From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I had planned to share a grand dessert with you tonight, but time caught up with me and it never quite made it to the oven. Tomorrow will be a better day, I promise. What I do have to share tonight is an easy Nigella Lawson recipe that is perfect for guests as well as family. The recipe is self-explanatory and the salmon comes together quickly. While I made a few minor changes to her recipe, I wanted to share the original version with you, and simply tell you about the changes I made. As you probably can tell from the photo, I used Atlantic salmon for my version of the dish. I had the fish monger cut a single thick fillet to makes its preparation even easier than in the original recipe. I also left the skin on and removed it just before serving. Over the years, I've learned that the flake test is really the most reliable way to determine if a fish is done, especially if you are working with thick fillets. The sugar in the marinade makes the fillets prone to scorching, so you'll want to carefully watch them as they cook. I make it a point to have everything else I plan to serve with dinner ready to go before I begin to cook the fish, It comes together so quickly that there won't be time for anything else once its done. This is a really nice recipe and I think you'll use it often. Come back tomorrow for the dessert recipe I had planned to feature tonight.
Mirin Glazed Salmon...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Nigella Lawson
1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 scallions, halved and sliced into fine strips
1) Mix mirin, brown sugar, and soy sauce in a shallow dish that will hold all 4 salmon fillets. Stir to dissolve sugar. Place salmon in dish and marinate for 5 –10 minutes, turning once.
2) Meanwhile, set a very large non-stick skillet (or two smaller ones) on a stove burner and heat over medium-high heat. Place salmon fillets, skin side up in hot pan and cook for a few minutes until nicely seared and coated with a rich brown glaze. WATCH CAREFULLY. They can burn quickly. Turn fillets over, reduce heat to medium, and add reserved marinade and water to the pan (if using two pans, add marinade and water to both). Cook 3-5 minutes more, until fish reaches desired doneness. If the sauce looks like it’s reducing or thickening too quickly, just add a bit of water a few tablespoons at a time. Do not let it burn.
3) Transfer salmon fillets to serving platter or plates. If sauce is nicely reduced and thickened, turn off heat. If not, continue to cook over medium heat until desired consistency is reached. Add the rice wine vinegar to the sauce and stir. Pour the sauce over salmon fillets, top with scallions and serve. Yield: 4 servings.
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