Easy Salmon & Asparagus in Foil

Quick and easy foil packets of salmon and asparagus baked in the oven make this dairy-free / gluten-free high protein dinner something to look forward to on a busy night. Thaw frozen fillets in the refrigerator during the day so they are ready to cook when you get home from work.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 14-17 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients

2 SALMON fillets
1/2 teaspoon ROASTED GARLIC POWDER
1/2 teaspoon PAPRIKA
1/2 teaspoon ground BLACK PEPPER
1/2 teaspoon KOSHER SALT
1/2 pound ASPARAGUS SPEARS, trim the ends off
1/2 cup VEGAN BUTTER, melted (EARTH BALANCE Non-soy sticks)
3 tablespoons LEMON JUICE
1/2 tablespoon GARLIC, minced
1 teaspoon BASIL

Directions

  • PREHEAT the oven to 400 degrees F
  • PREPARE 2 sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 12X18″)
  • CUT the ends off the asparagus and divide the bunch in 2
  • In a small bowl, MIX garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  • SPRINKLE 1/2 the dry mixture on one side of the salmon fillets and RUB gently totally covering the fillets
  • FLIP the salmon fillets and SPRINKLE the other 1/2 of the dry mixture and RUB gently to ensure fillets are well seasoned
  • PLACE each salmon fillet in the center of a foil sheet
  • PLACE 1 asparagus bunch next to each fillet on the foil
  • In a small bowl, MIX the melted butter, lemon juice, minced garlic and basil
  • Turn the edges up on the foil packets a little bit so that the butter doesn’t overflow and POUR the butter mixture over everything
  • SEAL the foil packets:
    • With the fillet and asparagus in the center of the foil sheet, BRING the long sides together in the center
    • CREASE the pieces together and tightly fold in a downward motion, continuing to create folds until the foil lies flat against the packet’s top
    • FOLD the shorter sides inward in a similar fashion. You don’t want the steam or juices to escape.
  • BAKE in the oven for 12-14 minutes
  • Carefully OPEN the tops of the foil packets and BROIL for 2 more minutes
  • SERVE with an additional side of rice if so desired
  • STORE in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 1-2 days

Asparagus Salmon Foil Packet dinner inspired by www.eazypeaszymeals.com

Foil Packet instructions inspired by https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/how-to-cook-in-foil-packets/

Gluten-Free Maple Dijon Shrimp

Shrimp is my quick and easy dinner protein, especially because I can use frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp in only 10 minutes. This sauce is sweet and tangy and sticks perfectly to the shrimp, making it just right for licking your fingers. I buy a 2 lb bag of frozen large shrimp when I find it on sale so that I always have some on hand. If you have time, make the sauce about 30 minutes before and let the shrimp marinate in the refrigerator allowing for a more robust flavor. I served the shrimp over vegetable infused quinoa with steamed seasonal vegetables.

Preparation Time: 12 minutes

Cooking Time: 6-8 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 lb of SHRIMP, peeled and deveined (I like tail-on)
1/2 cup MAPLE SYRUP
2 tablespoons of LEMON JUICE
2 tablespoons of GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE
2 teaspoons DIJON MUSTARD
1 teaspoons GINGERROOT, minced
1 tablespoons of extra virgin OLIVE OIL
Dried PARSLEY
Sides:
Stovetop Quinoa (15-20 minutes)
Frozen seasonal vegetables (6-7 minutes)

Directions

  • PREPARE SHRIMP
    • If using frozen shrimp, you can quickly DEFROST them by placing the amount of shrimp you want to cook in a colander. Place the colander in a large bowl and run it under cold water until water covers the shrimp. Let the shrimp sit in the cold water for about 10 minutes. PULL the shrimp out of the water and RINSE with fresh water. DRAIN and PAT DRY before adding to marinade.
    • If you use shell on shrimp, which adds more flavor to the dish, it can get messy to eat. I prefer to remove the shells prior to cooking or purchase already shelled shrimp. But I do leave the tails on. It’s a personal choice.
    • DEVEIN the shrimp before cooking if you are taking the shell off
  • PREPARE QUINOA or RICE per package directions (15-20 minutes)
  • PREPARE MARINADE
    • In a large bowl (big enough for the shrimp), WHISK together maple syrup, lemon juice, gingerroot, gluten-free soy sauce, and mustard
    • ADD the thawed shrimp and MIX well to cover
    • If you have the time, REFRIGERATE for 30 minutes
  • PREPARE VEGETABLES per package directions (~8 minutes)
  • HEAT olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • ADD the marinated shrimp to the skillet, spreading the shrimp out evenly in the pan and add some leftover marinade as well to heat as additional sauce
  • COOK the shrimp for 2 minutes and then TURN them over and cook another 2 minutes (this is mostly to heat them if using precooked shrimp). COOK 3-4 minutes a side if using uncooked shrimp, until they turn a nice pink.
  • REMOVE from heat and SPRINKLE with dried parsley
  • SERVE over quinoa or rice with a side of seasonal vegetables, using extra sauce if you like
  • STORE in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 2 days

My Maryland Crabcakes – Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free – Fried or Broiled

Living in Maryland makes me a blue crab snob, for sure. Trying to get Gluten Free Crabcakes anywhere but in my own kitchen, is close to impossible. Most people use bread crumbs for filler, so I created a gluten-free and dairy-free crabcake with just the right amount of Old Bay seasoning that is both moist and flaky. As a condiment, I make my own cocktail sauce, which far surpasses anything in a bottle. My family loves crab and even the non-gluten-free people are in love with these cakes, Note that this recipe for 4 only fed 2 for dinner at my house. Some options to extend it might be to double the recipe (but right now lump crab is $70 a pound), make them smaller and use them as an appetizer, or extend them with a pound of claw crab meat. I updated this recipe in June 2021 to add a broil option for those that like it that way as well as changed around the order of mixing, because it works better.

Preparation time: 10 minutes + (minumum)1 hour in refrigerator

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes per cake

Servings: 4 (8 cakes)

Ingredients

1 pound fresh LUMP CRAB (Maryland jumbo lump or backfin)
1/4 cup MAYONNAISE
1-1/2 teaspoon DIJON MUSTARD
1-1/2 teaspoon OLD BAY seasoning (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon WORCESTERSHIRE sauce
1 teaspoon LEMON JUICE
1/4 teaspoon KOSHER SALT
1/4 to 1/2 cup Italian style gluten-free BREAD CRUMBS (start with 1/4)
1 teaspoon PARSLEY
1 EGG, lightly beaten
1/2 cup VEGAN BUTTER

Directions

  • DRAIN crab, if necessary, and PICK through for shells. The good-quality jumbo lump should not have shells. Place cleaned crab meat in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, WHISK together mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt.
  • FOLD in the crab meat gently, trying not to separate the lumps. Combine well.
  • SPRINKLE the parsley and breadcrumbs over the crab mixture and mix gently but fully, once again trying not to break the lumps. Be careful not to mash them too much, you want the lumps to be whole.
  • In a small bowl, BEAT the egg lightly and pour over the crab/breadcrumb mixture folding gently with your hands. (Don’t over mix.)
  • COVER the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (I put them in the refrigerator usually a few hours before cooking.)
  • When ready to cook, take the bowl out of the refrigerator and with clean damp hands, FORM the chilled crab mixture into 8* cakes, about 3-inches wide by 1-inch thick (kind of like flat baseballs). Place the formed cakes on a clean plate.
    • Or make 12 2-inches wide by 1-inch thick cakes and serve as an appetizer
  • TO FRY
    • HEAT a large skillet on medium-high heat. ADD butter and heat for about 2 minutes until the butter becomes frothy.
    • ADD the cakes to the pan. (8 1-inch cakes should all fit into a 12-inch skillet.)
    • FRY the crab cake on medium-high for about 4 minutes until golden brown then FLIP the cake and reduce heat to medium-low for another 4 minutes, until the other side is golden.
    • SERVE cakes immediately with cocktail sauce (or tartar if you prefer).
  • TO BROIL
    • PRE-HEAT the broiler in your oven.
    • PLACE the formed cakes on a parchment paper-lined backing sheet.
    • Slightly SPRINKLE them with Old Bay seasoning.
    • BROIL the cakes for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • STORE leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 days.

Inspired by Classic Maryland Crab Cakes Recipe by Susie Middleton, Fine Cooking Issue 99