As much as I love elk and venison, I can go for some vegan food and Bitchin Sauce recipes any day. I’ve always been one to think you just can’t have enough seafood. Besides venison and elk I could probably go the rest of my life without eating shore animal meat and be perfectly happy. But I do love me some seafood. And is there anything better than freshly caught seafood? How about if you get it on the line yourself? Even better!
It’s been on my bucket list since I was in my twenties to catch a salmon. One day near Talkeetka Alaska when I was in my early twenties I fished for an entire day trying to catch a King Salmon out of the Talkeetna River. Seriously we fished the Talkeetka River starting at eight a.m. and we finally gave up at sunset, which was around ten p.m. Alaska time. It was a beautiful day out in the wilds of Alaska but we should have gone with a fishing guide! These twenty-year-old kids from southern California had no idea what they were doing in the wild rivers of Alaska. I always told myself if I ever go salmon fishing again, I will book a fishing guide.
July 2023 saw us spending ten days in Toronto, Canada having one hell of a family reunion. Of course, we decided to charter a fishing vessel and take the whole family salmon fishing out on Lake Ontario! Is there really a better way to see Lake Ontario or get a sunrise view of the downtown Toronto skyline?
I never thought oh shit I have too much salmon would be a problem. Until I went salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. Our family of seven caught over sixty pounds of salmon in five hours of fishing. It was nutty. Technically this was not deep-sea fishing as well Lake Ontario at one hundred and ninety miles long may look like an ocean, but seriously, it’s not. It felt like we were out on the ocean, that’s how big Lake Ontario is. And yes, my body thought we were at sea because even though I used seasickness bands, I was still pretty damn seasick all morning. No joke, the six-month-pregnant girl felt better than I did all morning. I am such a wuss when you take me out to sea. Or out on a big ass lake.
Even with spending many hours trying my best not to puke, this was absolutely by far the best-chartered fishing expedition I have ever experienced. And that is not just because I caught more than just mackerel which was the luck I have had every time I went deep sea fishing off the coast of southern California. Our guide with Moby Nick Fishing Charter was just fantastic.
Why wild-caught salmon?
Don’t even get me started on just how processed and bad for you most of that store-bought salmon is for you! Wild-caught salmon is the only natural way to go if you are truly a healthy eater who cares what you are putting in your body? Did you know farm-raised salmon is pumped full of red dye to give it that pretty color? If you buy cheap salmon on sale at Stater Brothers you are basically buying fish with some crayola coloring added to it. Just gross. Wild salmon fight upstream, they spawn, they do natural fish things and that gives them extra omega threes and that natural red color. But I won’t judge you if you are okay with ingesting low-quality farm-raised salmon whose color is about as real as that Donald Trump orange hair. I mean even farm-raised salmon is so expensive these days.
Not all salmon were created equal and farm-raised vs. wild-caught is a great indicator of that. Wild-caught salmon actually has fewer calories and half the fat of farm-raised salmon. Did you know that wild salmon are anadromous? What the hell is that? I know, it sounds a bit LGBT+A. Anadromous does not mean this particular salmon identifies as she/her but it means that these silly red fish will swim back to where they were born to die. That means they swim upstream, getting very fit and delicious on the way. Chomp chomp, delicious elderly salmon!
The best Bitchin Sauce Recipes
I’ve been a fan of Bitchin Sauce for over eight years. As a Californian, I think I discovered Bitchin Sauce way before a lot of other people found this nutty goodness. Bitchin Sauce hails from Carlsbad California just a few miles from Del Mar Racetrack and ten years ago we originally used to buy Bitchin Sauce from the small family-owned Jimbo’s Market in Del Mar. Ten years ago natural food stores and well condiments that are chock full of almonds were not popular. Oh, how the health food world has changed in ten years. Donald Trump was still a reality star ten years ago!
There are so many great ways to create and enjoy Bitchin Sauce recipes. I love me some bitchin sauce on a hot piece of Costco rotisserie chicken. What a simple and delicious keto snack! My other favorite way to enjoy some Bitchin Sauce is with scrambled eggs on a sourdough English muffin. Seriously this is the best way to make an easy Bitchin breakfast sammy!
Now you can even buy Bitchin Sauce at Costco! Are you ready for this Panang Bitchin Sauce in this easy Pad Thai? What is panang curry you may be asking? While the exact ingredients and ratios will vary by brand, panang curry paste is made of dried chili peppers, lemongrass, kaffir lime, coriander seeds, cumin, and galangal, among other ingredients. This Panang Curry Bitchin Sauce makes it much easier than trying to locate all these ethnic ingredients to make the curry sauce from scratch.
It looks like you have found your next favorite Bitchin Sauce Recipes! Okay, this Panang Curry Bitchin Sauce is so delicious but it is hard to find! I usually have to go to two or three different Whole Food’s before I locate it. This Bitchin Sauce does last for three months in the fridge though if you are able to find it and want to purchase a few at once.
1 package of rice noodles, cooked
1 green onion, chopped thin
8 fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Bitchin Pad Thai Sauce
1 container Panang Bitchin Sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated garlic
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/4 cup crushed peanuts
1/2 cup bean sprouts
Bitchin Air-Fryer Scallops
4 teaspoons chili oil. Try this recipe from Woks of Life
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Argentine Shrimp or scallops
Dredge your seafood in the egg. Mix the potato starch, chili powder and salt. Dredge the scallops in this mixture and drizzle some chili oil over your scallops. Fry in the air fryer for five minutes. Flip your scallops, drizzle with more chili oil and fry for an additional five minutes. Leave the scallops in the air fryer, turned off as you make the pad thai.
In a wok add the remaining chili oil and the bean sprouts. Stir fry in the garlic and ginger. Turn the heat off and mix in the soy, fish sauce and the Bitchin Sauce. In a separate pan, scramble the eggs in the sesame oil and add some white pepper. Now you are ready to serve this one-of-a-kind Bitchin Sauce recipe!
Mix your cooked rice noodles, they should still be hot, into the Bitchin Sauce. Garnish with the scallops, the scrambled eggs and the sliced green onion. Top with the sliced basil and the peanut pieces.
- If you can find Kaffir lime leaves where you live, you can also add kaffir lime leaves to the Bitchin Sauce when you are heating it up.
- If you are not a fan of spice, you can use coconut oil or sesame oil in place of all the chili oil.
- This can easily be a vegetarian recipe if you use tofu instead of the fish and omit the eggs.