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Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Chengdu Chicken with Black Beans, Chiles & Peanuts

Chengdu Chicken with Black Beans, Chiles & Peanuts By Andrew Zimmern This spicy Chengdu-style chicken in an umami-rich black bean sauce is a mainstay at my house. Marinating the chicken overnight in rice wine and cornstarch makes the meat tender, helps tighten the sauce and gives the chicken a twice-cooked slippery quality that’s a sign of…  Read More

Pre-Order Andrew Zimmern’s New Book: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir

AZ and the Lost City of Ophir Twelve-year-old AZ dreams of becoming the world’s greatest explorer. Instead, he’s stuck in summer school with just Odd Uncle Arthur for company. Little does AZ know that this summer will be his most thrilling—and dangerous—adventure yet. After a time-traveling mishap, AZ finds himself in Ophir, a lost city…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Roasted Tomato Soup

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup By Andrew Zimmern The perfect tomato soup with some Parmesan bread toasties that is going to rock your world. It’s tomato insanity in a bowl.  

Big Food Truck Tip with Andrew Zimmern Series Premiere

Big Food Truck Tip Premieres Wednesday, September 19th at 10/9pm CT on Food Network I can’t wait to share my new series with you, Big Food Truck Tip, premiering on Food Network with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, September 19th at 10/9pm CT. Join me as I travel the country in search of passionate food truck…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Grilled Red Snapper

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Grilled Red Snapper

Grilled Red Snapper By Andrew Zimmern When it comes to grilling whole fish, red snapper is ideal—it’s versatile, it’s economical and it cooks quickly. I like to season it with a simple garlic and herb olive oil marinade, and serve it with a mixed herb salad and grilled lemons. Watch Andrew make this recipe:


Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Trout

Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Trout By Andrew Zimmern I love the combination of cured meat and fish, especially in this recipe for fresh-caught trout on the grill. If you’re intimidated by grilling whole fish, don’t be. Binding the trout in layers of prosciutto will help to hold the fish together, while giving it an irresistible charred ham…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern’s Minnesota State Fair Eating Strategy

Minnesota State Fair Eating Strategy There are a few simple rules when it comes to a successful day of eating at the fair. First, don’t overload on your deep-fried fantasies in the first hour. Go with friends so you can indulge in your favorite fair classics along with a couple new food items. Do a…  Read More

Why Andrew Zimmern Loves the Minnesota State Fair

What is so great about the Minnesota State Fair? I’m sure you’ve heard me wax poetic about the food at the fair, but honestly, it’s the people that make me want to visit all 12 days. From the animal barns and seed art to bundt cakes and machinery hill, there’s much more to the fair…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern’s Top 5 Minnesota State Fair Foods

Top 5 Minnesota State Fair Foods My most frequently asked question has to be: “Andrew Zimmern, what is the best thing to eat at the Minnesota State Fair?” It’s a really tough question to answer, there are too many great options. Alas, I’ve tried to dwindle it down to a few items you should absolutely…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Matt Jennings Mac and Cheese

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Mac & Cheese with Matt & Kate Jennings

The Ultimate Mac & Cheese Recipe by Matt Jennings We invited chefs Matt and Kate Jennings into the AZ Cooks kitchen to teach us how to make the best mac and cheese. This ultra-mac uses a blend of gruyere, brie and cheddar, which you can supplement with any cheese bits or ends that have accumulated…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Mexican Grilled Cheese

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Mexican-Style Grilled Cheese

Mexican-Style Grilled Cheese By Andrew Zimmern Often used for quesadillas, Oaxacan string cheese is a mild mozzarella-like cow’s milk cheese that melts beautifully. It’s the perfect choice for this gooey grilled cheese sandwich, paired with leftover pork, onion and fresh tomatillo salsa. Watch Andrew make this recipe:

Andrew ZImmern Recipe Cuban Grilled Cheese

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich By Andrew Zimmern This recipe is inspired by the harmonious, addictive flavors of a Cuban sandwich—a combination of pork, ham, pickles, mustard and melted cheese. Instead of a pressed sandwich on Cuban bread, we’re making it grilled cheese-style with a buttery crust and an extra dose of melty gruyere for good…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Charred Tomatillo Salsa

Charred Tomatillo Salsa By Andrew Zimmern This is one of my favorite salsas. It’s sweet, smoky, roasty, spicy, acidic and bright, with a hint of bitterness that I find addictive. Eat it with chips as an easy appetizer, on top of shrimp and green chiles, brisket nachos, or my Mexican pork burgers. Watch Andrew make…  Read More

|Andrew Zimmern Recipe Grilled Corn Elote

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Elote-Style Grilled Corn

Elote-Style Mexican Street Corn By Andrew Zimmern The best way to cook corn on the cob is in the husk directly on the coals. The husk protects the cob from incinerating, while the embers impart a smoky, fire-charred flavor. Smother the sweet corn with classic elote toppings—crema, mayo, chile-lime seasoning and cilantro—for the ultimate summer…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Blistered Shishito Peppers|

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers By Andrew Zimmern I can’t think of a better bar snack than these gorgeous Japanese peppers. They are mostly mild, although you may bump into a spicy one on occasion. This is my favorite way to prepare shishito peppers, blistered directly on the coals with a simple dressing of salt and lemon…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Chicken Tikka Masala|Andrew Zimmern with Potash Twins

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Chicken Tikka Masala with the Potash Twins

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe by Adeev & Ezra Potash I’ve invited my friends Adeev and Ezra Potash into the studio kitchen to share their recipe for chicken tikka masala. Internationally known jazz musicians dubbed the “twin horns of joy,” the brothers are also hosts of Bravo’s new digital series Beats + Bites, in which they…  Read More


Andrew Zimmern’s Best Burger Recipes

My Favorite Burger Recipes The hamburger is a cultural constant in this country, the most iconic of American foods. It’s proletariat, it’s a kids meal, it’s high-end luxury food. And it’s one of my favorite things to eat. Whether the grill is fired up or you’re griddling indoors, it’s time to perfect those burger-making skills.…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Turkey Burgers

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Turkey Burgers with Ricotta & Basil

Turkey Burgers with Tomato, Ricotta & Basil By Andrew Zimmern Turkey burgers may be healthier than a fatty beef patty, but more often than not, they turn out underwhelming, dry and bland. To solve this dinner dilemma, I’ve used all-dark meat turkey with a summery mix of ricotta, tomato paste and fresh basil. It’s the…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Banh Mi Burger

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Banh Mi Pork Burgers

Banh Mi Pork Burgers By Andrew Zimmern In this recipe, I’ve turned the craveable flavors of a classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich into a show stopping burger—a ground pork patty chock full of vegetables, herbs and aromatics, griddled and served on a bun with a schmear of spicy mayo and pâté. Watch Andrew make this…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Smoky Eggplant Dip

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Charred Eggplant Dip

Charred Eggplant Dip By Andrew Zimmern This smoky charred eggplant dip is one of my favorite dishes in a classic meze spread, a collection of small plates, salads and appetizers common throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Charring the eggplant until entirely blackened and soft is crucial to developing the flavor of the dish. If…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Grilling with Fruitwood & Charcoal

Tips for Grilling with Fruitwood & Charcoal We received a lot of questions about using charcoal, wood chips and wood chunks. I prefer to use natural hardwood charcoal, lit in a charcoal chimney without lighter fluid. I use fruitwood, such as cherry or apple, when grilling or smoking chicken, fish or fruit. Soak wood chips…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: How to Use Charcoal Chimneys

The Best Way to Start a Charcoal Grill Put down the lighter fluid. Using a chimney is the easiest and best way to light charcoal, without any toxic fumes or unpleasant flavors. All you need to do stuff some newspaper underneath the chimney, then fill it with natural hardwood charcoal. Light the paper in several…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Barbecue Sauce|

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Barbecue Sauce

My Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe By Andrew Zimmern This is a hybridized version of a vinegary Carolina-style sauce mixed with the peppery, tomato-based sauce found in Tennessee. Spicy, sweet and tangy, it’s the most versatile barbecue sauce you’ll ever make. I like the consistency to be halfway between a splash and a sauce, but if…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Barbecue Chicken|Andrew Zimmern Glazing Barbecue Chicken|Andrew Zimmern with Barbecue Chicken

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Barbecue Chicken

Barbecue Chicken By Andrew Zimmern This barbecue chicken is the best thing I’ve cooked in a long time. I’m confident enough that I’d put it up in a barbecue contest any day of the week. The key is to cook the chicken quarters over indirect heat with a lot of smoke, before finishing them over…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe Grilled NY Strips||Andrew Zimmern cutting steaks

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Bone-In New York Strip Steaks

How to Grill New York Strips By Andrew Zimmern I’m cooking this beautiful bone-in, dry-aged New York strip over high direct heat on a charcoal grill. Grilling over high direct heat requires constant attention—be sure to turn the meat frequently, moving it around the grill to avoid flare-ups. Watch Andrew make this recipe:

Andrew Zimmern's Tips for Grilling Steak

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Tips for Grilling Steak

Tips for Grilling Steak Here are a few things to keep in mind next time you fire up the grill. When deciding what cut to buy, remember that cooking meat on the bone always imparts more flavor. The flavor of the roasting bones penetrates the flesh in a way that adds immeasurable benefit to your food,…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Chicken Skewers

Chicken Skewers with Za’atar By Andrew Zimmern Here’s a peek at research and development for our Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen: Skewers concept at Minneapolis’ Target Field. In this recipe, we marinate chicken thighs in za’atar (a blend of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds that’s commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking), lemon and olive oil, before skewering…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern's Recipe for Israeli Salad

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Israeli Salad

Israeli Tomato & Cucumber Salad By Andrew Zimmern Every country in the Levant owns a version of this salad. I grew up calling this simple, healthy mixture of chopped fresh vegetables tossed with aromatic herbs, lemon juice and olive oil Israeli Salad. Don’t feel obligated to stick to this recipe, there are very few rules.…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern Recipe for Zhug

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Zhug, Israeli Hot Sauce

Zhug, Israeli Hot Sauce By Andrew Zimmern If you love spicy food, zhug is a versatile condiment you should know how to make. A mixture of chiles, lemon, garlic and herbs, this bright, citrusy hot sauce packs a punch. I always keep a batch of this in the fridge to add to skewered chicken off…  Read More