Dinner in 25 Minutes

Seafood Grill With Sesame Dipping Sauce

4 servings

When there's no time for a marinade, let your dipping sauce double as a basting sauce. It subtly but surely reinforces the flavor.

Adapted from "The Big Book of Backyard Cooking" by Betty Rosbottom (Chronicle, 2004).

For the sesame sauce:

6 tablespoons honey

6 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce, or to taste

11/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

11/2 teaspoons grated orange zest

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


For the seafood:

Vegetable oil

About 24 large shrimp, shelled and deveined but with tails

intact, or substitute sea scallops

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

For the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil and orange zest. (May cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before using.)

Transfer 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a shallow bowl; set aside.

To the remaining sauce, add the cilantro, mint, sesame seeds and salt. Taste and adjust the ingredients accordingly.

For the seafood: Lightly oil the grill rack. Preheat the grill.

Rinse the shrimp or scallops and pat dry.

If using shrimp, thread them onto skewers, making sure to pass through each shrimp twice (first pass the skewer through the body near the tail, then bend the shrimp and pass the skewer through the shrimp again near the head). If using scallops, thread the scallop onto skewers, making sure to pass 2 skewers held parallel to one another through each scallop.

Brush the reserved 2 tablespoons sauce over the seafood.

Grill the skewers, turning several times, until shrimp turn pink and curled or the scallops are opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the skewers to serving plates and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and mint. Divide the reserved dipping sauce among 4 small bowls and serve on the side.

Per serving (using shrimp): 278 calories, 35 gm protein, 16 gm carbohydrates, 7 gm fat, 260 mg cholesterol, 1 gm saturated fat, 415 mg sodium, 1 gm dietary fiber

-- Renee Schettler

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