Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 14, 2023



1 medium head Napa cabbage (about 2 pounds)
1/4 C. iodine-free sea salt or kosher salt 
Water, preferably distilled or filtered
1 T. grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
1 t. grated, peeled fresh ginger
1 t. granulated sugar
2 T. fish sauce or salted shrimp paste, or 3 tablespoons water
1 to 5 T. Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
8 oz. Korean radish or daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 medium scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Cut the cabbage lengthwise through the stem into quarters. 
  2. Cut the cores from each piece. 
  3. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips.
  4. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. 
  5. Using your hands, massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit. 
  6. Add enough water to cover the cabbage. 
  7. Put a plate on top of the cabbage and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. 
  8. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
  9. Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times. 
  10. Set aside to drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  11. Meanwhile, make the spice paste.
  12. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting. 
  13. Add the garlic, ginger, sugar, and fish sauce, shrimp paste, or water and stir into a smooth paste.
  14. Stir in the gochugaru, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy; set aside until the cabbage is ready.
  15. Combine the vegetables and spice paste. 
  16. Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and add it to the spice paste. 
  17. Add the radish and scallions.
  18. Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated.  The gloves are optional here but highly recommended to protect your hands from stings, stains, and smells!
  19. Pack the kimchi into a 1-quart jar(s). Press down on the kimchi until the brine (the liquid that comes out) rises to cover the vegetables, leaving at least 1 inch of space at the top. 
  20. Seal the jar.
  21. Place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow. Let the jar stand at cool room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 1 to 5 days. 
  22. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid.
  23. Check the kimchi once a day, opening the jar and pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. 
  24. Taste a little at this point, too! 
  25. When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. 
  26. You may eat it right away, but it's best after another week or two. 

Monday, February 27, 2023

Tteokbokki – Spicy Korean Rice Cakes



1 C. rice cake (dduk/tteok) for tteokbokki (5-6 oz.)
2 t. Korean spicy bean paste (gochujang)
2 t. sugar
1 t. soy sauce
3/4 C. water
Sesame seeds (optional)
Sesame oil (optional)


  1. If your tteok/dduk is frozen, defrost by soaking in cold water for a few minutes and drain.
  2. Add water, gochujang and sugar to a pan and bring to a boil on medium high heat.
  3. Add the tteokbokki tteok to the gochujang water and lower the heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes until broth is reduced and sauce is thick.
  4. For extra flavor, sprinkle some sesame seeds and/or a swirl of sesame oil.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Spicy IPA Pickles

4 English Cucumbers, sliced or cut into spears
5 cloves of garlic, minced, per quart jar
1 t. whole peppercorns, per quart jar
2 t. dill seed, per quart jar
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes, per quart jar
1/2 t. Calcium Chloride (aka Pickle Crisp), per quart jar

For Brine:
1 bottle IPA beer, for each 2 jars
3/4 c. distilled vinegar, for each 2 jars - Add extra for slices
3/4 c. apple cider vinegar, for each 2 jars - Add extra for slices
3 T. Kosher salt, for each 2 jars

  1. Add pickle slices/spears to jars snugly.
  2. Add garlic, peppercorns, dill seed, crushed red pepper, Pickle Crisp to each jar.
  3. To prepare brine, add IPA, distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and salt to a large pot.
  4. Bring to a boil.  Be careful not to boil over.
  5. Once mixture boils, turn off heat.
  6. Ladle into jars.
  7. Securely place lids on jars.
  8. Shake jars to distribute seasonings.
  9. Let jars cool on counter for an hour.
  10. Refrigerate for a week to allow flavors to blend.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Honey Chile Shrimp

3 T. olive oil
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 limes, 2 zested and juiced and 1 halved
3 green onions, chopped, whites and greens separated
1 mounded T. chile garlic paste
2 T. honey

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp start to turn pink and are almost cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  4. Add the lime zest and the whites of the green onions. 
  5. Stir into the shrimp and cook until the onion whites soften, about a minute, then add the chile garlic paste, honey and lime juice. 
  6. Stir to combine, then continue to cook until the sauce has a syrupy consistency, an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a small platter and garnish with the green onion tops. 
  8. Zest one of the lime halves over the dish, then cut the remaining half into wedges and serve alongside. 
Total Time:  20 minutes
Serves 2 - 4

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Grilled Shrimp Poppers with Chorizo & Bacon

12 extra-large jalapeno peppers, grilled or roasted
4 strips thick-cut bacon
1 small sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. Mexican chorizo
1 C. previously grilled or sautéed shrimp, chopped
1 C. cheese
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Grill or roast the peppers for 20 minutes, or just until peppers are cooked through, but still firm.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Cook the bacon at medium/low heat until crispy.
  3. In the same pan, add the onions and garlic. 
  4. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for 6 to 7 minutes.
  5. Add the Mexican chorizo and cook for another 6 to 7 minutes, breaking down the chorizo as it cooks.   If there is too much grease in the pan, drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  6. Slice the jalapenos in half, lengthwise and remove the seeds and veins.
  7. In a bowl, combine the chorizo mixture, bacon, shrimp, and shredded cheese.
  8. Fill all jalapenos.
  9. Chill the stuffed peppers for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  11. Bake the poppers for 10 to 12 minutes, then for 1 to 2 minutes under the broiler.
  12. Garnish with your favorite salsa.

Tip:  Grill peppers and shrimp ahead of time, even a day ahead of time.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

1 1/2 lbs. Jalapeno Peppers
2 C. white vinegar
2 C. water
1/2 t. salt per pint

Also needed:
3 pint jars w/rings and lids
gloves (optional)

Sterilize Jars:
  1. Wash 1-pint Mason jars in hot suds and rinse in scalding water.
  2. Put jars in a pot and cover with hot water.
  3. Bring water to a boil, covered, and boil jars 15 minutes from the time that steam emerges.
  4. Turn off heat and let jars stand in hot water.
  5. Just before they are filled, invert jars onto a kitchen towel to dry (Jars should be filled while they are still hot).
  6. Sterilize jar lids 5 minutes, or according to manufacturer's instructions.
Prepare Jalapeno Peppers:
  1. Combine the white vinegar and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring it to a boil, lower heat and simmer while preparing the jalapeno peppers.
  3. If using gloves, put them on now.
  4. Wash peppers, drain and slice into 1/4 inch rounds, discarding stems.
  5. For milder flavor, remove the seeds.
  6. Pack the peppers in glass jars to within 1/2 inch of the top and cover with the boiling vinegar-water, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
  7. Add salt to jars.
  8. After filling the glass jars, work the blade of a knife down the side of the jar to remove air bubbles, and add more liquid if needed to cover the peppers.
  9. Wipe the ring and the jar rim clean and screw on the cap.
  10. Place jars in boiling pot of water for 10 minutes.
  11. After 10 minutes remove the jars from the boiling water.
  12. Listen for the pop, indicating that the jars are sealed.
  13. Allow the jalapeno peppers to cure for a minimum of 6 weeks.