and serve at once.

Shrimp and Grits

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups milk
3 cups water
1 cup grits
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, finely grated
8 ounces bacon, chopped
20 medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup scallion, chopped
Salt and pepper

Add the butter and olive oil to a saucepan set over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Turn the heat to high and pour in the milk and water. Bring to a boil and slowly whisk in the grits. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes. When done, dump in the cheese and stir until it is melted. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Add the bacon to a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook until golden browned and crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Pour out all but 3 tablespoons of the oil.

Set the skillet back over medium-high heat and when nearly smoking, add the shrimp. Cook until pink, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.

Scoop some of the cheese grits into a bowl and top with the shrimp, chopped bacon, and scallions. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Muussels: Mussels with Tomato and Garlic Broth

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cups drained canned tomatoes in thick puree, chopped (from one 28-ounce can)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
Salt, if needed

Garlic Toast (optional)

In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, tomatoes, thyme, and red-pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Discard any mussels that have broken shells or that don’t clamp shut when tapped. Add the mussels to the pot. Cover; bring to a boil. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, just until the mussels open, about 3 minutes. Remove the open mussels. Continue to boil, uncovering the pot as necessary to remove the mussels as soon as their shells open. Discard any that do not open.

Stir the black pepper into the broth. Taste the broth and, if needed, add salt. Ladle the broth over the mussels and serve with the garlic toast.

Nut and Herb Breading (for chicken, fish, or pork)

2 chicken cutlets
4 eggs
4 cups raw, unsalted nuts of your choice
1/2 cup finely chopped herbs of your choice
1/4 – 1/2 cup cooking oil of your choice
1 avocado, sliced
Salt & pepper to taste
Directions:

Finely grind nuts in food processor, but don’t grind them so long that they turn into paste. Combine the ground nuts with the chopped herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly beat raw eggs in large bowl. Dip chicken cutlets in the egg wash and coat both sides with the nut mixture.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in skillet and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through, about five minutes a side.

Top with avocado slices before serving.

If you’re increasing this recipe and cooking several batches of cutlets, change the oil halfway through so it doesn’t become dark and have a burnt flavor.

Variations:

This recipe can be adapted with a variety of spices, herbs and nuts and can also be used with pork cutlets or other meats.

Butter Poached Scallops en Papillote

Serves 4

Handful of baby spinach
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons finely chopped preserved lemon, rind only, rinsed and dried
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, divided
16 sea scallops, preferably all a similar size, patted dry
16 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
4 tablespoons dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 475°F and place a rack in the center position.

Cut four 15-inch squares of parchment paper.

Assemble each pouch: Place a few spinach leaves in the center of the paper, season lightly with salt and pepper (but go easy—the lemon is salty), add 1 /2 teaspoon of lemon and scatter with 1 /2 teaspoon of butter cut into bits.

Arrange 4 scallops over the butter, top with another 1 /2 teaspoon of lemon and 8 tomato halves; season lightly with salt and pepper.

Add 1 tablespoon of wine and finish with 1 tablespoon of butter cut into bits.

Pull up the corners of the parchment to encase the ingredients in a hobo sack and tie it with kitchen twine. Place the pouches on a baking sheet. Cook the pouches for 8 minutes.

Place each pouch in a soup bowl. Untie the packets, being careful of the steam, and serve immediately.

Grilled Scallops with Corn, Peaches, and Tomatoes

olive oil
2 ears corn
2 peaches (halved and pitted)
8 large scallops
salt and pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
chopped parsley

Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very hot.

Rub the grill grate with a little oil and put it 3 or 4 inches from the heat.

Brush 2 ears corn, and 2 peaches (halved and pitted) with olive oil; grill until lightly browned.

Strip the corn kernels off the cobs, chop the peaches; put in a large bowl.

Brush the scallops with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill until they’re brown on the bottom and release easily from the grill, 2 to 3 minutes.

Turn and brown on the other side; total cooking time should be 3 to 5 minutes; take the scallops off the grill before the interior becomes totally opaque.

Halve the scallops and add them to the bowl along with 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped parsley, basil, or chives, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss.

Cold Rice Noodles with Lemongrass Shrimp

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, tails intact, deveined
1/2 lemongrass stalk, tough outer layer removed, lightly smashed, finely chopped
1 Fresno chile, with seeds, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
8 oz. rice vermicelli noodles
Vegetable oil (for grilling)
1/2 cucumber, peeled, cut into thin strips
1 medium carrot, peeled, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup salted, roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Thai basil, mint, and/or cilantro sprigs, and pickled shallots for serving
Nuoc Cham for serving

Toss shrimp, lemongrass, chile, garlic, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Cook noodles according to package directions. Using tongs or a spider, transfer noodles to a colander and run under cold water to stop cooking; set aside.

Prepare grill for medium-high heat; oil grill grate. Grill shrimp until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

Top noodles with shrimp, cucumber, carrot, peanuts, herbs, and Pickled Whole Shallots, and serve with Nuoc Cham.

DO AHEAD: Shrimp can be marinated 12 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Shrimp

SHRIMP
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 small jarred or dried Calabrian chiles, minced
20 jumbo shrimp, shelled with tails intact
10 slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise

COCKTAIL SAUCE
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup prepared white horseradish, drained
1 small shallot, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Lemon wedges, for serving

PREPARE THE SHRIMP
In a large baking dish, whisk the 1/2 cup of oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and chiles. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon and add to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour; turn the shrimp halfway through marinating.

MAKE THE COCKTAIL SAUCE
In a bowl, whisk the ketchup, horseradish, shallot, vinegar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

GRILL THE SHRIMP
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; brush with oil. Season the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until the bacon is browned and the shrimp is just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with the cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

Barbecued Shrimp (or Pork, or Beef) with Tomato Salad

1/3 cup packed basil leaves, plus extra leaves for garnish
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 1/4 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons pure ancho chile powder
1 1/2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
24 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 large yellow heirloom tomatoes (1 1/2 pounds), sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

In a blender, puree the 1/3 cup of basil leaves with the olive oil until smooth. Season the oil with salt and black pepper.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a small bowl, mix the sweet smoked paprika with the pure ancho chile powder, light brown sugar, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Brush the shrimp with the canola oil and season all over with the spice mixture. Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat, turning once, until they are lightly charred and cooked through, about 4 minutes total.

Arrange the tomato and onion slices on a platter and drizzle with the basil oil. Top with the shrimp, garnish with the remaining basil leaves and serve.

Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

CUCUMBER WATER
2 large cucumbers (about 1 1/4 pounds)—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon kosher salt

SALAD
2 cups diced (1/2 inch) seedless red watermelon
2 cups diced (1/2 inch) seedless yellow watermelon
1 1/2 pounds red tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
One large cucumber—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup minced shallots
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/4 cup pure olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups baby salad greens

In a blender, puree the cucumbers with the sugar, rice vinegar and salt. Strain the puree through a fine sieve set over a medium bowl. Refrigerate the cucumber water until chilled.

In a large bowl, toss the red and yellow watermelon with the tomatoes, cucumber, shallots, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and tarragon. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and for up to 6 hours.

Shortly before serving, light a grill or heat a grill pan. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the pure olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the shrimp over high heat until browned and just cooked, about 3 minutes per side.

Spoon the watermelon salad into 4 shallow bowls. Arrange the grilled shrimp on top. Ladle the cucumber water into each bowl, top with the baby salad greens and serve.

MAKE AHEAD
The cucumber water can be made up to 1 day ahead. Stir before adding to the salad.

Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon

1/2 cup salted capers—rinsed, soaked for 1 hour and drained
1/2 cup oregano leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
2 1/2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined
Salt

On a cutting board, finely chop the drained capers with the oregano leaves and garlic. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, along with the lemon zest and lemon juice. Season the sauce with pepper.

Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers and grill over high heat, turning once, until the shrimp are lightly charred and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and transfer them to a platter. Spoon the sauce on top and serve.

Ginger-Garlic Grilled Shrimp (or Chicken, or Pork)

SHRIMP
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 1/2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined

DIPPING SAUCE
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 stalks of fresh lemongrass, tender inner bulb only, minced
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Kosher salt

In a large bowl, mix the vegetable oil with the parsley, garlic, basil, ginger, lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours.

In a medium saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Stir in the ginger, garlic and lemongrass and cook over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt. Transfer the sauce to ramekins.

Light a grill. Loosely thread the shrimp onto 10 skewers. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to plates and serve with the tomato sauce.

Grilled Miso Shrimp

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons yellow miso
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 scallions, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sambal oelek

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of the lime juice with the miso, vegetable oil, ginger, garlic and brown sugar. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Thread the shrimp and scallions on eight 8-inch skewers.

Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sambal oelek and the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Serve the shrimp with the sambal mayonnaise.

Curry Grilled Shrimp with Cucumber Salad

1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 1/2 teaspoons mild curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
2 teaspoons finely chopped mint
2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 large English cucumber (1 pound)—halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced on the bias
1 medium jalapeño—halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
Lemon wedges, for serving

Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the curry powder, cayenne, ginger and coriander and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat until slightly charred and white throughout, about 2 minutes per side.

In a medium bowl mix the yogurt with the mint, cilantro, cumin seeds and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir in the cucumber and jalapeño, and season with salt and pepper. Serve the grilled shrimp with the cucumber salad and lemon wedges.

Harissa Grilled Shrimp

2 pounds large shrimp
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup sweet paprika
2 small garlic cloves, finely grated
Kosher salt
Lime wedges, for serving

In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the lime juice and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the caraway, coriander and cumin seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool, then add the crushed red pepper and grind into a powder. In a large bowl, whisk the ground spices with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil, the paprika, garlic and 1/4 cup of water. Season the harissa with salt.

Light a grill. Season the shrimp lightly with salt and grill over high heat, turning, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the shrimp to the harissa and toss to coat. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with lime wedges.

Sheet Pan Dinner Basics

Tips for building sheet pan dinners:

Select a group of vegetables that cook at the same rate (like sweet potatoes and beets, or mushrooms and asparagus) to avoid overcooking one element or undercooking another.

Think seasonally. Almost any vegetable, however strange from your CSA, can be worked into a sheet pan meal.

If you do want to mix a quick-cooking vegetable with a more sturdy variety (think cherry tomatoes with fingerling potatoes), toss the more delicate one in for the last few minutes of baking.

When in doubt, add a sauce to the finished dish. As most sheet pan meals are a basic mix of meat and vegetables, a simple sauce adds welcomed flavor and texture. Pestos, yogurt-based sauces, salsas, chutneys, and mustard spreads can all be prepared ahead of time or in a matter of minutes just before serving.

Line the sheet pan with foil or parchment paper to make cleanup a breeze.

To add a fresh, raw crunch, sprinkle tender greens like baby arugula, spinach, pea shoots, or sprouts over the top of baked sheet pan meals before serving. Toasted nuts like almonds, pine nuts, and cashews also work.

To crisp up chicken skin, sausage casings, and fish skin, turn on the broiler for the final few minutes of cooking.

Marinades and spice rubs are always a welcomed addition to chicken, fish, tofu, and pork. When you have a few extra minutes, marinate the chicken in the fridge or rub salmon fillets with a spice mixture and chill until dinnertime. Most protein is best marinated for at least an hour and as long as overnight. Look to the ingredients of your meal to steer the marinade or rub flavorings.

Not every part of dinner has to be cooked on the sheet pan. Maybe you roast up a tray of fajita fillings to serve with tortillas or you bake chicken thighs and squash to be served over creamy polenta.

Sheet pan dinners are not just for meat eaters. Sliced tofu or tempeh, a variety of beans, whole sweet potatoes (surround them with sliced vegetables or beans, then use those to stuff the potatoes later), and orchard fruit for ice cream sundaes can all be prepared using this basic method.

Fear fish no more. Sheet pan meals take the intimidation out of preparing fish at home, especially for a crowd. Both individual fillets and large sharing sized portions cook up perfectly on a baking sheet.

Don’t be shy: Toss in herbs or sliced citrus; drizzle over some vinegar; add a splash of dry white wine. Experiment with anything that appeals to you.

Basic guidelines for time and temperature:
This list outlines some complementary ingredients pairings based on cooking time and oven temperature. You’ll also want the vegetables you’re cooking together to be more-or-less the same size to promote even cooking.

400° F for 20 to 30 minutes
Veg: cabbage, carrots, turnips, radicchio, apples
Protein: pork chops

400° F for 35 to 40 minutes
Veg: bell peppers, onions, sweet potatoes,
Protein: sausages (pork, chicken, lamb)

425° F for 15 minutes
Veg: bok choy, green beans, scallions, mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, zucchini, leeks, asparagus, lemon rounds
Protein: fish (salmon fillets, large white fish fillet)

425° F for 20 to 30 minutes
Veg: green beans, eggplant, bell peppers, scallions
Protein: tofu

425° F for 35 to 45 minutes
Veg: potatoes, fennel, squash, beets, brussels sprouts, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, orange rounds
Protein: chicken pieces (bone in)

How to save time and get ahead:

Sheet pan dinners can easily be partially or fully assembled before mealtime, eliminating the dinner rush.

Over the weekend, wash, peel, and chop the vegetables so they are waiting for you.

The night before, make a sauce to accompany the finished dish and store it in the fridge.

Marinade or spice rub your protein of choice in the morning, then put it in the fridge until dinnertime.

For especially busy nights, assemble the entire sheet pan meal, wrap, and chill in the fridge ready to slide into a hot oven.

More ideas:

Cook bone-in chicken pieces and all the other ingredients at the same time. So that everything’s done on time, cut sturdier ingredients (like potatoes) into small, uniform pieces. Add any delicate ingredients—like leeks—at the end, like in this harissa chicken with potato and leek recipe.

Rip the skin off chicken and let it crisp on one half of the sheet pan while the chicken and its sauce cooks on the other side. You end up with moist chicken and little skin cracklings.

Roast a whole chicken on a sheet pan until nearly fully roasted. Then toss ingredients into the rendered chicken fat and stick the pan back in the oven until the chicken’s cooked. In the book, Melissa does this with spiced plums, olives, grapes on the vine, lemon slices, and chickpeas. Serve the ingredients alongside the chicken as a side—or…

….take it one step further and turn the accoutrements into a warm salad. Toss greens (like baby kale, or spinach, or watercress) with the ingredients right on the baking sheet so they slightly wilt.

….remove everything from the pan except the pan juices, set the pan on two burners (yep, right on the stove), and make a pan sauce in the sheet pan.

“Grilled” Meats & Friends: When a grill’s not an option, turn on your broiler and broil (not roast) steak, lamb or pork chops, or kebabs until nicely charred. Just as you’d do on a grill, you could throw on onions, fruit (like peaches), or greens so they get a good char as well.

Meatballs: Broil meatballs 4 inches from the heat source for about 7 minutes, depending on the type of meat used. They’ll be moist inside and crisp outside.

Sausages: Bake sausages alongside hearty vegetables (like cauliflower or cabbage) or peppers and onions.

Oven Quesadillas: This is the smartest way to make lots of quesadillas at once! Oil one side of six or so tortillas, then put them oil side down on a baking sheet. Pile up the tortillas with your quesadilla fillings, top with an ungreased tortilla and brush the tops with olive oil. Broil until nice and browned.

Salsa: Dry-roast all the ingredients for a salsa—onion, tomatillo, garlic, jalapeño, poblano—to mimic charring on a stove, but in a hands-off way. You could also conceivably do this with eggplant to make baba ganoush.

Fish: Crisp mushrooms or another vegetable on a sheet pan, then push them aside and add fish (Melissa has recipes that use hake and salmon in the book). Bake just a few minutes, until the fish is cooked through.

Vegetables & Nuts: Five or so minutes before your roasted vegetables are done, toss nuts onto the pan on top of the vegetables, then stick the pan back in the oven. That way, you don’t have to toast your nuts separately—a-ha!

Bready Things: Roll cracker dough directly on the sheet pan to avoid cleaning one more thing. Toast croutons on a sheet pan instead of in a stove-top skillet. Up the ante by adding chopped chicken skin to the torn bread. The skin will render and crisp while it bakes, the fat will coat the croutons.