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Nov 23, 2009 10:54 AM

Dried seafood, what to do with it

I am always amazed at all of the dried seafood products in big bins in the stores of Manhattan and Flushing's Chinatowns. The shrimp, scallops and whole little fish really intrigue me but I really do not know what to do with them. I would imagine they would flavour broths and stews but I feel like there are more uses that I am just not thinking of due to my lack of experience. What are some good ways to use these products and how and for how long do you store them. Looking to add even more seafood to my life.


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  1. Some of the dried shrimp, dried fish, or dried squid can eaten right out of the bag like jerky. The Japanese have a dish called tazukuri. It is small dried sardines or anchovies coated with a teriyaki type sauce. it is traditional dish at New Years. It is easy to make. this site has the recipe.

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    1. re: bgazindad

      I usually just eat them as well the times I have bought them. The dried anchovies are a common treat for me and the cat but I don't normally cook wwith them. That recipe looks good and I will try it.

    2. I've had a bag of dried squid in my cabinet for months now, just sitting there because the idea of snacking on it like jerky didn't seem appealing. I bought it out of curiosity (and because it was cheap) but had no idea what to do with it.
      But I've been stumbling through a bunch of Korean food blogs, and happened upon a recipe for Spicy Stir-Fried Dried Squid. Basically, you use the infamous korean spicy bean paste (I used a spicy sauce made with it that i found on another blog) and, after soaking the squid for a while, stir-fried the squid and sauce and viola. I was a little wary but actually really liked it! It makes a great side dish or snack, and I definitely plan on making it again.
      It also means I'll be a lot more adventurous with buying dried products next time I go shopping (This week I've also discovered the greatness that is dried mushrooms).

      If links work on here, here's the site with the recipe:

      1. Use them for soups or stocks. Or rehydrate them and mix them into stir-fry dishes.

        Sometimes they can also be diced and incorporated into the fillings for things like dumplings, wontons, egg rolls, or glutinous rice cakes.

        1. Do you do much SE Asian cooking? They're all over Thai and Vietnamese recipes, from fried rice to miang kham (single bite lettuce wraps).