Easy Salmon with Peppers

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last night I threw together some one pot cooking that was so ridiculously easy but still tasty that I just felt compelled to share it. I would use whatever veggies you have on hand–broccoli, snap peas, would all be delicious this way. I had  an abundance of bell peppers and that worked out very nicely.

Ingredients:

Salmon
Veggies of choice (I used bell peppers)
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 soy sauce
1/2 sweet yellow onion
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tbsp. salt + more to season
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
pepper to season
thyme, parsley or other seasonings to taste

First, I marinated the salmon in a 1/4 c. light brown sugar and 1/4 soy sauce marinade for about an hour and flipped it once.

Preheat the oven to 400° and chop your veggies into approx. 1 inch/bite size pieces. Drizzle 1 tbsp. olive oil in the roasting pan and drop in the veggies with sliced onion and minced garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 tbsp salt and some pepper. Roast for 5 minutes.

Nestle the salmon in the roasting pan and season the fish with salt, pepper and whatever else you like (I used thyme and parsley). Put back in the oven for approx. 15 minutes or until the center is opaque.

Fini! Really, that’s it. Just serve over rice and drizzle 1 tbsp. olive oil mixed with 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar and enjoy. There are plenty of ways you can go with this, add on some capers or scallions, lemon juice…anything!

Salmon with Lemon-Pepper Sauce

August 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

I was craving fish after some heavy meals and found this recipe online. I didn’t even do the watercress salad (I hate tarragon. Can I say that?) but the salmon was absolutely delectable. I’m talking probably the best salmon I’ve ever made.

I cut the recipe down for two only using my non-exact math way so what I used was something like this.

For the marinade:
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
2/3 tablespoon honey
1/3 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing
1/3 tablespoon chopped shallot (and by shallot I mean scallion)

I wish I could say I used scallions instead of shallots because that’s what I had on hand but in reality I was just confused at the grocery store.

I always debate whether to throw up the raw fish pics. But marinating is the most important part! About an hour, turning occasionally.

Before and After. Roast until just opaque in the center about 14 minutes. Sometimes I’ll throw on the broiler for just a minute to get it darker on the outside.

For the Lemon-Pepper Sauce:
1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
salt and pepper to taste

Lemon Pepper Sauce

The recipe says this is quintessential spring but I thought this was perfect outside on a summer night.

Honestly, the salmon was so perfect, I don’t even know if it needed the lemon-pepper sauce. But I did think it provided a nice balance to the warm, sweetness still lingering from the honey marinade with it’s cool, tart, creaminess.

Grilled Fish Tacos

June 26, 2012 § 3 Comments

As I mentioned below, I have been slightly obsessed with grilling this past week. While our hot dogs and shish kabobs have been ideal cook-outs we wanted to do something a little outside the box (and healthy!). Enter grilled tilapia fish tacos. These were so finger-licking delicious and quick to prepare. While the fish was the meat & potatoes, the cilantro-lime slaw totally made the dish.

Slaw mix: 1 package angel hair slaw + 1/4 c. sour cream + 1/4 c. mayo + 2 tbs lime juice + salt, pepper, cilantro to your liking (I like it HEAVY on the cilantro… 4 heaping tbs probably)

We placed the tilapia in our new grill toy, the grill basket (similar here) and brushed. Basting liquid: 1/4 c. e.v.o.o +2 tbsp. lime juice + cumin, chili powder, garlic salt,  pepper, cilantro to your liking.

We threw some asparagus in a grill pan too (e.v.o.o + salt & pepper)

Cooked until opaque and flaky to the fork and serve on a warm corn tortilla with slaw, avocado and of course, more cilantro.

Does it get any more perfect?

Oh yea, the view ain’t so bad either!

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