Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yummm! Salmon Recipes to Die For!

I double-heart salmon, for real! I've been dying for a good salmon burger for weeks now and was recently devastated to learn the Soul Food Restaurant (White Lily/Samantha's Southern Cuisine in Brooklyn) I had my first one at has closed down.

So in honor of the wonderful women at Samatha's (Though in my head, you will always be White Lily!) I have scanned the web for some delicious salmon recipes.

Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon

Recipe courtesy

1 scallion, minced
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 pound center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 4 portions
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds (see Tip)


Whisk scallion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a medium bowl until the honey is dissolved. Place salmon in a sealable plastic bag, add 3 tablespoons of the sauce and refrigerate; let marinate for 15 minutes. Reserve the remaining sauce.

Preheat broiler. Line a small baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Transfer the salmon to the pan, skinned-side down. (Discard the marinade.) Broil the salmon 4 to 6 inches from the heat source until cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with the reserved sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

How to skin a salmon fillet: Place salmon fillet on a clean cutting board, skin-side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

To toast seeds: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Salmon Cakes

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray


Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
3 (6-ounce) portions cooked salmon or 3 (6-ounce) cans salmon, drained well
1 1/2 cups cracker meal
2 large eggs, beaten
2 rounded teaspoons Old Bay seasoning blend
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
20 blades fresh chives, snipped or chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh dill, a handful, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Salad greens
Coarse salt
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1/2 cup mayonnaise or reduced fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup chili sauce
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
Heat a large, heavy skillet with 1 inch of frying oil over moderate heat.

Flake the cooked cooled salmon with a fork. Add cracker meal to the bowl and work through the fish with your hands. Add the eggs, seasoning, pepper, chives, dill, pepper sauce, and the zest of one lemon to the bowl. Combine the ingredients well with your hands. If the mixture is a little wet, add a bit more cracker meal. Form 3-inch patties of salmon cakes 1-inch thick. You should yield 8 to 10 cakes. Fry cakes until golden in a single layer 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel lined plate.

Toss salad greens with coarse salt and the juice of the lemon you zested. Drizzle the greens with a little extra-virgin olive oil and re-toss the salad to coat.

Combine mayonnaise, chili sauce and relish in a small dish. To serve, place salmon cakes on a bed of baby greens, 2 cakes per person and top with chili mayonnaise sauce.

Fired Up Rosemary Salmon

Recipes courtesy Paula "Hey Y'all!" Deen (Sorry, I had to do it! LOL)

1 fillet salmon, skin-on, between 5 to 7-pounds
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 bunches fresh rosemary sprigs, plus more, for garnish
Lemon or orange slices
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Using small fish tweezers remove pin bones from the length of the salmon and discard.

Place salmon skin side down on tin foil in a large roasting pan and season with a tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper. Place the sprigs of rosemary and lemon slices over the salmon so that they are overlapping and form a tent over the salmon. Wrap each salmon in the tin foil and roast for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

Remove the salmon from the oven and bring to a well ventilated outdoor area. Light the oven dried rosemary on fire over the salmon. Let the ash fall over the salmon leaving streaks of concentrated rosemary flavor.

Using a large fish spatula, remove the side of salmon from the roasting pan and place on a platter. Garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary and lemon wedges.

Jammin' Salmon Burgers

Recipe courtesy Aaron McCargo Jr.

For Burgers:
2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
2 eggs
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lemon, zested
4 tablespoons Dill Mayonnaise, recipe follows
2 (6 1/2-ounce) cans Alaska skinless and boneless pink salmon, drained well
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In medium bowl, combine, parsley, onions, eggs, panko, black pepper, salt, lemon zest and Dill Mayonnaise together. Add drained salmon and mix well together. Make 4 patties and set aside.

In a large skillet on medium, heat 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Place burgers in skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned. Turn and brown other side. Place in oven for 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve on buns with Dill Mayonnaise.

Dill Mayonnaise:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

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