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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beer Batter Cod


2 lbs. Skinned and boned cod fillets
3 eggs
1/2 can cold beer
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal


Beat eggs until fluffy. Add beer and 1 tsp. salt. In separate bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and remaining salt. Dip fillets into liquid batter then into dry mixture, and back into liquid batter. Fry in butter or cooking oil until light brown and fish flakes with a fork. Note: For best results use flat beer.

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Down Home Cooking Simple and Hearty

Explore the great taste of down-home down east coast seafood using these unique tried and tested recipes. Explore fish cooking in keeping with age old traditions.

These are simple recipes that you can use to make hearty fish dishes to warm the hungry body and the soul. Try then with naturally grown fresh vegetables and homemade bread, butter and rolls. Your family will like them.

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Here is another favorite yet simple recipe.

Newfoundland Style Baked Halibut


4 thin slices salt pork
1 onion, sliced
2 lb halibut slices
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning or sage
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs
lemon juice

Directions :

Lay salt pork in a casserole dish. Add thinly sliced onion to casserole dish. Lay slices of halibut over top of onions. Cover with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 400 F for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika and lemon juice before serving. (Serves 4)

Newfoundland Cod Fish Cakes


1 lb. salt cod freshened, cooked and flaked;
2 tbs. margarine;
1 medium finely chopped onion,
6 raw potatoes
1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. Pepper, 1 tbs. savoury.


Freshen salt cod by soaking it overnight by covering in cold water. Drain, and place in a stew pot, and cover with fresh water. Bring to simmer with low heat. Drain, if the fish is still too salt, add fresh cold water, and bring to simmer again, and drain.
Boil potatoes until tender and mash.
Heat margarine in a frying pan until hot.
Add chopped onions and cook until translucent.
Blend cooked onion into mashed potatoes, together with cooked flaked cod, savoury, salt, pepper.
Shape into cakes, and dust lightly with flour.
Fry in a small amount of heated margarine 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown.

Serve hot, with freshly baked homemade bread or rolls and butter, and a garden salad. (Serves 6)

Note: I have substituted crab, salmon, Arctic Char, tilapia and other fish in this recipe. If it isn't salted fish skip the freshen part and cook only once.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Grilled Salmon Two Ways

We kept this pair of recipes simple. For option 1 you can add your favorite sauce to enhance the grilled salmon or garnish with just a wedge of lemon. Serve with roasted new potatoes and a simple salad.

Option 1

1 whole salmon fillet, about 1 kg (2 lb)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Heat barbecue to medium. Oil grill to prevent sticking.

Directions Place fillet, skin side down, on barbecue. Close lid and let salmon cook through, 10 to 15 minutes. Place on a platter and serve.
Makes 4 servings.

Option 2

60 ml (4 tbsp) mayonnaise (full fat is best)
15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice
5 ml (1 tsp) salt
15 ml (1 tbsp) freshly ground pepper
1 whole salmon fillet, about 1 kg (2 lb) Heat barbecue to medium. Oil grill to prevent sticking.


In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place fillet, skin side down, on a sheet of foil and evenly spread mayonnaise mixture over top. Tent some foil over salmon and place on barbecue. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes until fish is cooked through. Place on a platter and serve.
Makes 4 servings.

Seafood Pasta Salad

“The secret to its taste is the tangy marinade, which is absorbed by the pasta before dressing is added.” It makes a great summer lunch or light dinner.


250 g (1/2 lb) dried rotini (spinach or tri-colour pasta is a nice touch)
250 ml (1 cup) shrimp, crab or any combination of cooked fish
Chopped fresh dill, to garnish


50 ml (1/4 cup) red wine vinegar
45 ml (3 tbsp) lemon juice
10 ml (2 tsp) finely chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 dried chili pepper, crumbled


125 ml (1/2 cup) mayonnaise
125 ml (1/2 cup) cream cheese
50 ml (1/4 cup) wine vinegar
2 ml (1/2 tsp) Dijon mustard
10 ml (2 tsp) finely chopped fresh dill
15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice


Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente (8 to 10 minutes), then drain and place in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine red wine vinegar, lemon juice, basil, garlic and chili and pour over hot pasta.
Let pasta cool in marinade and then refrigerate until chilled. Drain excess liquid after cooling.
In a bowl, combine dressing ingredients and toss with pasta to mix well. Refrigerate if not serving immediately. Mix in seafood just before serving. Garnish with fresh dill.
Makes 4 servings.

Bob's Cedar Planked Grilled Fish

Dry rub seasoning
Makes ¼ cup
2 teaspoons freshly grated pepper
1 teaspoon dried, grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon Sea salt crystals
2 teaspoons light brown sugar

Place dry rub ingredients in a food processor or spice grinder and process until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl or cup, wrap tightly and store at room temperature until ready to use.

Main Prep and Grill Method
1 cedar BBQ grilling plank
2 six-ounce fillet pieces of Arctic Char, Trout or Salmon fillet, fresh or thawed, about 2 inches thick, skin removed
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges

1. Soak the cedar plank for at least 5 hours.
2. Place the fish fillets on wax paper. Sprinkle both sides of the fish evenly with the dry rub (1 ½ teaspoon per serving). Press the seasoning into the flesh.
3. Refrigerate the fish pieces, uncovered, for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.
4. Place the fish pieces in the center of the cedar plank. Squeeze a lemon wedge over the salmon. Place the plank on a grill. If using a gas grill, preheat on high then turn down to medium before placing the planks on the grill. If using a charcoal grill, wait until coals are covered with gray ash. Cover with a lid.
5. There will be some crackling and heavy smoke. Keep a water bottle handy in case the planks begin to flame. If they do, spray lightly and cover again. Fish should take 8 to 10 minutes to cook, depending on the thickness and the heat of the grill. Remove when the fish reaches an internal temperature of 120F to 125F. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

Use Arctic Char Rainbow Trout or Salmon depending on your desire, the season and fish availability.

Once you discover the taste of salmon cooked on cedar planks you will never want to settle for any other type of salmon. Original written By Robert Freeman for

Newfoundland Island Recipes: June 2012

Newfoundland Island Recipes

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Beer Batter Cod

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Bob's Cedar Planked Grilled Fish

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Crab-stuffed Flounder (or sole)

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Down Home Cooking Simple and Hearty

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Fisherman’s Lasagna

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Grilled Salmon Two Ways

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Lobster Corn Chowder

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Newfoundland Cod Fish Cakes

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Salmon Pie

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Scallop Splendor

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Seafood Pasta Salad

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Shrimp Quichettes

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Smoked Arctic Char Hot Dipping Recipe

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Spiced Newfoundland Herring

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Basic Fish Recipes

Newfoundland Island Recipes: How to Select Fresh Fish

Newfoundland Island Recipes: Tips for Buying Fish Online

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