Monday, July 29, 2013

Salmon with Citrus and Herb Sauce

Salmon is one of those foods you really should eat more often because it's so good for you. (see my post on why we should eat seafood.), but served by itself, a lot of people find it too fishy.  Adding a sauce can make all the difference.

This is a terrific recipe for hot summer months when anything too heavy just doesn't feel right. The combination of citrus and herbs makes it taste cool and refreshing, and if you're growing a herb garden this year, this should be perfect timing as well.

Ingredients :

4 salmon fillets
2 tablespoons Maple Syrup (or honey)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

for the sauce :
3 medium-sized navel oranges - segments* and zest**
juice and zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of capers (from a jar) - rinsed and chopped
1/2 tablespoon crushed dried hot pepper flakes (if you don't like too much heat, just add 1/2 a teaspoon to start)
3 thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions :
  • First, make the sauce. After zesting** the oranges and putting the zest into a medium-sized bowl, cut out the segments * and add these.  Add all the rest of the sauce ingredients with salt and pepper to taste, mix thoroughly, and set aside to marinate.
  • Brush the salmon fillets on both sides with the maple syrup and season with salt and pepper.  (You could prepare this meal up to this point the night before and keep everything in the fridge covered with plastic wrap.)
  • Cook the salmon either on the barbecue, or in the oven at 350'F for about 20 to 30 minutes - until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve the salmon - either hot or cold - with the citrus sauce.

* If you've never segmented an orange before, here is how to do it.  There is also a great idea in this video for a simple Radiccio and orange salad.

** If you don't know how to zest fruit, check out this post (just after the custard recipe).

And when you're serving your salmon, don't forget to add some more parsley on the side.  Chock full of nutrients, in most SAD*** meals - especially restaurant ones - the parsley garnish is often the healthiest part of the meal!

*** Standard American Diet

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