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Monday, February 7, 2011

Crusty Baked Salmon Fillet

   I love  salmon because it is a very versatile fish to cook with.  It can be raw, grilled, baked, cured, smoked, poached and can handle just about anything you can throw at it.   Flavorful, meaty salmon are readily available here so it can often be our "go to" fish.  The good thing about it's versatility is that the myriad of preparations can keep us from getting tired of eating it.  In the winter when grilling isn't always an option, I like to bake salmon. 
   I often like to add another dimension to it in the form of a crust.  The fatty fish can pair quite well with a crispy bread crust which in turn protects the fish from drying out when baked.  This relatively simple recipe involves a flavorful bread crumb mixture which stays moist on the fish but obtains on a crunchy exterior coat.
  Another great thing about this recipe is that it can be prepared and cooked in about a half hour.  Prepare this for your fussiest guests or make it for a quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

1 whole salmon fillet, skin removed
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cups diced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced carrot
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp paprika
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
Place butter, celery, carrots, onions, salt and pepper in a hot pan and saute for 5 minutes. 
Once it has cooled place mixture in a bowl with bread crumbs, paprika, brown sugar and beaten egg, mix well until coarse but moist. 
Place salmon fillet on a tray with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Take bread crumb mixture and pack it onto the entire surface of the salmon using gentle pressure.

Place salmon in a pre heated 400f oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes. 
Switch oven to broil.
Place under broiler for 1 minute to brown crust until golden brown and crispy.
Remove salmon from broiler, cut portions and serve immediately.
The brown sugar gives the crust a little sweetness which I find pairs quite nicely with the fatty salmon.  Serve with a lemon wedge and a fresh salad of mixed greens.

Prep time:  10 minutes
Cooking time :   21 minutes

3 comments:

Karen said...

Great idea - I bet this salmon was very moist and tender.

Melynda said...

Good morning! I found you through Claudia @ What's Cookin Italian Style. This dish as the others view was the reason to "follow", your food is not only beautiful to the eye, but delicious in presentation and flavor. Thanks for such inspiring posts!

Pegasuslegend said...

love Salmon and this looks sensational!

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