Summer is on its way and with the warm weather will come plenty an outdoor gathering. Unfortunately, wearing a skimpy bikini is diametrically opposed to snacking on chips and dip all day. If you are looking for a healthy and tasty alternative to the usual calorie laden hors d’oeuvres, check out these five healthy and delicious seafood appetizers. They make the most of summer’s fresh caught seafood, packing on the flavor without causing you to pack on the pounds.
This flavorful and healthy seafood appetizer is ubiquitous all over Latin America. Made by cooking raw fish in citrus juice, the dish can be prepared in countless variations to suit your taste. In order to keep things healthy, serve the ceviche with plantain chips or cucumber slices instead of fried tortilla chips. Raw white ﬁsh like mahi mahi, cubedRed onion, dicedAvocados, dicedTomatoes, dicedCilantro, choppedFresh lime juiceJalapeno, mincedGarlic, mincedSea salt Fresh cracked black pepperCombine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes in order to allow flavors to mingle.
This Japanese favorite is always a hit at parties. The key to quality sushi is undoubtedly fresh, high quality fish. Ask your local fish monger for sashimi grade tuna or salmon. These two types of fish lend themselves to a variety of different rolls and are pleasing to most palates. It is also key to make sure that your knives are very sharp before preparing the sushi in order to ensure the most beautiful presentation. Swapping brown rice for white ups the nutrition factor without sacrificing flavor.Nori sheetsBrown rice, cookedAvocado, slicedRaw tuna, slicedRaw salmon, slicedCucumber, slicedSesame seedsPickled gingerSoy Sauce WasabiBamboo sushi matPlace a single nori sheet on top of the bamboo sushi mat. Spread a thin layer of brown rice, about 1/2 a cup, over the nori. Place avocado, cucumber, tuna, and salmon in one thin line across the top of the rice covered nori from left to right. Use the bamboo mat to shape the nori and fillings into a tight roll. Using a very sharp knife, slice the sushi into 3/4 of an inch thick rolls. Serve sushi rolls with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.
Poke is what would happen if sushi and ceviche met, fell in love, and had a delicious baby. Like ceviche, poke is made with diced, raw fish. Like sushi, it is seasoned with traditionally Asian flavors like soy sauce and sesame seeds to create a light and healthy appetizer that is full of flavor. The following recipe uses pineapple to add a sweet and fruity bite to the exotic dish. Sashimi grade ahi or salmon, cubedSweet onion, thinly slicedFresh pineapple, cubed and juice reservedScallionGarlicSesame seedsSesame oilGrated gingerChopped macadamia nutsSea saltCombine all ingredients in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours to let the flavors mingle before serving.
Sometimes simple is best. If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe to please a crowd this summer, give the classic shrimp cocktail a whirl. The dish is quick to prepare, healthy, and sure to please your guests. The thing about classics is that they have to be done right. Soggy shrimp and store bought cocktail sauce are not going to impress anybody. That said, a plump juicy shrimp with just the right bite dipped into a tangy, perfectly seasoned cocktail sauce and spritzed with a squeeze of lemon is guaranteed to satisfy in ways that only a classic dish can. Homemade vegetable stockLarge shrimp, peeled and deveinedKetchupLemon zestPrepared horseradishWorcestershire sauceHot sauceLemon wedgesSea saltBring a pot full of homemade vegetable stock to a boil and add shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes until shrimp begin to curl and turn pink. Drain the shrimp and place over ice. Combine lemon zest, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce in a bowl to make cocktail sauce. Sprinkle chilled shrimp with sea salt and serve with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce. Summer parties don’t have to mean weight gain. With these light and flavorful seafood appetizers, you can enjoy all the flavors of summer without sacrificing your waistline. The key to all of the above dishes is using the freshest and highest quality seafood available. Check with your local fish monger or grocer to find out what types of seafood are the freshest and adapt any of the above recipes to suit. Bonus points if you catch your own!