Salmon, Salmon, Salmon!

Grilled Salmon

So it’s summer and you want that great superfish, salmon, right? But you don’t just want to throw it in the oven and see what happens, or plop it on the grill. You want to emulate some great salmon that you had in a restaurant, or just find a way to reinvent salmon. I’m bringing you two great ways to have salmon, both easy summer recipes that are light and delicious.

Salmon with Basil-Lemon Marinade

Grilled Salmon

  • 4 pcs. salmon fillets or steaks (6 oz)
  • 1 large bunch basil, washed and stemmed
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon, approx. 2 tsp
  • Juice of the lemon, 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  1. Place salmon, rinsed, in large casserole dish.
  2. Marinade: combine basil, garlic, oil, rind, juice, salt and pepper, in blender. Whirl until smooth paste. Spread basil mixture. Turn salmon over to coat well. Marinate 30 mins, turn after 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare outdoor grill (heat coals), gas grill to hot or heat oven broiler. Grill salmon, basting with marinate, for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until opaque in centre. Transfer to a plate and serve!

Asparagus Salmon Risotto
Salmon and Asparagus Risotto

  • 2 tblsp. olive oil
  • 3 large shallots, fine chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 oz. smoked salmon, cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste (use little salt)
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the onion and garlic. Saute over low heat for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the rice. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Bring the broth to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer the broth. Add 3/4 to 2 cups of the hot broth 1/2 cup at a time to the rice, stirring constantly after each addition and cooking until the broth is absorbed.
  3. Add the wine. Cook until absorbed, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in the asparagus. Add the remaining broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly after each addition and cooking until the broth is absorbed.
  5. Stir in the salmon. Cook for 5 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

I’d like to invite all of you followers to ask questions and suggest recipes about your favourite ingredients, too!

-A.

Asparagus Salmon Risotto

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Wagamama Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

I have done some researching online and it was simply disappointing. This is another one of my die-for recipes, a grandchild of Wagamama’s Chicken Ramen, which I call Asian-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup. So you can combine the names however you’d like, just know that I’m not affiliated officially with Wagamama and if you don’t like it, that’s not my problem. But I’m not quite sure how you couldn’t like it, because it is damn good soup. As in, you will never go back to normal chicken soup again, even when your sinuses drip is making your stomach flop!

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Wagamama Inspired Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 4 packages ramen noodles with spice packets
  • Chicken broth, egregious amounts
  • 8 tsp soy sauce
  • 9 tsp sake
  • 8 tsp mirin (a ricewine vinegar)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • fresh spinach or seasonal greens
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  1. Mix the soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar , then coat the chicken and marinate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Grill or sear the chicken breast until it is firm, brushing frequently with the sauce while cooking.
  3. Steam the spinach.
  4. Boil the noodles.
  5. Heat the broth, add 1 tblsp of soy, sake, and mirin.
  6. Arrange cooked noodles in the bowl. Slice the chicken and pour in broth. Add greens, then garnish with peanuts and spring onions.

Asian Chicken Soup Wagamama Chicken Ramen

This is the specific “Wagamama Ramen” that Wagamama differentiates from average chicken ramen in its book “The Way of the Noodle.” (The above chicken soup recipe was altered from one from this book as well. You do the same steps, but it includes more seafood, so I’ll just leave you with the toppings so that you can alter the original recipe if you’d like.

  • Half of a boiled egg.
  • Spinach
  • Naruto Fishcake
  • Prawn
  • Teriyaki chicken
  • Crabstick
  • Deep fried tofu
  • Menma
  • Reconstituted wakame

Enjoy!

-A.

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