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Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce

Wok-Tossed Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce By Andrew Zimmern A sign that warm weather is in sight, the first glimpse of fresh spring asparagus is a celebratory event. It’s one of my favorite foods and a versatile ingredient, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it when it’s in abundance in the market […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles

Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles By Andrew Zimmern These Sichuan-style cold peanut sesame noodles are a favorite meal in the Zimmern household. It’s a simple, approachable dish with complex flavors that speak to kids and adults. The sauce is so delicious I’d suggest making extras to use as a salad dressing or dipping sauce for grilled […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Hot & Cold Cucumbers

Chengdu-Style Hot & Cold Cucumbers By Andrew Zimmern This is one of my absolute hands down favorite recipes. Inspired by my travels in China, it’s a simple but unique cucumber salad. Salting the cucumbers is important, you need to draw out the moisture so you don’t end up with a watery stir-fry. Tossing them in […]

Andrew Zimmern’s Tips for Cooking with Bamboo Steamers

Tips for Cooking with Bamboo Steamers I love cooking with a multi-tiered bamboo steamer, it’s one of the most used and versatile tools in my kitchen. Using a steamer is an easy, and certainly healthy, way to achieve crisp tender vegetables and super moist, perfectly cooked proteins. They fit inside of my pans well, plus […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Hunan-Style Peanut Sauce

Hunan-Style Peanut Sauce By Andrew Zimmern This classic Hunan-style peanut sauce is one of my favorites for dipping, glazing and enjoying with all sorts of Asian food. It’s great with sticky rice, fried chicken summer rolls, ribs, chicken satay, pork belly or chicken off the grill Instructions Heat the oil in a small pan and […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Sticky Chinese Chicken Wings

Sticky Spicy Chinese Chicken Wings By Andrew Zimmern Of all the dishes I’ve tasted around the world, this is the one I’m happiest to have brought home and perfected in my own kitchen. Sticky, fatty, salty and sweet, the best versions of this recipe emulsify the chicken fat into the Chinese master sauce as it […]

AZ Cooks Top 10 Most Popular Recipes

In my video series, AZ Cooks, I’m sharing cooking techniques and recipes inspired by my childhood, travels and experiences in the professional kitchen, all in the pursuit of culinary literacy. Thanks for tuning in, your support and feedback have made this venture a success! From classics like key lime pie and meatloaf to wok-tossed crickets and […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Wok-Tossed Crickets in Black Bean Sauce

Wok-Tossed Crickets in Black Bean Sauce By Andrew Zimmern High in protein and rich in minerals, crickets are the most popular insect eaten around the world. Tossing the crickets in a hot wok with Chinese fermented black beans is the best way to cook and eat the nutty, crunchy bugs. I think this is real […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Ginger Scallion Noodles

Ginger Scallion Noodles By Andrew Zimmern If you love to cook, you should learn how to recreate the tent poles of culinary wisdom from cultures around the world, starting with these addictive ginger scallion noodles. This recipe has the hallmarks of classic Shanghai-style scallion noodles mixed with Japanese-style charred scallion noodles with tsukemono pickles. It […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Roasted Pork Belly

Pork Belly 101 By Andrew Zimmern Roasted pork belly is one of the most unctuous, delicious dishes that you’ll ever eat. To achieve a meltingly tender piece of pork crowned with crispy skin requires a multi-day process, but don’t let that scare you, it’s a simple technique. Serve it with bao, or on its own […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Ma Po Eggplant

Ma Po Eggplant By Andrew Zimmern This is one of my favorite Chinese dishes, made easy for the home cook. It’s a spicy, savory pork sauté served over roasted eggplant. I adore eggplant and make this dish all the time as part of a multicourse Asian spread or just by itself alongside a bowl of steamed […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Ginger Scallion Oil

Ginger Scallion Oil Dipping Sauce By Andrew Zimmern Chopped scallions, grated ginger and salt are combined with heated peanut oil to create this flavorful dipping sauce—the perfect complement to my Hainanese chicken rice. This sauce is so easy to throw together, and pairs well with a piece of grilled meat or fish, noodles, dumplings or […]

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Hot Sesame Oil Dipping Sauce

Hot Sesame Oil Dipping Sauce By Andrew Zimmern This dipping sauce uses hot sesame oil to coax the flavor out of ginger, garlic and Szechuan peppercorns. It goes well with my Hainanese Chicken Rice, on pork, chicken, fish or beef. You’re going to love it. Instructions Place all the ingredients except the oil in a […]

Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Chinese Restaurant in Minneapolis

Shuang Cheng Everyone knows a Chinese restaurant like this one, armed with an enormous 400-item menu that mostly caters to a Westerner’s palate. And while Shuang Cheng offers a dizzying variety of dishes, it defies the stereotype that quantity does not equal quality.  I usually skip straight to the seafood page of the menu. If […]

Chicken Recipes from Around the World

11 Delicious Ways to Cook Chicken If you’re stuck in a rut with flavorless, boneless chicken breast as the mainstay of your weeknight dinners, I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try one of these recipes. Whether it’s grilled, fried, steamed, braised, roasted or tossed in a hot wok, there are hundreds of ways […]

Andrew Zimmern’s Weekly Chinese Food Fix

Szechuan Spice Of all the great regional Chinese cuisines, Sichuan food holds a special place in my heart. While we don’t have as many great Chinese restaurants as I would like in Minnesota, we do have a few that absolutely blow me away and Szechuan Spice in Uptown is one of them. It’s best to […]