What’s For Dinner – NY Steak/ Catfish & Crab

What’s for dinner?  Fast food, take-out, maybe a chain sit down restaurant.  Your gonna spend somewhere between $5-$30 and take 15 min – 2 hrs in the process depending on where you go and what you get.  Why not stay home and cook for cheap, less time and sharing the time with your family and friends.  Here’s a look at what’s was for dinner for me last night.  I made two different plates, one Steak and one Fish.  Each had the same sides and desert and were prepared simultaneously on the same grill and toaster oven.

Steak Plate

  • 10oz NY Steak – $4 from local market per serving
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Instant Idahoan Package $0.25 per serving from local market
  • Grilled Asparagus – $0.25 per serving from local market
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – $0.25 per serving fresh baked from local market
  • Shortcake w/ fresh Strawberry/Blueberry Sauce – $1 per serving from local market
  • Total cost : $5.75 per plate
  • Total cook time : 30 min

For the steaks I started about 3 hours earlier in the day and had them defrosted and put on a rub of: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Fresh Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt.  When it came time to cook I put them on the grill at med-high heat towards the back hotter potion of the grill.  The steaks cooked about 4-5 min a side; not being to thick they cooked relatively quick.  If you rotate the steaks 90° halfway between each flip you will get a nice cross-hatch grill marks on them.

Seafood Plate

  • 4.5oz Catfish Filet – $2 per serving from Costco
  • 4.5oz King Crab Legs – $1.50 per serving from Costco
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Instant Idahoan Package $0.25 per serving
  • Grilled Asparagus – $0.25 per serving from local market
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – $0.25 per serving fresh baked from market
  • Shortcake w/ fresh Strawberry/Blueberry Sauce – $1 per serving
  • Total cost : $5.25 per plate
  • Total cook time : 30 min

The Catfish I grilled along with the steaks and asparagus.  I cooked them in the middle of the grill on med-high.  I put the defrosted filet on the grill with some butter and a premixed seafood seasoning spice on each side.  The fish cooked very quickly, about 3 min a side, so I put it on right before I flipped the steaks.

The crab legs I took straight out of the freezer, put in a dish, covered them with a paper towel and microwaved them for 4 min frozen to steam them.  Thats it.  I also microwaved a little butter and took out the foam/froth and left it just clarified butter.  I squeezed some lemon on the fish, crab and a good amount into the butter.

For the Potatoes I just heated 2 cups water in the microwave for 4 min and stirred in dehydrated potatoes in the heated water.  That’s it!  Look for this brand, they are very good and will erase any ideas you have of cardboardy, chalky instant potatoes!

The asparagus was tossed in olive oil, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and garlic powder.  After being tossed together I put the asparagus on the very front, the coolest, part of the grill at the same time I put the steaks on the grill and cooked them together. When I flipped the steaks I flipped the asparagus and moved them slightly towards the center of the grill for a little more heat and a nice char.

The garlic bread was bought with garlic spread already on it and I added some paprika, salt and pepper, a little extra garlic powder and some grated cheese to the top.  I put it in the toaster oven at 450°F for about 8 min.  I put the bread in about 2-3min after I put the steaks on the grill.  When it was crispy and not to crunchy I took it out.

Now for the best part dessert!  I bought a pack of four shortcake cups from the store and some fresh berriers.  For the sauce I used 1/3cup clear corn syrup, about 6 strawberries and 15 blueberries, a drop of vanilla extract and two teaspoons of sugar.  I put those in a food processer and blended it all up.  I also diced a couple more strawberries and mixed them with blueberries for the topping.  Just about time everyone was finishing thier dinner I put the four shortcake cups in the toaster over at 450°F for about 5 min.  Once they became golden brown and slightly crispy I took them out and topped them with the sauce and some whipped cream.  I then put the diced berries on top and a little more berry sauce.

So there you have it.  Dinner for 4 ready in 30 min and costing about $22.  We ate at home outside on the back patio in the setting sun with a cool breeze.  I made some fresh iced tea and had water to drink and we all sat around a good meal and talked about the week and enjoyed each others company.  The whole family helped with setting up dinner, cooking and dishes.  It was a great night and we all enjoyed a great meal and our time together.

Making dinner isn’t something just for your mother.  It can be fun, much more healthy, and you can do whatever you want compared to going out and eating at someone else’s place.  I didn’t use any specialty cooking techniques or crazy ingredients.  Everything I got at either the local market or Costco.  Most items I bought I buy regularly in large quantites (look for sale items) so it’s cheaper and I always have them ready to make.  Cooking is easy, fun and tastes great for the whole family.  Next time your hungry and thinking pizza or the Olive Garden, go to the store buy some fresh food and cook dinner with family and friends for a great evening together!

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    • Shmepp
    • July 4th, 2010

    CostCo- the ONLY way to GO!!! Great idea, I’m going to propose the fish meal to my gramps in an attempt to break him from the standard “meat-and-potato” diet. Keep it up Jamaics!!!

    • Shmepp
    • July 4th, 2010

    I’m sorry…”Seafood Plate.” Crab legs are the booooooooooooooooooooooooomb.

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