Happy #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!
We all know seafood is wonderful with just a squeeze of lemon, splash of olive oil or dash of Old Bay. But when we’re craving something a little bit different, we reach for the balsamic vinegar. Whether it’s a marinade, sauce or finishing touch on a seafood dish, this sweet and tangy condiment is one of the most versatile tools in our Seafoodie bag of tricks!
Mastering Balsamic 101 is a cinch: Just drizzle some store-bought balsamic glaze over grilled shrimp, or use it to baste salmon fillets before popping them in the oven. If you want to take it up a notch and go for a Balsamic Arts degree, you can make your own glaze at home. We’ve rounded up some spectacular seafood recipes to show you how easy it is to cook with balsamic vinegar. Whether you prefer your seafood sautéed, baked, pan-fried or seared, it will always taste amazing with a balsamic marinade or reduction.
Balsamic vinegar can add an intense jolt to seafood without weighing it down, which makes it just right for early-fall meals. Golden-brown calamari and scallops drizzled with balsamic glaze are a crowd-pleasing appetizer or passed hors d’oeuvre — be sure to grab one before they disappear! Tender shrimp tossed in a butter and balsamic sauce is so simple and flavorful, you’ll want to add it to your regular recipe rotation. And balsamic-marinated and blackened tuna is just what the steak-lover ordered: pink inside with a savory crust.
If you’re working toward the recommended 2 to 3 servings of seafood a week and ISO some fresh ideas, cooking with balsamic can help you bust the recipe rut. Plus, you’ll be getting all the nutritional benefits seafood offers: satisfying protein, heart-healthy omega-3s, a boatload of vitamins and minerals and the list goes on! Since most of these scrumptious seafood dishes can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less, there’s really no reason not to live life on the balsamic side, don’t you agree?
Shrimp, balsamic vinegar, butter and some fresh herbs are all that’s needed to make this delightful, quick-cooking dish. Serve with brown rice and a green vegetable for a nicely balanced meal.
Talk about flavor-forward! This pan-seared salmon is drizzled with a balsamic glaze that’s infused with rosemary, mustard, honey and garlic.
Get ‘em while they’re hot! Tender scallops and chewy calamari are pan-fried until golden brown, then topped with a balsamic-grape juice reduction.
You’ll want to add this one to your 30-minute pasta repertoire! Tender shrimp are simmered in balsamic dressing, then tossed with pasta and a creamy balsamic sauce that’s spiked with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.
You haven’t really tasted stuffed mushrooms until you try these fabulous fungi filled with delicate crab, ricotta and Parmesan and topped with crunchy panko breadcrumbs.
Super-fast and low-carb! Pan-searing balsamic-marinated tuna in a cast-iron skillet gives it a spicy crust while keeping it juicy inside.