Thursday, July 28, 2011

Macadamia Nut and Herb Crusted Salmon

I love being the matchmaker; love marrying my favorite ingredients. It was a cool June night here in Chicago when I made this dish. No, I didn’t make this for 2 people. I had the other piece for dinner the next night and it still taste really good.

The fatty hearty salmon is the perfect fish to carry off this wonderful savory crust with a hint of sweetness from the mild honey. Serve this as part of a complete meal with a side of vegetables and rice or noodles.

Ingredients (serves 1 to 2):
1. 6 oz salmon fillet (2 portions)
2. ¼ cup raw macadamia nuts, chopped
3. ¼ cup Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
4. 1 tablespoon mild honey
5. Salt and pepper to taste
6. 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1. Mix all ingredients except salmon and grapeseed oil in a bowl
2. Coat each fillet with a generous serving of the mixture on one side. Then let chill in the fridge on a sheet tray or plate for about 30 mins to 1 hour.
3. Heat a flat sauté pan with grapeseed oil. When pan is hot, lay salmon fillets, crusted side down and sear for about 4 to 6 minutes until the nut/herb crust is golden brown depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets.
4. Turn fillets to the other side and sear for another 4 to 6 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets.
5. Cover sauté pan and let the salmon fillets cook for about 2 to 3 minutes for desired doneness.
6. Serve with your favorite starches, can be rice, potatoes or noodles!

Nutritional value of this recipe:
1 serving of this recipe is about 350 calories and boasts 20 g of protein and 1.5 g of dietary fiber. It also contains a good amount of vitamin B12 and selenium.

* based on a 2,000 calories a day diet

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