Another gem from the kitchen of Giada! If you're anything like me, cooking salmon usually means using 1 of 2 things - teriyaki, or honey maple. While both are great for everyday meals (it's really hard to go wrong with salmon..) this healthy recipe gives salmon a fresh taste, packed full of flavour. AND it looks super fancy, great for impressing your guests at a dinner party! :)
What you'll need:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot, diced
2 lemons, juiced
1 lemon, zested
2 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
4 (4-6 oz) pieces salmon
salt and pepper to taste
To make the Lemon Brodetto, warm the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the lemon juice, zest, and broth. Bring to a simmer, and keep warm, covered, over low heat.
To make the Pea Puree, combine the peas, mint, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor and puree. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady drizzle. Transfer the pea puree to a small bowl and stir in the Parmesan. Set aside.
|I added the Parmesan into the blender right away, like you would do for a pesto|
To make the Salmon, warm the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Season the salmon pieces with salt and pepper. Sear the salmon until a golden crust forms, about 4 to 5 minutes on the first side. Flip the fish and continue cooking until medium-rare, about 2 minutes more depending on the thickness of the fish.
|My tiny kitchen stove pulled through with all of this cooking madness|
To assemble the dish, add the tablespoon chopped mint to the Lemon Brodetto and divide between 4 shallow dishes. Place a large spoonful of Pea Puree into the center of each bowl. Place a salmon piece atop each mound of Pea Puree. Serve immediately.
|Add the tbsp of chopped mint for added flavour|
|Pour the broth in each bowl|
|Add a large spoonful of pea puree|
|Add the salmon|
|And garnish with a mint leaf|
This recipe was fairly easy and only took about half an hour to prepare. And how great does it look?! Seriously, it looks a lot more difficult to put together than it actually was. A word to the wise - concentrated lemon juice is NOT the same as squeezing a whole lemon, or at least it wasn't for me. I only had one lemon, and thought I could equal the 1/4 cup of real lemon juice by adding 1/4 cup of bottled lemon juice. Wrong...the lemon flavour was REALLY overpowering and I wish I had just stuck with the one lemon. Oh well, something to learn for next time.