Salmon on salsa with black beans, corn and cumin

Now that Spring is here, I am trying to find lighter meals with interesting spices. This is a really super light meal and the salsa is divine eaten with salmon or just scooped up in tortilla chips. Don’t refrigerate it as the tomato will turn pulpy.

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Serves 4

The Salsa
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 scallions, green parts chopped only
1 medium red onion, chopped medium fine
10 ripe plum tomatoes, diced, with juices and pips removed
1 x 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small tin of sweet corn niblets, drained
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped finely (I only use 1)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
1 tbsp ground roasted cumin (I like to roast my own)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the salmon
4 salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each, skinned and boned
2 tbsp coarse grain mustard
3/4 to 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 to 3 tbsps olive oil

To serve
4 cilantro sprigs
4 lime wedges

In a large bowl, combine the garlic, scallions, red onion, tomato, corn, black beans, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, taste for seasoning, cover and set aside.

Pat the salmon fillets dry. Brush each side with the grainy mustard and sprinkle with the coarse pepper.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.Add the oil.
Saute the fish fillets for 4 to 5 minutes on each side- don’t overcook though, so keep an eye on it. The fish should be a little pink in the middle and very moist.

Spoon some salsa onto the plates, lay a salmon fillet on top and garnish with the cilantro sprigs and lime wedges.

Only 305 calories per serving!

Baked lemongrass and coriander fish

Baked lemongrass and coriander fish

Tastetickler

Another mouthful of flavor explosions. This is also a very quick and light dish.

Serves 4

4 x 7oz fish fillets, like Chilean sea bass, halibut or cod
Plain (all purpose ) flour, seasoned with salt and pepper. (GF people can use coconut flour)
2 to 3 tbsp peanut oil
2 onions, sliced
2 lemongrass stems, white part only, finely chopped
4 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp finely chopped red chili
6 fl oz or 3/4 cup chicken stock
13 fl oz or 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 very large handful fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp fish sauce

Preheat the oven to 350F
Toss the fish fillets lightly in the seasoned flour.
Heat half the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan and cook the fish over medium heat until lightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a shallow…

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Creamy lemon, parmesan and smoked salmon linguine

Sometimes you can’t beat simple, especially when the flavors are as good as this. You must try this wonderfully simple recipe from the great “Delicious” website!

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Serves 2 but can easily be augmented

8 oz linguini
butter for sauteing
2 good sized garlic cloves, crushed
7  fl oz creme fraiche
zest of 1 large lemon
2 heaped tbsp grated fresh parmesan cheese
3 to 4 oz sliced smoked salmon, cut into strips
Some wild baby rocket (arugula) leaves for serving, if you like

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet
Melt the butter in a pan and cook the garlic gently until softened.
Add the creme fraiche, lemon zest and parmesan cheese and cook gently for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and smoked salmon strips.
Divide between two bowls and garnish with the rocket leaves to serve, if you like

Homemade ginger-infused tartare sauce to serve with fish.

This ginger-infused tartare sauce is gorgeous dolloped on or alongside a fillet of broiled salmon, swordfish, cod or halibut. It can be made in advance which will give it time for the fresh ginger to reach it’s full potential.

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Serves 4
1/2 cup good mayonnaise like Best Foods or Kraft
2 tbsp chopped pickles or whole capers
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil,parsley,mint or cilantro sprigs
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1 tsp Worcester sauce
1 tsp your favorite hot sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours before using.

Quick salmon fillet poached in coconut milk

Such a simple, delicate and fragrant way to poach salmon fillets.
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Serves 4

About 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
About 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 to 3 tsp Asian chile sauce, depending on how hot you like it.
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp chopped cilantro sprigs
4 (6 oz) salmon fillets, skinned, pin bones removed

In a saucepan just large enough to hold the fish, combine the coconut milk, orange juice, orange zest, fish sauce, chile sauce, garlic, ginger, mint and cilantro and mix well.
Add the fish and make sure it is submerged. If it is not submerged, add equal amounts of coconut milk and orange.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a very low simmer. Cover the pan and decrease the heat to low. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes.
If the fish does not flake when prodded with a fork, cover the pan and simmer for 2 minutes more.
(If the fish is not submerged, turn the fish over after 5 minutes of cooking).
Gently remove the fish and place in dinner bowls or plates. Spoon the sauce around the sides and serve at once with some plain steamed rice, steamed snap peas and a wedge of lime.

Fresh salmon tartare

I adore any form of “tartare” and usually make them with tuna, so this is a lovely new addition to the repertoire.

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Serves 6
1lb skinless fresh salmon fillet (preferably not farmed)
1/2 lb smoked salmon, thickly sliced
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 to 4 limes)
1/3 cup minced shallots (about 2 big shallots)
2 tbsp good quality olive oil
1/4 cup minced fresh dill (and some more sprigs for garnishing)
3 tbsp drained capers
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 loaf good granary bread, thinly sliced and toasted, for serving

Cut the fresh salmon and the smoked salmon in 1/4 inch dice. Place the salmon in a mixing bowl and add the lime juice, shallots, olive oil, dill, capers, two mustards, salt and pepper.
Mix well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours for the salmon to marinate.
When ready, toast the bread and taste the salmon for seasonings. Serve the tartare with triangles of the toast.

Easy hoisin glazed salmon

We eat a lot of salmon and I always try to buy wild salmon. This is gorgeous served with steamed rice and roasted or steamed asparagus. It’s very healthy and low in calories and packed with Asian flavors. Easy for a crowd too.

 

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Serves 4
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
½ chicken broth or water
¼ cup Hoisin sauce
2-3 cloves garlic
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
2 limes
1 lb. salmon – wild caught if you have access to it
1 tablespoon sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds for topping

To make the hoisin glaze, puree the soy sauce, water/stock, hoisin, garlic, ginger, honey, and juice of one lime in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a skillet over medium high heat. Simmer until the mixture reduces to a syrupy consistency that will stick to the salmon when brushed on. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the salmon into four pieces. Pour the sesame oil in a baking dish (I’d recommend nonstick) and arrange the salmon in the pan. Brush the salmon with the a thin layer of glaze, reserving the rest of the glaze for later. Bake for 12 minutes; remove from oven, brush with glaze again, and bake for another 12 minutes.
When the salmon is done (it will be firm and flake apart easily) remove from oven and brush with the glaze one more time before serving. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if you want it to look extra nice
* This is also lovely served with a simple salad of spinach, grated carrots, edamame beans, cilantro, and dry roasted peanuts tossed with sesame oil, lime juice, salt, and a touch of honey.