OptiGrill Cooking Test Series – First Batch: Surf

6 Grilled prawns on a hot grillSo this past weekend, the Flavorful World kitchen’s existing appliances welcomed the new T-fal OptiGrill into their midst.  After a brief getting-to-now-you, it was feeling right at home, and first impressions have been favorable all around.

The OptiGrill’s six auto-cook settings are where I chose to begin, for reasons to which my recent acquisition of two bags of butterflied shell-on prawns contributed in no small part. On  my initial outing with this machine, I found that operating it was as simple as I’d been promised: Turn it on, select a cooking preset (after consulting its short, easy-to-understand instruction manual, I chose “Fish”), and watch the color-change display come to vibrant pre-heat purple life. Then when the OptiGrill sounds its gentle “ready-to-cook” chime, add food, close, wait, and watch the colors change as the OptiGrill cooks it to the desired/recommended level of doneness.

Uncooked prawns seasoned with chopped garlic, lemongrass, olive oil, seat salt, and coarse-grind black pepper
Uncooked prawns meet the OptiGrill after being hit with chopped garlic, lemongrass, olive oil, sea salt, and coarse-grind black pepper

These little darlings took hardly any time at all to cook, and  when I removed them from the grill, they came away juicy and plump, cooked thoroughly without turning rubbery as shellfish will do if cooked for too long. To make them, I tossed them in a large bowl with 1/4 tsp lemongrass paste, 4 diced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, and a dash each of sea salt and coarse-grind black pepper. I let them marinate for an hour or so in the refrigerator, after which they were good to go.

I chased the prawns with Maple Wasabi salmon. 1/3 cup of maple syrup and 1 level tsp of wasabi paste were all I needed here.  I stirred these together until thoroughly blended, marinated the fish for an hour, then let the OptiGrill do the heavy lifting. The finished salmon was flaky and moist, cooked-through and tender.

Image credit: Anthony Beal
Maple Wasabi Salmon all up in here

Our OptiGrill experience has officially left the stable and is off to a quite promising start. So have you entered our contest to win your very own T-fal OptiGrill yet? Check it out on Facebook, or find it at Walmart.

If not, get the details here and enter by one of the numerous means available. Open to U.S. residents only, this contest ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, August 30th, 2014.

And don’t forget to check back here next Monday to see what we cook up next.!

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