Houston Recipes

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Queso Catfish

Rating: 3.62 stars
A deliciously crunchy and spicy way to serve catfish inspired by a similar dish I had in Beaumont, TX.

Spicy Soup

Rating: 4.27 stars
This is a great soup that I got while visiting Houston. It has quickly become a family favorite!

Shrimp Kisses

Rating: 4.09 stars
A perfect blend of shrimp, bacon, and cheese baked in the oven. What could be better?

Crispy Baked Basa

Rating: 4.36 stars
Basa is a new fish that is common in many markets here in Houston. It is a mild, tasty fish.

Soul Smothered Chicken

Rating: 4.65 stars
You can't just go to any restaurant and get smothered chicken like you would if you went down to the urban neighborhoods in Houston. This meal of browned chicken in a savory chicken gravy sauce is best when served over a bed of white rice.

Banh Bao

Rating: 4 stars
I'm a Vietnamese living in Indiana who had to find a recipe for one of my favorite Vietnamese snacks, banh bao. They are a variation on the Chinese cha siu bao (Chinese pork buns). I would like to thank Houston Wok for providing Ms. SkimmyJeans' moist filling recipe and Miss Adventure[at]home for a tasty bun recipe. Combined, this is my ultimate banh bao recipe.

Grilled Stuffed Red Snapper

Rating: 4.59 stars
You can either stuff the fish with the seafood filling or simplify this recipe for yourself by spooning the stuffing on top of each fish fillet.

Ultimate Gulf Coast Gumbo

Rating: 4.57 stars
Gumbo filled with shrimp, crab, chicken, sausage, vegetables, and Cajun spices. I've also included crab and/or scallops in this recipe. Serve over rice, accompanied with garlic bread. Also have salt, red pepper flakes, and additional file powder on the table. Great with cold beer.

Texas Smoked Flounder

Rating: 3.4 stars
Nothing tastes better on a summers day then smoked fish. This can be adapted for trout etc., but the flounder cooks quick. It might take a couple tries for the novice smoker to time it right, but the effort is worth it. These are great as a main course, or a snack during all day grilling sessions. We don't just fry fish down here, we smoke 'em! Besides, aren't you tired of flipping burgers like the rest of suburbia?

Frozen Strawberry Smoothie Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars
With the hot Houston summer in full force, I wanted a cool treat that I'd feel good about giving my kids a couple times a day. I came up with this yummy alternative to ice pops and ice cream bars. The number of servings may vary depending on the size of your popsicle molds.

Ninfa's Green Tomato Salsa

Rating: 5 stars
A famous green salsa recipe in Houston. Guaranteed to be loved by all.

John's Chili

Rating: 4.39 stars
Good chili from the great ol' state of TEXAS. Hope you enjoy this favorite of our family.

Inspiration and Ideas

Authentic Fire-Roasted Tex-Mex Salsa
Rating: Unrated
It has taken me years to perfect this recipe. Los Cucos is my favorite TexMex restaurant in Houston, and I used to eat there every 2 weeks, just so I would order a pint of red salsa to go to take home with me. I was addicted to the stuff, it's the best salsa in the world. I finally mastered my own version, which tastes nearly identical to Los Cucos's red salsa.
Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp with Chipotle Vinaigrette and Cilantro Oil
Rating: Unrated
This dish makes a hearty and filling main dish and is also great to serve as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.

Aunt Dora's Colombian Chicken with Potatoes

Rating: 4.57 stars

I learned this recipe when visiting my Colombian family members in Houston, Texas. The sauce that the chicken cooks in is chock full of flavor. Cumin, curry, black pepper, turmeric, pimenton (paprika), and seasoning salt make the chicken's sauce tasty enough to lick your plate! Serve with rice.