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HERB CRUSTED SALMON

February 25, 2012 9:03 pm 0 comments

Herb Crusted Salmon is an incredible and healthy recipe of all those who are conscious on eating healthy and nutritious food. Made with finely chopped fresh herbs, mixed with Dijon mustard and regular mayonnaise create a flavorful browny crust on the broiled Salmon which is low in both calories and sodium.

Salmon is an extraordinary versatile fish, easy to cook but also perfect in more complex, exotic dishes too. It makes a complete and nutritious dish with fantastic taste available with its magnificent health benefits and this little wonder salmon is popular all around the world with its demand continuing to grow. It is an oil rich fish containing essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Scientific evidences show that an increased consumption of oil rich fish, such as salmon, can have significant health benefits.

Most of us think, healthy cooking of salmon on a regular basis would suggest grilling as the simple method of making salmon. But it is good to be more creative and adventures, having a little more open to preferences. Most often it is best to use methods and recipes that complement Salmon’s normal and substantial savor. Salmon fillets are as varied as the savors you can add. The fillets can be given a nice coating with herbs or cooked with different spices. You can also use other methods of cooking the salmon that includes smoking, steaming, poaching, pan-frying, curing and baking which are few amazing choices.

Here’s an easy and tasty cure for salmon fillets with a mix of fresh tarragon, Italian parsley, Dijon mustard, mayo and other spices broiled until done giving it an excellent texture, flakiness and the smell of the herbs wrapped within the crusted baked salmon lightens up your dinner table. This exotic dish absolutely offers a versatile and nourishing option for your preparation adventures. Apart from dazzling, this homemade broiled herb crusted salmon keeps your calories and fat in check. Serve this exceptional dish with fresh salad greens and lemon wedges.

Tarragon is most extensively used and most popular in French cuisine. It is one of the main components of “fines herbs” and Béarnaise sauce and forms a perfect partnership with many chicken and fish dishes in particular. Tarragon is native to Eastern Europe and Asia, although nowadays it is primarily cultivated and produced in France. It is commonly known as a flavoring for vinegar and is often used in pickles, relishes, prepared mustards and sauces. Fresh tarragon goes very well with fish, meat, soups and stews and also adds distinctive flavor to sauces. Tarragon has a slightly bittersweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise.

This makes an incredible dish apart from our regular and popular Indian fish recipe like Fish moilee, Fish fry, Fish pulusu (fish cooked in tamarind sauce), fish curry with garlic etc.

To prepare this Herb crusted salmon in unique way, packed in a ton of flavor with a new twist on classic fish dishes go ahead and try this amazing recipe. This recipe is easy, simple and can be adjusted to your taste.

Firstly line a baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the 2 (8 oz) salmon fillets on the foil. Take a mortar and pestle, combine 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh tarragon and Italian parsley each, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, 1 sliced garlic clove and crush to a fine paste. To this paste, stir in 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoon mayonnaise (regular), a pinch of cayenne, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice for flavor and taste, combine to a nice smooth delicious paste. (Check for seasoning).

Just spread the herb sauce over the salmon, well coated on all sides.  Preheat the oven (broil) on high. Before placing the salmon fillets in the oven; place the baking tray on the burner and heat it up till it starts sizzling. Remove and place it in the oven on a high rack and bake until brown. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depend on the thickness of the fish), or to your own preference. Salmon should flake when done. Serve with your favorite veggie and a cup of brown rice for a healthy and balanced meal!

Tip: Take care when adding fresh tarragon, as it has a very strong aniseed flavor and tends to dominate and drown out other flavors. As far as the fish goes, a center-cut salmon filet is a perfect thickness for this, but other similarly shaped seafood will also work.

Oven-baked salmon flakes and shreds easily, making it an ideal ingredient for Mexican-inspired dishes like burritos and quesadillas. Garnishes with lime juice, dried chiles, and chopped cilantro bring a bold punch of flavor.

This is a great recipe for folks who are terrified of cooking fish! It’s incredibly simple, quick, magnificently and flavorful and so easy! It’s a great technique for cooking the fish properly. Makes a flavorful entrée or appetizer!

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