Friday, August 1, 2014

Crispy Salmon with Cherry Salsa

This recipe is my own adaptation of Heather Christo's recipe here. I really only switched out the strawberries for cherries, added a little tomato to the salsa and marinated the salmon. Slight changes to a seriously awesome recipe. Really, I think she's a genius! This dish is so simple yet delicious and elegant all at the same time. Now how often can you say that? 

As a side note, this recipe is also seriously healthy. Salmon is considered one of the healthiest foods you can possibly eat and cherries are full of lovely antioxidants, they can even help you sleep better! So no need to feel guilty about gobbling this baby down. 

Crispy Salmon with Cherry Salsa

1 filet of salmon, skin on
1/2 inch grated fresh ginger
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
salt  and pepper

1 cup cherries, pitted and quartered 
half a tomato, diced
1/4 of a small red onion, finely chopped
a few sprigs of mint, roughly chopped
a small handful of basil, roughly chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
juice from half a lemon

Rinse your salmon and pat dry with paper towel. 
Combine the garlic, ginger, soy sauce and a pinch each of salt and pepper (to taste) in a bowl. 
Place salmon in marinade making sure the mixture is rubbed slightly into your fish. Cover and let set for as long as you desire. The longer it sits the more flavour it will absorb. 
Make sure to place in the fridge if you're going to let it marinate for more than a few minutes. 
When you are ready to cook your salmon, heat up a knob of butter with a drizzle of oil in a pan. I prefer using a heavier pan, cast iron if you have it. 
When your pan is nice and hot place your filet skin side down to crisp up, try not to move it. 
After about 3 minutes flip your salmon and finish cooking for about another 3 minutes until it's just cooked through. (cooking times will vary depending on the size of your fish)
Place on a bed of arugula and serve immediately with your salsa. 

To prepare the salsa simply chop all ingredients and throw into a bowl. Season with a bit of salt and drizzle some balsamic vinegar over top to taste with a squeeze of lemon. Toss everything together and serve atop your deliciously crispy salmon.


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