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Makes 4 burgers

  • 2 to 3 Anaheim peppers
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 ounces dry Monterey Jack cheese, shaved, or Monterey Jack cheese, sliced.
  • 4 sesame hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • Assorted condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, catsup, tomatoes, lettuce, and/or pickles
  1. Place peppers on a grill rack directly over medium heat; grill, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until charred, turning frequently. Wrap peppers in foil or place in a clean paper bag; set aside until cool enough to handle (about 10 minutes). Peel peppers; remove and discard stems, seeds, and membranes. Finely chop peppers.
  2. Combine the peppers, onion, and soy sauce in a large mixing bowl; add beef and mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties about 1 inch thick.
  3. Place burger patties on the lightly oiled rack of the grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 18 to 23 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers registers 160 degree F, turning burgers once halfway through grilling. Top with cheese slices the last 5 minutes of grilling.
  4. Toast buns, if desired. Place burgers on buns. Top with avocado and desired condiments.

Test Kitchen Tip: Use ripe Haas avocados (with dark, pebbly skin). Avocados turn brown once cut, so use right after slicing.

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Makes 8 servings

  • 2 large shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, shells and tails on
  1. Place shallots, ginger, garlic, soy, lime juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the green onion and oil and blend until combined. Season with black pepper, to taste. Place shrimp in a large bowl, pour the marinade over, and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat a grill to high. Remove shrimp from the marinade and grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Serve on brown paper bags, if desired.

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Serves 6

Asian chili sauce can pack a lot of heat.  If you prefer a milder dish, reduce to 1 tbsp in the salad.

For salad:

  • 4 oz rice-flour noodles
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into 2 inch long julienne sticks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 scallions, green part only, cut into 2 inch long julienne strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Asian sesame oil

For kebabs:

  • olive oil, for grill
  • 1 3/4 lbs sea scallops
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1/2 pineapple, rind cut away and core discarded, cut into 1×1/2″ chunks
  • 4 oz fresh snow peas, blanched
  • 2 orange bell peppers, sides sliced off core, stems and seeds discard, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 (10 inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
  1. Make salad: Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain.  Rinse in cold water until cool; drain and toss with remaining ingredients in a bowl; salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.
  2. Make kebabs: Preheat grill and lightly oil rack.  Rinse scallops and pat dry; remove small, tough muscle from side of each.  Combine juice and chili sauce in a large shallow bowl.  Add scallops and marinate at room temperature, turning once, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Alternately thread scallops, pineapple and vegetables onto drained skewers; season with salt and pepper.  Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and scallops are just cooked through, about 7 minutes.  Transfer to serving plates with noodle salad in bowls on side.  Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

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Serves 4

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  1. Cut chicken into thin strips about 2 inches long and set aside.  Blend soy sauce, broth and cornstarch in a small bowl; set aside. 
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat.  Add chicken.  Stir-fry for 3 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove from wok with slotted spoon. 
  3. Add remaining oil to wok.  Add onion, garlic, cashews and snow peas and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until snow peas are crisp-tender.  Return chicken to wok.
  4. Stir broth mixture to wok.  Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until sauce is clear and chicken is heated through.  Sprinkle with green onion slices.  Serve immediately. 

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Serves 6

  • 6 bone-in chicken breasts (about 8 oz each)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, crumbled, or 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.  Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. 
  2. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a shallow baking dish.  Roast until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. 
  3. While chicken is roasting, in a large skillet, combine coconut milk, brown sugar, basil, curry powder, soy sauce and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring.  Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring for 10 minutes.  Whisk in heavy cream. 
  4. Transfer chicken breasts to serving plates.  Spoon sauce over and sprinkle each serving with some raisins.

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Serves 2

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 (7- to 8-ounce) salmon steaks (about 3/4-inch thick)
  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. For the glaze, combine the brown sugar, mustard, and soy sauce in a medium bowl and mix well. For the sauce, transfer 1 tablespoon of the glaze to a small bowl. Add the vinegar and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Brush the tops of the salmon steaks generously with half of the glaze. Place the steaks, glaze side down, on the grill. Grill until slightly charred on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Brush the tops with the remaining glaze. Turn the salmon over and grill until slightly charred on the bottom and just opaque in the center, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plates and drizzle with the reserved sauce.

Like many fish, salmon can stick to the grill. Using a fish basket can help prevent sticking, but if you don’t have one, add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to the glaze and oil the grill before placing the salmon on it.

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Makes 4 servings

  • 4 5 oz fresh tuna steaks
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp white sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 3 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 4 tsp wasabi
  • 2 tsp warm water
  • soy sauce to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Brush tuna steaks on each side with sesame oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste.  Combine white and black sesame seeds in a shallow bowl. 
  2. Dip each steak in sesame seeds, thickly encrusting the top, bottoms and sides.  Transfer tuna to a nonstick roasting pan.  Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked to taste. 
  3. Remove from oven.  Mix water and wasabi to make a paste and serve on the side with soy sauce. 

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