16 Flavorful Tropical Dishes
Turn up the heat with sweet and spicy island fare.
There are as many different jerk marinades in Jamaica as there are curry powder blends in India. This fragrant version is a little lighter on the hot peppers than some, but feel free to kick it up a notch by adding more, or make it milder by substituting jalapeños.
- Recipe: Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice
Eggs Benedict is a breakfast indulgence, but this version is so delicious you’ll make it any day. Make the crab cakes the evening before for quick work the next day. The hollandaise needs to be made just before serving, but it’s easy and takes less than 15 minutes.
- Recipe: Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict
Don’t let the ingredient list fool you―this recipe is quick and full of flavor. The cool pineapple salsa blends well with the hot cooked shrimp. Try the shrimp and pineapple, topped with slices of a mild cheese, on toasted rolls for a jazzy sandwich.
The sweet-and-sour sauce tastes great on fish or white meat―try it with chicken or pork. If you can’t find guava nectar or jelly in your store, substitute apricot.
We couldn’t stop eating this delicious blend of seafood and fruit. The interesting technique of salting the onions really does make a difference―they become mild enough to not overpower the fruit, but you can still taste their flavor.
Reprinted with permission from Simply Shrimp (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Copyright 2007.
It’s easy to substitute chicken, the key is using thin cutlets. If you can only find large breasts, slice in half horizontally, then pound to an even thinness.
The key to great grilled scallops is a preheated grill. The grates must be hot when the scallops are placed on them, otherwise the scallops with stick and tear. If you are not a grill pro, you can broil in the oven for similar results.
- Recipe: Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette
To make this tasty drink special, be sure to garnish it with fresh pineapple wedges, citrus slices and a cherry. Arrange the fruit on a wooden skewer, then cover with clear wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Recipe: Patio Daddy-O Planter's Punch
You’ll want to cut large sea scallops into pieces so they “cook” evenly in the citrus juices. If you prefer traditionally cooked seafood, blanch the scallops in boiling salted water for 1 or 2 minutes, then proceed with recipe.
- Recipe: Scallop-Papaya Seviche