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Soft Shell Crab Sandwich + How to Cook Soft Shell Crabs

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich Recipe | Umami Girl

Soft shell crabs are my everything. They were the first-ever recipe on Umami Girl way back in in 2008. They were my diet food for a hot sec in 2015. This week they’ve been my tacos, my salad, my sandwich, and my parenting style. (Dinner as anatomy lesson? Why not.)

As for me, I’ve been the lady making awkward chit chat with the fish guy about how soft shell crabs are basically a cross between crabs and potato chips. Is it still called chit chat when you’re the only one talking?  (more…)

Charred Shishito Peppers Recipe: An Easy Appetizer

This quick and incredibly easy shishito peppers recipe is great to nibble on with drinks. Padrón peppers work perfectly too.

Shishito Peppers Recipe Padrón Peppers | Umami Girl

People always talk about how working for yourself results in both more work and more flexibility. Today I’m here to testify to both of those points at once by publishing four recipes. I feel good about the work part of this equation, but you could argue that four posts in one day is kind of an abuse of discretion on the flexibility front.

Guess what? I’m good with it, and my boss is, too. That’s right — ain’t no one here to nix my bad ideas. 🙂 That said, here’s hoping you still trust me to know a good idea when I see one, because this shishito peppers recipe is one of the best ideas the world has ever had. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s been had equally in Japan and in Spain, where the very similar Padrón peppers stand in for shishitos.

Psst…speaking of good ideas: try these guys dipped in spicy mayo. (more…)

An Even Better Spicy Mayo Recipe for Sushi and Beyond

Best spicy mayo recipe. Spicy mayo for sushi and more.

It’s hard to beat the two-ingredient spicy mayo that you get in American sushi restaurants, but we like our slightly amped up even better spicy mayo recipe…even better. It’s great for sushi, sure. But it also makes a fabulous dip, sandwich spread, and salad dressing.  (more…)

Easy Yellow Cake Recipe with Chocolate Frosting

It’s Umami Girl’s 10th birthday, and we’re celebrating with this perfect, back-to-basics, easy yellow cake recipe with chocolate frosting. 

Easy Yellow Cake Recipe Chocolate Frosting | Umami GirlEasy Yellow Cake Recipe Chocolate Frosting | Umami Girl

You guys, I can hardly believe it, but Umami Girl is now 10 YEARS OLD. We’re two whole hands. Double digits. Borderline elderly by internet standards. It’s madness.

We’re celebrating this week, because as any kid will tell you, turning 10 is kind of a big deal. But we’re low-key celebrating, because I’m saving my big party hat for Umami Girl’s relaunch later this year. You can’t wear the big party hat all the time.  (more…)

Our New Favorite Striped Bass Recipe

Easy Striped Bass Recipe Oven | Umami GirlYou guys. Umami Girl turns 10 YEARS OLD tomorrow. There will be cake. And three cheers, at least. And — with any luck — a nap. But first, this. Our new favorite striped bass recipe. It’s special and super-delicious but totally fuss-free. And maybe best of all, it reminds me of Umami Girl’s early days and raison d’être.

I created this recipe in honor of some perfect fresh striped bass caught locally by our friend Jac, and now I’m hoping more of our friends will cook Jac’s fish this way, too. That’s not such a far cry from our earliest recipes, created to help members of the Catalpa Ridge Farm CSA use the fruits and veggies they’d picked up from our Hoboken, NJ garage that week. Yay for all that. I can’t quite decide whether it feels like ages ago or yesterday.  (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.