Do you racking your brain trying to decide what to make for dinner each night? I know I do, almost every day! It’s funny because years ago my grandmother remarked that the hardest part about cooking is deciding what to cook. I guess it’s an age old problem many of us face. Well I have one yummy suggestion for you. Try out this delicious Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp dish. It’s probably one of the simplest shrimp dish you will ever make.
You can make Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp in about half an hour. It’s basically a stir-fry, but with a sweet honey twist.
I serve it with steamed white rice, but it would go well with noodles too! It’s a great addition to your dinner menu!
Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp
2 Lbs. Extra Large Shrimp – shelled & deveined
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Sesame Oil
2 Cloves Garlic – minced
2 Tsp. Sesame Seeds + extra for garnish if desired
1 Stalk Green Onions – chopped + extra for garnish if desired
1 Tbs. Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour or Corn Starch
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tbs. Sesame Oil for frying
Combine all ingredients (except shrimp, Mochiko, and water) in a mixing bowl
Separate about 1/4 of mixture in a small bowl and reserve for later
Toss shrimp in marinade and marinate for about 15 minutes
Heat Sesame oil in wok or frying pan
Dissolve Mochiko flour or corn starch in water
Remove Shrimp from marinade – discard used marinade
Stir fry shrimp in hot sesame oil until it shrimp start to turn pink
Add reserved unused marinade to shrimp
Stir in dissolved Mochiko or corn starch
Stir until sauce thickens slightly
Remove from heat and garnish with extra sesame seeds and green onions
The other week my daughter Jaime and I were discussing dishes she could take to a pot luck at the Hawaiian Club. Now Jaime and her family do not eat beef or pork so we were limited to seafood or poultry. I suggested she make Shoyu Chicken, that’s an easy dish and definitely local Hawaii food. Then I remembered these chicken wings my mother used to make for pot lucks, we called it Sweet Sesame Seed Chicken Wings. They were yummy!
Sweet Sesame Seed Chicken Wings are deep fried sweet garlicy wing pieces. They’re not crispy, but are very juicy, flavorful, and tender.
They take a bit of time to prepare, mostly because they’re deep fried. They’re probably not the healthiest chicken dish you’ll ever have, but they are so worth the time and calories.
I couldn’t find the recipe, in fact I’m not even sure if she had one written down. When I asked her about she couldn’t remember, so I had to figure it out on my own, based on a vague memory. It wasn’t really difficult to figure it out and I was able to make it in time for Super Bowl Sunday. They came out “ono” as we say in Hawaii. My family loved them! I’m sure we’ll be making them for future get togethers and pot lucks.
4 Lbs. Chicken Wings
1 Cup Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar – firmly packed
1 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Sesame Oil
2-3 Cloved Garlic – minced
2 Tbs. Sesame Seeds + extra for garnish if desired
2 Stalks Green Onions – chopped + extra for garnish if desired
Oil for frying
Mix all ingredients together until Mochiko dissolves (except for frying oil and chicken wings) Mixture will be a milky brown
Pour Marinade into large ziplock bag and put chicken wings in
Marinate in refrigerator at least 3 hours
Heat oil and deep fry chicken wings until done, about 10 minutes
Drain on paper towel
Arrange on serving dish and garnish with more chopped green onions and sesame seed if desired
I love cheeseburgers! It’s one of my all time favorite foods and I am always in search of the best burger joints.
Lately “gourmet burgers” seem to be all the rage. Lots of new burger joints are popping up around the country each one with their own specialty burger like Cajun Burgers, Hawaiian Burgers, Avocado Burgers, and so on. And of course these gourmet burgers come in all different sizes from 6 to 8 ounces and more. Then there’s the “make your own” burger where you’re invited to order your burger with everything from an assortment of cheeses and sauces to toppings of bacon, pineapple, avocados, and more.
That’s all good and well, but what happened to the simple good old fashioned Cheeseburger? That perfectly grilled beef patty, reasonably sized of course, topped with good old American cheese, on a toasted hamburger bun possible topped with lettuce and tomato. Sometimes I crave just that, a simple cheeseburger. Honestly most of the time I end up making my own patties and grilling them in the backyard.
But sometimes I don’t want to fire up the grill and at times I can’t eat a full size burger. That’s why I decided to make these sliders. These Cheeseburger Sliders are so easy to make, the kids can do it with some supervision of course.
They’re great for dinner, as an appetizer, or as a snack. You can even freeze them or store leftovers in the fridge, just pop them in the microwave and they’re good to go. They would make a great addition to a tasting party too, they’re sized just right!
Here’s the recipe!
1 Pound Ground Beef
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1 Package King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls
6 Slices American Cheese
1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
1 Tsp. Sesame Seeds
Carefully remove the rolls from the package without separating them.
Cut the sheet of rolls horizontally in half.
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Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and slice along the roll seams. Serve hot with ketchup for dipping.
If you want to freeze them or refrigerate leftovers place them in freezer safe containers. Microwave frozen sliders for 4-5 minutes. Microwave refrigerated sliders for 2 minutes.