Houston Recipes

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Queso Catfish

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

Spicy Soup

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

Shrimp Kisses

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

Crispy Baked Basa

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

Soul Smothered Chicken

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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

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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.

Ultimate Gulf Coast Gumbo

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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.

Grilled Stuffed Red Snapper

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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.

Texas Smoked Flounder

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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

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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.

John's Chili

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

Authentic Fire-Roasted Tex-Mex Salsa

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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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Tex Mex Shark and Shrimp

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This is a great spicy recipe for shark and shrimp. You can probably get non-seafood eaters to enjoy this! I did!