Sometimes, all it takes is the perfect sauce to transform a simple dinner into a culinary masterpiece. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, these mouthwatering and easy-to-make sauce recipes will take your seafood dishes to new heights.
Introducing Grace Parisi, Our Sauce Expert
Here at Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we take pride in serving top-notch seafood dishes. To bring you the best sauce recipes, we’ve enlisted the help of our resident sauce expert, Culinary Director Grace Parisi. With her extensive experience and a prestigious James Beard Award nomination under her belt, she knows a thing or two about creating sauces that will tantalize your taste buds.
By mastering just one of Grace Parisi’s sauce recipes, you’ll always have the answer to the age-old question of what to cook for dinner.
Creamy Lemon Herb Pan Sauce
This timeless pan sauce is a true gem. It’s incredibly simple to make, yet it adds an explosion of flavor to your fish dishes. All you need are cream, lemon, and a blend of your favorite herbs. The secret lies in using the residual flavors left in the pan after cooking the fish. It’s a foolproof way to elevate your meal to new heights.
Easy Lemon-Pepper Aioli
If you’re a fan of tangy and garlicky flavors, you’ll fall in love with this aioli. Made with a base of mayo, lemon juice, olive oil, and aromatic garlic, it’s the perfect accompaniment to fried seafood dishes like fish and chips, crab, or fish cakes. The best part? You don’t even have to make your own mayo from scratch. Simply mix the ingredients together and enjoy the explosion of flavors.
Tangy Salsa Verde
Salsa verde, also known as “green sauce,” is a versatile and customizable sauce that allows you to unleash your creativity in the kitchen. With this sauce, you can experiment with various herbs to suit your taste. Drizzle it over any dish to take it to a whole new level of deliciousness. Trust us, you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds.
Take your taste buds on a Mediterranean journey with this flavorful Catalan sauce. Our version swaps out roasted tomatoes for sun-dried tomatoes, adding a tangy twist to balance the sweetness of the bell pepper. It’s a match made in heaven for grilled or roasted fish and adds depth to a brothy seafood stew.
Dead-Simple Tartar Sauce
For a classic seafood experience, look no further than this tartar sauce. While you can’t go wrong with the traditional recipe, it’s fun to experiment by swapping ingredients. Try using cornichons or dill pickles and capers instead of sweet relish, or add a touch of tarragon for a sophisticated twist. Your fish sandwiches will never be the same again.
Hailing from Argentina, this herb-based sauce is traditionally paired with grilled meat. However, its tangy and punchy flavors also make it an exceptional companion for seafood. Whether you’re indulging in rich fish like salmon or sablefish or enjoying the sweetness of spot shrimp or crab, this sauce will elevate every bite.
Classic Basil Pesto
This timeless sauce needs no introduction. Mix a spoonful of basil pesto with softened butter and let it melt over perfectly cooked halibut for a heavenly experience. Alternatively, toss it with pasta and tender salmon or juicy spot shrimp for a quick and satisfying meal.
Thai Peanut Sauce
Ready to explore the vibrant flavors of Thai cuisine? Mastering this basic peanut sauce opens up a world of possibilities. With a blend of fish sauce, peanut butter, curry paste, and lime juice, you’ll have the secret to homemade takeout right at your fingertips. Serve it satay-style on grilled fish or shrimp skewers for an irresistible treat.
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Ready to take your seafood dishes to a whole new level? In the next section, we’ll dive into the first sauce recipe: the Creamy Lemon Herb Pan Sauce.