Posts Tagged ‘Fish’

Chermoula Salmon

May 31, 2013


Another simple salmon recipe: just slather salmon with chermoula–a pesto-like Moroccan marinade–and roast until done (in my toaster oven, this takes 20 minutes at 425 degrees, but your mileage may vary).


Tapenade Salmon with Orange Spinach en Papillote

May 23, 2013
Tapenade Salmon en Papillote over Orange Spinach before baking

Tapenade Salmon en Papillote over Orange Spinach before baking

This is an easy, low-carb make-ahead supper. Well, it is easy if you buy a jar of  olive spread (I used Ta’amti tapenade).

It also helps if you know how to cook “en papillote,” which is a French term for cooking something wrapped in paper. According to the dictionary, the term doesn’t come from “papier” (paper) but “papillon” (butterfly). Maybe because the paper is traditionally cut into a heart shape, folded in half, so it looks a bit like a butterfly? I don’t know . . . But, you can even more easily wrap the fish in a rectangular piece of foil and that will still accomplish the primary “en papillote” goal of trapping and infusing flavor during baking. I have made this fish in foil and in paper and both ways work.

Here is what you do: saute baby spinach with garlic and orange zest and then lay it on a piece of parchment or foil (traditionally, the paper is greased, but I didn’t bother and it was fine). Spread a piece of salmon with tapenade and place the salmon over the spinach. Squeeze over a little lemon juice. Wrap the fish up in the foil or parchment (here is how you crimp the parchment, if that is what you are using). Set the package aside in the refrigerator until about 20 minutes before you want to serve the fish. Then cook the fish and serve.

You could also make this fish without the paper or foil, just roasting it uncovered on a baking sheet. The spinach can be cooked separately on the stove instead of with the fish in the oven. The en papillote method seems to infuse the flavors more, plus you get a delicious blast of savory aromas when you open the package. Olive, orange and garlic fuse together, creating an aroma that is intense, almost meaty in its umami-ness (if that is a word).

The spinach all by itself is lovely, fragrant with garlic and a hit of orange that is both unexpected and yet absolutely right. If you want to make the spinach separately, you can just leave the spinach in the pan in which you wilt it, cover it and cook it another 20 minutes on low before serving.



South African Sweet and Sour Gefilte Fish Sauce

February 24, 2012

Me to husband: Oooh, “South African Sweet and Sour Gefilte Fish.” Doesn’t that sound good? Should I make that?

Husband: I like plain gefilte.

Me: The gefilte in this recipe is baked with a sauce made with apricot jam, vinegar, onions, ginger, golden raisins . . . .

Husband: I like plain gefilte.

Me: Well, I could make plain gefilte and make the sauce to serve on the side.

Husband: Fine. As long the gefilte is plain.

So, I made the sauce and served it on the side. And, guess what? Huge hit. Husband approved and asked for more (actually slathered on the sauce, which ended up being incredibly good).

The sweet and tangy, with a little burn from the spices, this South African gefilte sauce is a delicious alternative to the usual chrain.  It is kind of a chutney, and I imagine it might be a nice condiment or sauce for other dishes (chicken? meatballs? tofu?).


Garlic Paprika Tilapia

January 15, 2012

My grandmother A”H used to make wonderful garlic carp. She would take carp steaks and rub them with garlic, salt and paprika and then bake the fish for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. This carp was one of her fish specialties, along with pickled salmon.

I tried this with some tilapia filets, and the delectable smell of this cooking brought my family to the table in record time.

Here is what I did: mashed garlic to a paste with a little salt and rubbed it all over the fish filets (1 clove was enough for three filets). Sprinkled over a very generous amount of paprika. I added a light sprinkle of Paul Prudhomme blackened fish seasoning (which has paprika, herbs, garlic powder, onion powder and some other spices).  Then I drizzled over some olive oil and rubbed the oil and seasoning into the fish.

I roasted the fish at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes (it was really done after about 10-15 minutes, but my husband likes his fish really well cooked).

Bonus: Sierra has a recipe for sauteed tilapia with tomato garlic  sauce that looks nice. I was originally thinking of serving my tilapia with tomato sauce, but the fish got eaten up before I had a chance to implement this plan.

Salmon Puffs

October 1, 2011

Imagine little borekas, but with a surprise bite of Dijon Dill Salmon on the inside instead of the usual potato or cheese or spinach. If that appeals to you, then you will love these little puffs.

This is adapted from Chavi Sperber’s recipe for Salmon Pastry Boxes in the Joy of Kosher Magazine. The original recipe called for making puff pastry and cutting it into eight squares (5″ square). I used pre-made puff squares (about 3″ square). Instead of cutting the salmon into eight chunks, I cut it into 18 pieces and made smaller two-bite puffs. I shaped and baked the puffs differently, too. Instead of baking them at 350, I baked them at 375 degrees, convection mode (400 degrees regular mode). One more thing: I eliminated the cute scallion garnish (you tie the puffs like little packages).

These are delicious and different. And easy, too!


Pesto Tilapia

August 11, 2011

This fish got attacked straight from the oven, so I didn’t have a whole piece left for a photo.

A very easy dish, especially if you have pesto already made. Just spread pesto on the fish (about 1 Tbl. per fillet) and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or so. About halfway through baking, sprinkle over some Parmesan cheese (about a Tbl. or so per fillet) and continue baking until the top is golden and the fish flakes easily. I tried added some chopped sun-dried tomatoes, but they burn pretty easily. If you want to add the sun-dried tomatoes, add them towards the end of baking.

I made Melissa Clark’s pesto from the NYT (1/2 cup toasted pignoli nuts, 4 ounces basil, 3/4 cup olive oil, 2-3 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp. salt). I froze a batch, then cut it up in cubes. Whenever I need a bit of pesto for a recipe, I pull a cube or so from the container in the freezer.

Suzy Cohen’s Moroccan Salmon

August 4, 2011

Salmon simmered in a spicy tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes, olives and chick peas. This easy but different fish course comes from Suzy Cohen. “Great for Friday night dinners,” she wrote on the recipe, “A real crowd pleaser!”


Asian Honey-Barbecue Tilapia

August 2, 2011

This recipe comes from Good Housekeeping, April 2006, the “Home Cooking/Restaurant Request” column. A reader had tasted this fish dinner–one of the best she’d ever had–at Tautog’s Restaurant at Winston’s Cottage. The menu at the Virginia Beach eatery describes this as “‘Oven-Roasted Tilapia glazed with a combination of Honey, Soy, Pineapple, Ginger and Asian Spices.

This makes a nice meal with brown rice and steamed string beans.


Pan Seared and Slow Roasted Salmon Trio

July 22, 2011

Cook’s Illustrated had a article on making better glazed salmon. The basic idea is this: (1) coat the salmon with a mixture of brown sugar and cornstarch (1 tsp. brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, black pepper, as needed); (2) sear the salmon in a hot pan to brown it; (3) cover the salmon with a sauce that has been cooked down a bit with a little cornstarch to thicken it and make it stick to the salmon; (4) bake the salmon at 300 degrees until done.


Caramelized Chili Lime Tilapia

June 24, 2011

Tilapia, seared with chili, scallions, garlic, and basil, coated with a caramel lime sauce. I was inspired to make this dish after flipping through Donna Hay’s The Instant Cook, although my recipe doesn’t exactly match anything in her book. (more…)