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Maple & Ginger Glazed Salmon with Watercress, Orange and Parsnip Salad

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yet another Blue Apron meal. loved it! all the years of getting and eating parsnips from our CSA I never thought to eat them raw, duh! they are SO good raw!!!!! the glaze for the salmon was so yummy. I really try not to be farmed salmon and this was farm salmon from Scotland they said…. it was still pretty good. I’ve made the glaze again for fresh wild sockeye salmon (my fav!) and it came out great again.

Maple & Ginger Glazed Salmon with Watercress, Orange and Parsnip Salad from Blue Apron
About 590 Calories Per Serving
Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients
3 Scallions
2 Cloves Garlic
1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
1 Bunch Watercress
1 Orange
1 Parsnip
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
2 Skin-On Salmon Fillets

Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Trim off and discard the roots of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions on an angle, separating the white and green parts. Peel and slice the garlic. Peel and mince the ginger. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the orange, avoiding the pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Halve the orange. Juice one half into a bowl. Cut off and discard the pith and peel of the remaining half then cut into bite-sized pieces. Place 1/3 of the white parts of the scallions into the bowl of orange juice. Peel and cut the parsnips into thin matchsticks.

Toast the sunflower seeds & make the vinaigrette:
Heat a large pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Add the sunflower seeds and toast, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly brown and fragrant. Transfer the toasted seeds to a small bowl and set aside as you continue cooking. Wipe out the pan. To make the vinaigrette, season the orange juice-scallion mixture with salt and pepper then slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined.

Cook the salmon:
Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan used to toast the seeds, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fillets, skin side down first, and cook, loosely covering the pan with aluminum foil, 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until the skin is crispy and the fish is cooked through. Transfer the cooked fish to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Make the glaze:
In the same pan used to cook the fish, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic, ginger and remaining white parts of the scallions and cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until softened and fragrant. Add the maple syrup, orange zest, soy sauce, sesame oil and ¼ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until well combined and slightly thickened.

Glaze the salmon:
Add the cooked salmon to the pan of glaze, skin side down. Cook, spooning the sauce over the salmon to completely coat, 1 to 2 minutes or until the sauce is reduced in volume and thickened. Turn off the heat and set the pan aside as you dress the salad.

Finish & plate your dish:
Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine the watercress, chopped orange, parsnip and all but a pinch of the toasted sunflower seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Add in enough vinaigrette to coat the greens (you may have extra vinaigrette) and toss to thoroughly mix. To plate your dish, divide the glazed salmon and salad between 2 plates. Top each fillet with a spoonful of glaze. Garnish with the green parts of the scallions and remaining sunflower seeds. Enjoy!

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