Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Salmon with a Citrus Salsa Verde

I am not a big fish lover. There are certain things I love but overall I am picky about seafood. Seafood has the tendency to have odd textures and smells that make it rather unpleasant to eat. When done right, I do like tilapia, shrimp, crab, fried/battered fish and salmon....

This salmon was done right. It was extremely light and refreshing. Shawn chose fish as our Valentines Day dinner so I was a little weary. I picked out this recipe and put my trust into Giada and was rewarded. I really enjoyed this. We were kind of weirded out by the salsa until we paired it with the fish and it worked...

Thank God...

Plus, this dish is very pretty! Not something I experience much since my cooking tends to be rather...well...ugly. Yep, ugly.

Salmon with a Citrus Salsa Verde


2 large oranges
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 scallions, finely sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable or canola oil, for oiling the grill
4 (4 to 5-ounce) center cut salmon fillets, skinned, each about 3-inches square
2 tablespoons amber agave nectar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the salsa: Peel and trim the ends from each orange. Using a paring knife, cut along the membrane on both sides of each segment. Free the segments and add them to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, scallions, mint, capers, orange zest, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Toss lightly and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

For the salmon: Put a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Brush the grilling rack with vegetable oil to keep the salmon from sticking. Brush the salmon on both sides with the agave nectar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until the fish flakes easily and is cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer the salmon to a platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Spoon the salsa verde on top of the salmon or serve on the side as an accompaniment.


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