Ina Garten’s home in East Hampton has to be the perfect place for a summer party. The Food Network star often has her incredible patio and grill area on her Barefoot Contessa tv program. And when it comes to summer recipes, she’s known for serving fantastic seafood dishes. Here Are 10 Ina Garten Seafood Recipes That Will Be Carrying Barefoot Contessa fans straight to summer in The Hamptons.
1. Seafood gratin is a 5-star side dish
The key to making seafood gratin “incredible” is to use Garten’s homemade seafood stock recipe. But of course buying in the store is fine. This intermediate five-star recipe calls for shrimp, halibut, and lobster. However, you can customize it with whatever seafood you choose.
“Fantastic recipe. Doubled the recipe and increased the amount of seafood. Made with lobster claw meat, shrimp, swordfish and scallops and served with spaghetti aioli,” wrote one satisfied fan.
“Amazing!…Absolutely delicious!” added another. “I replaced cod with halibut. And added scallops. My husband said it was one of the best meals I’ve ever made! Winning recipe.”
2. Go ‘Back to Basics’ with Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Garten’s recipe for Fried Shrimp Scampi comes from her Back to basic cookbook, and it’s one of her favorite dinners to make when she’s having fun. It’s a beginner’s recipe that you can easily make ahead of time for a party. Or it’s just as easy to prepare for a simple weeknight dinner.
3. Lobster Cobb Salad is the perfect summer lunch in the Hamptons
When it comes to a summer lunch in the Hamptons, it doesn’t get any better than Garten’s Lobster Cobb Salad† For the vinaigrette, you’ll need one and a half tablespoons of Dijon mustard, one quarter cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, five tablespoons of olive oil, three quarters teaspoons of salt, and half a teaspoon of pepper.
To make the salad, Garten asks for two ripe Hass avocados, the juice of one lemon, one and a half pounds of cooked lobster meat, one pint of cherry tomatoes, one and a half teaspoons of salt, half a teaspoon of pepper, half a pound of bacon (fried and crumbled ), 3/4 cup crumbly blue cheese, and a bunch of arugula (washed and spun).
4. Roasted Shrimp Cocktail is one of Ina Garten’s favorite seafood bites
One of the easiest recipes on our list just happens to be one of Garten’s favorite appetizers – Roasted Shrimp Cocktail† Simply peel and devein two pounds of shrimp, leaving tails on. Place on a baking sheet with a tablespoon of olive oil, half a teaspoon of kosher salt, and half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
Roast them at 400 degrees for eight to 10 minutes – until they are pink, firm and cooked through.
While the shrimp cools, combine half a cup of chili sauce, half a cup of ketchup, three tablespoons of horseradish, two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, half a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, and a quarter teaspoon of Tabasco to make your dip.
5. Try Ina Garten’s ‘Foolproof’ Recipe for Seared Scallops and Celeriac Mashed Potatoes
The Barefoot Contessa recipe for: Seared Scallops & Potato Celeriac Puree comes from her infallible cookbook, and it does require some kitchen skills and a few gadgets. You will need a saucepan with a lid or a Dutch Oven, a colander and a salad spinner.
This recipe also requires a food processor with a steel blade, two 12-inch sauté pans, and a small metal spatula.
6. Shrimp and Linguine Fra Diavolo is a seafood recipe that can be on the table in 30 minutes
An easy weeknight seafood dinner to make on a summer evening is Garten’s Shrimp and Linguine Fra Diavolo — and this five-star recipe can be on the table in just 30 minutes. We should note that reviewers warn against using the whole box of pasta, as it is not necessary.
“Reasonably easy and delicious in taste. We thought maybe there was a little too much pasta and added about a tablespoon of tomato paste towards the end of cooking to add another little dimension of richness,” said one fan.
Another wrote: “Yummy! Just enough kick. I didn’t use all the pasta. Would also be good with other proteins.”
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7. Shrimp and swordfish curry is packed with seafood, veggies and spices
Garten’s recipe for Shrimp & Swordfish Curry is one of her husband’s favorites because it comes from the cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey† This is an easy to make beginner recipe that essentially requires you to throw everything in a Dutch oven and let it simmer.
Make sure your spice cabinet is stocked with curry powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground turmeric, and ground cayenne pepper.
You will also need ground cloves, unsalted butter, olive oil, yellow onions, red bell pepper, minced garlic, fresh ginger, chopped jalapeño pepper, diced canned plum tomatoes, mussel stock, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, swordfish, shrimp, and lime.
8. Fish and Lobster Cakes are an ‘Absolutely Delicious’ Seafood Recipe
The recipe for Garten’s Fish and lobster cakes calls for a long list of ingredients, and they do take some time and skill in the kitchen. But the results are “absolutely delicious”.
To make the homemade Rémoulade sauce, you’ll need good quality mayonnaise, such as Hellmann’s, plus chopped cornichons, whole-wheat mustard, and champagne or white wine vinegar. And, of course, you’ll need some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
9. ‘Cook Like A Pro’ When Making Ina Garten’s Cioppino
As with the Seafood Gratin, when you make Garten’s you are making Garten’s homemade seafood stock cioppino† From her cookbook Cook like a proCioppino is an easy seafood stew that’s packed with shrimp, scallops, clams, and cod.
To make the seafood stock, you will need olive oil, one pound shells of king prawns, yellow onion, carrots, celery sticks, garlic cloves, dry white wine, tomato paste, fresh thyme, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. †
10. Lemon Paste with Roasted Shrimp is delicious both hot and cold
Another easy weekday dinner from Garten is here Lemon Paste with Roasted Shrimp† All you need is two pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined, good olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, one pound of angel hair paste, half a stick of unsalted butter (melted), and the zest and juice of two lemons.
This recipe is delicious when served warm for dinner, and cold leftovers are just as good for lunch the next day!
The Barefoot Contessa airs on Sundays on The Food Network.
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