Main Dishes

Crawfish Étouffée

Makes 4 to 6 servings Étouffée is the name given to dishes like this one that are gently cooked in a covered pot. Crawfish, or crayfish, are sold live or as cooked meat. If you buy crawfish meat, look for the words fat-on. Crawfish fat is an integral part of […]

Main Dishes

Malaysian Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

Makes 6 servings Char kwey teow is probably one of the most iconic noodle dishes in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Commonly sold at the hawker centers of the region, the recipes for char kwey teow vary from vendor to vendor. Most feature wide ribbon–style rice noodles, Chinese sausage, eggs, and […]

Soups and Stews

Pacific Seafood Chowder

Makes 8 servings This is a favorite cold-day recipe from The Cuisines of the Americas at The Culinary Institute of America. Use whatever fresh fish and seafood you’d like, including clams, mussels, lobster, or cod. Ingredients 3/4 cup dry white wine 1 sachet d’epices, including 1 crushed garlic clove, one […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Purchasing Shrimp

Shrimp is an easy-to-cook protein, not to mention delicious (shrimp cocktail will never go out of style), but can be sort of confusing to pick out. So many sizes and names, not to mention the choice between farm-raised and wild-caught. Keep reading for a quick refresher on the must-knows for […]

Soups and Stews

Seafood Gumbo

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper Pinch freshly ground black pepper Pinch cayenne Pinch hot paprika Pinch dried thyme Pinch dried oregano 1 tablespoon canola oil or unsalted butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups diced onion 1 1/2 cups diced […]

Soups and Stews

Shrimp Bisque

Makes 6 servings Ingredients 13 oz shrimp shells (from about 4 lb shrimp) (see note) 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter 1 1/2 cups minced onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, plus more as needed 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/4 cup brandy 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 […]

Chef's Blog

Traditional New Year’s Eve Oysters

Across much of the world, oysters are an iconic New Year food tradition, but especially in France, where pop-up oyster stalls emerge throughout Paris to supply the city with this holiday staple. Few foods are as polarizing as oysters. Diners either passionately endorse the intake of these bivalves or are […]