Blackened Salmon with flame roasted vegetable rice salad

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blackened Soy Salmon with rice salad

Salmon marinated in dark soy sauce, wok oil and brown sugar, pan-fried with crispy skin. Served with a rice salad with flame roasted and crunchy fresh salad vegetables. Completed with a dressing made from soy, sugar, lime juice and coriander leaf.

A really healthy dish but one that is packed with flavour. It is also a great excuse to use my favourite kitchen gadget – my blowtorch. Dont worry if you don’t have one, simply dry roast the vegetables in a very hot oven for 5-7 minutes.

The salmon is marinated several hours ahead of cooking and is left with a black coating that caramelises when cooked in a hot pan. Cooking skin side down for most of the cooking to get the skin nice and crispy – after all nobody likes skin on a fish if it isn’t crispy.

Brown salad rice is cooked then cooled ready for the vegetables, half of which are roasted using the blowtorch for deep flavour and the rest are left raw to give the dish some nice crunchy texture.

The dish is completed with a dressing made from brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice and coriander.

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Serves two people

Preparation time 25 minutes (plus 1-2 hours to marinade), cooking time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the salmon

2 Keta Salmon fillets – make 2-3 diagonal slices  in the skin to help skin crisp up

1 dessert spoon Dark soy sauce

1 dessert spoon wok oil

1 dessert spoon brown sugar

Marinade – the soy, oil and sugar in a bowl until combined. Add the salmon coating on both sides then place in fridge for 1-2 hours. Remove 30 minutes before cooking to bring back to room temperature.

For the rice salad

150g brown rice – cook, drain and cool

2 red onions – diced, add to pan for roasting

2 red bird eye chillies – add to pan for roasting

2 green bird eye chillies – add to pan for roasting

1 romano red pepper – add to pan for roasting

3-4 tbsp sweetcorn – add to pan for roasting

4 plum tomatoes – skin, deseed, chop, add to pan for roasting

10cm cucumber – peel, deseed, dice. Raw for crunch

1 small carrot – cut into fine batons. Raw for crunch

1 stick celery – dice, raw for crunch

3 spring onions – finely slice, raw for crunch.

Method: Retain the fresh vegetables in a bowl ready to add to rice. For the roasting vegetables add to a stainless steel pan and use a blowtorch to roast the vegetables until charred. Alternatively add vegetables to a dry baking tray and roast in a very hot oven for 5-7 minutes.

For the dressing

2 dessert spoons brown sugar

2 dessert spoons dark soy sauce

Juice of a lime

Handful coriander leaf – very finely chop, retain a little for garnish.

Method: Mix well in a bowl until combined. Give a second mix prior to serving.

 

Cooking instructions

  1. For the salmon heat a dry non stick frying pan over a hot heat until very hot. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place skin side down in the pan and cook for 7 minutes. Turn the salmon and cook for 5 minutes on the other side then remove from the pan. These are typical times for average sized fillets, for large or small adjust time by a couple of minutes.
  2. Assemble the rice salad. In a large mixing bowl add the rice, the roasted vegetables and the fresh vegetables. Pour in the salad dressing then mix well until fully combined.
  3. Serve the dish by making a bed of rice salad then place the cooked salmon on top. Sprinkle a little finely chopped coriander on as a garnish.

 

 

Fish Tacos

A great recipe for wonderful fresh fish tacos. Strips of fresh Sea Bass in a light beer batter inside corn tortillas, served with salsa, lime wedges and sour cream.

One of my favourite Mexican dishes and also one of the easiest to make. Simply cut fresh fish into strips, coat in flour then batter and then deep-fried until crispy on the outside. Served inside a warmed corn tortillas with a side of salsa made from tomatoes, sweetcorn, avocado, red onion, lime juice, coriander leaf, a little sugar and seasoning. A dollop of sour cream completes the dish.

The important thing here is the freshness of the sea bass and the salsa ingredients to give that true taste of Mexico. Making the salsa around 1-2 hours in advance lets the flavours fully develop, it is best kept at room temperature as tomatoes love the heat. It is also important to leave making the beer batter until the last-minute so it stays light.

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Serves two People

Preparation time 15 minutes, cooking time less than 10 minutes (salsa best made 1-2 hours in advance)

 

Ingredients

2 Sea bass fillets – remove skin and cut into strips 2 cm thick

4 corn tortillas – warmed in a pan before serving

50g seasoned flour – in a plate or flat-bottomed bowl to coat fish

Oil to deep fry

Sour cream – a dollop on the side

Lime wedges – to garnish

For The batter

225-250g plain flour

330ml chilled lager beer – I used san miguel

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/3 tsp salt

For the salsa

4 round tomatoes – finely chopped

1 avocado – diced

2-3 Tbsp sweetcorn

1 medium red onion – diced

Handful coriander leaf – finely chopped

1 red chilli – finely sliced

Pinch of brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Cooking instructions

  1. Start by making the Salsa. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well, cover and set aside at room temperature until ready to serve. The salsa is best made at 1-2 hours in advance as this gives the flavours time to develop.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan to around 190ºC – the oil needs to be deep enough to completely submerge the largest piece of fish. Heating the oil to this temperature also ensures the fish will cook very quickly and that the batter will seal and prevent oil seeping into the fish pieces.
  3. Mix the batter ingredients in a deep bowl until a smooth batter is formed. Coat each piece of fish in the seasoned flour then into the batter mixture then add to the hot oil. The fish will cook very quickly and try to turn each piece after 1 minute. Once the fish is a light golden colour on all sides remove from the oil and drain well on absorbent paper.
  4. Warm the corn tortillas in a frying pan, then serve immediately with the fish inside the tacos and the salsa on the side – adding it too early will make the tacos go soggy. A dollop of sour cream and a lime wedge completes the dish.

 

 Fish tacos