Smokey Chipotle-Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

While perusing the internet, I ran across this chipotle-pomegranate glaze over on Simply Scratch.  She had roasted a pork tenderloin in the oven and glazed it with this sauce.  It looked and sounded delicious, but I had salmon out to cook that evening and wondered how the glaze would pair with my salmon. Just when I thought I had eaten salmon every way possible, I tried this and loved it! The smokiness of the chipotle chilies combined with the sweetness of pomegranate juice is just a party in your mouth!

Smokey Chipotle-Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

Smokey Chipotle-Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

 Smokey Chipotle-Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

Adapted from Simply Scratch

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more for searing
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from a can), roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from the can of chipotle peppers)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ½  teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  •  juice of half a lemon
  •  salmon filets (6-8oz each, skin off) **See Liz’s Tidbits**

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425°.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and sauté just until fragrant, about a minute, taking care not to let it burn. Add chopped chipotle peppers and adobo, tomato paste, dark brown sugar, dried mustard, molasses and pomegranate juice to the skillet stirring to combine all ingredients. Simmer, and let reduce for 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice.

Heat an oven proof, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly brush tops of salmon filets with olive oil, and season with salt & pepper. When skillet is hot, add about a tablespoon olive oil to the skillet, put in salmon seasoned-side down, searing until a light brown crust forms, 2-3 minutes. Turn filets over, and immediately place into the preheated oven. Roast 3-5 minutes or until cooked to your preference.  Remove from oven, and top with glaze.

Any unused glaze can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

Liz’s Tidbits:

  • This would also work as a glaze for a whole side of salmon either roasted or grilled.

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Still Haven’t Made Valentine’s Reservations?

By now, if you haven’t made dinner reservations for Valentines, it’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t be dining out! Don’t sweat it, though, as I have a few last minute ideas for cooking at home! Let’s face it, restaurants are going to be packed, and even if you could get reservations, who wants to fight the crowds? Stay home, light some candles and enjoy a nice dinner with your sweetie!

How about

Steak with Brandy Mustard Sauce

Not in the mood for steak?  How about

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

or

Pan Sautéed Redfish with Corn Tomato Avocado Relish

For dessert, this might just satisfy your chocolate craving!

Easy Chocolate Kahlua Mousse

 

 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Double Heart

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Pan Sautéed Redfish with Corn, Tomato & Avocado Relish

Redfish just might be my favorite fish.  My boys are all about salmon, and I like that as well, but there’s just something about a nice piece of redfish that I love.  Also known as Red Drum, it’s very similar to Black Drum and Grouper.  It’s a moist fish, mild in flavor and flaky.  If I’m grilling it, I’ll get it “on the half shell”, meaning the skin and scales are left on (great for protecting the fish from the grill).  For sautéing in the skillet like I did with this dish,  I’ll ask for skinned filets. Chuck, at Groomers, is a master when it comes to cutting and filleting fish!

I recently made up a batch of Emeril Lagasse’s “Essence” spice mix, so I decided to give it a try on my fish.  Not knowing just how spicy it would be, I thought a cool avocado, corn and tomato relish might work to tame the spices a bit. I seasoned the redfish liberally with the “essence”, sautéed it in a skillet, then presented it stacked with the relish. It worked! The fish had a nice spice to it, and the relish worked beautifully to cool things down. It was absolutely delicious and definitely a dish I will add to my repertoire!

Blackened Redfish with Corn, Tomato & Avocado Relish

 Redfish with Corn, Tomato & Avocado Relish

Pan Sautéed Redfish with Corn, Tomato & Avocado Relish

Serves 4

Fish:

  • 4 redfish filets (6-8 ounces each)
  • Emeril’s Essence (recipe follows) or your favorite seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Relish:

  • 1 ear fresh corn, cooked and cut from the cob
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, firm and diced
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Emeril’s Essence

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients for relish in large bowl. Season with salt & pepper, and set aside.

Pat fish dry with paper towel, and brush olive oil on both sides.  Season with Emeril’s Essence or seasoning of your choice.   Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat until hot.  Place fish in skillet and cook 3-4 minutes or until nicely browned.  Turn fish over and cook another 3 minutes or until flakey (will depend on thickness of filet).  Fish will continue to cook once off the heat, so be careful not to overcook.

To plate, you can either top the filets with the relish, or present it like I did but cutting the fish into pieces and layering with the relish.  Bon Appétit!

Liz’s Tidbits:

Feel free to use any fish you’d like for this recipe.  The relish is delicious, and will pair nicely with any fish. Just remember the rule of thumb for cooking fish…10 minutes per inch of thickness.  Obviously a 1-inch thick piece of salmon will take longer to cook than a – ½-inch thick piece of talapia.

Try and find a ripe but firm avocado.  You want the dice to stand up to the rest of the ingredients and not become “mushy” when combined.

Fresh corn really makes a difference in the relish, but if you don’t have it, frozen corn will work just fine.

Sablefish with Orange-Fennel Relish

I always love making trips to my favorite seafood shop, Groomer Seafood here in San Antonio.  Everyone is SO friendly and eager to help you decipher your way around all the fish they carry.  I always seem to leave far more knowledgable about fish than when I walked in.  For this particular dish, I wanted something really nice but wasn’t necessarily in the mood for seabass.  Rick (Groomer) asked if I’d ever tried sablefish, also known as black cod.  It’s one of his favorites, and now I know why.  It was, without a doubt, the most silky & buttery fish I’ve ever eaten.  Few fish are as rich in omega-3 laden fats, which actually makes it very forgiving to the novice cook.  The fat acts as a buffer against overcooking…all the better!

Sablefish are found in the North Pacific, mostly caught in the Bering Sea.  They’re quite abundant, and while quite similar to Chilean seabass, the sablefish is not only easier on your wallet but is also the environmentally superior choice since seabass is threatened in some  fisheries. It’s also one of the top choices of high end restauranteurs and foodies and was made famous by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in his signature dish “Black Cod in Miso”.  Next time you’re looking for a delicious, special fish, head down to Groomers, and give this one a try.

Sablefish with Orange-Fennel Relish

Sablefish with Orange-Fennel Relish

Sablefish with Orange-Fennel Relish

adapted from Best of Cooking Light 2013

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 (12oz) fennel bulb
  • 1 cup fresh orange sections
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup  Castelvetrano olives, halved
  • 4 (6 oz) fillets of fish (I used sablefish aka black cod)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter

Preparation:

Combine first 4 ingredients, 1/8 t salt, and 1/4 t pepper in medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Remove fronds from fennel bulb; chop fronds to measure 2 tablespoons.  Remove and discard stalks.  Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise, discard core, and thinly slice remaining bulb.  Add sliced fennel, orange sections, onion, and olives to orange juice mixture tossing gently to coat.  Stir in fennel fronds.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining salt and pepper.  Add butter to pan and swirl until melted.  Add fish to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Serve with relish.

Liz’s Tidbits:

The original recipe called for sustainable white sea bass (not to be confused with Chilean sea bass).  While I used sablefish, any mild white fish would work equally as well.  It also called for halved Castelvetrano olives.  The only ones I could find were whole olives with seeds, so that’s what I used.
To produce the orange segments called for, you’ll need to “supreme” or segment 2-3 oranges.  See this post for instructions.

Spicy Fish with Olives and Tomatoes-Perfect for Weeknights or Weekend Entertaining

By the time I had a chance to look up from my desk yesterday, it was 7:00pm!  YIKES…where does the time go?  I had some redfish filets out for dinner, but honestly, I hadn’t given much thought as to how I’d prepare them.  After a quick look into the fridge, a container of Kalamata olives were begging to be used as well as some really pretty cherry tomatoes on the counter.  Perfect!  I sent TBP (Teenage Bottomless Pit) out to snip some flat leaf parsley from the garden, and I put MM (Marlboro Man) onto the task of picking out a nice wine (he’s SO good at that!)  I sautéed the fish, made a quick sauce of garlic, crushed red pepper, parsley, tomatoes, olives and a splash of white wine, and voila!…dinner was served.  This was so easy, absolutely packed with flavor and would be great for entertaining as well as a quick weeknight meal!  Use whatever fish you like…tilapia, snapper, cod, halibut, etc.  It’s a great way to incorporate more fish into your diet!

Spicy Fish with Olives and Tomatoes

Treana Wine

Spicy Fish with Olives and Tomatoes

Adapted from Bon Appetite

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 fish filets
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

Preparation

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Lightly season fish with salt and pepper (or your favorite seasoning).  Sauté fish in batches until just opaque in center (this will depend on thickness of fish…tilapia will take 2-3 minutes per side).  Transfer to a platter, tent with foil to keep warm, and repeat with remaining fish.

Lower heat and add garlic, parsley and red pepper; sauté about 1 minute and add the wine, tomatoes and olives.  Sauté until tomatoes are soft and juicy, about 2-3 minutes.  Spoon over fish and serve.

Liz’s Tidbits:

Good quality canned tomatoes can be substituted for fresh if preferred.

Chili Crusted Tuna with Citrus Avocado Sauce

Our friends, Stacey and Danny, brought back some fantastic fresh tuna from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Fortunately, we were some of the lucky ones who got to share in the bounty! Since Danny is such a fantastic cook, he came home and re-created this dish they had tasted down in Cabo. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and hot from the citrus and chili and cool and creamy from the jicama and avocado. It’s also, without a doubt, one of the best tuna dishes I’ve ever had!  Thanks Danny & Stacey!  Isn’t it time to head back down to Cabo and get us some more tuna?  🙂

Chili Crusted Tuna with Citrus Avocado Sauce

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Western Caribbean Dinner Party

My friend, Janine, is from the Caribbean island of St. Croix.  We share a passion for good food, and when I heard she loved to cook, I suggested we get together for a Western Caribbean Dinner Party!  Janine is quite the cook and showed up with Fried Johnnycakes, Saltfish in Butter Sauce, Caribbean Chicken & Rice, and a pot of beans that were some of the best I’ve ever had!…a true tribute to her home island of St. Croix!  She even sang us the song about Johnnycakes that they used to sing as kids!  Thanks, Janine for a evening to remember!

St. Croix

St. Croix

St. Croix

St. Croix

Fried Johnny Cake

Everyday West Indian staple. No Christmas exists on St. Croix without them. Crucians call it johnny cake, however, may be known by a different name on other islands. Goes hand in hand with fried fish as well as saltfish. Or the kids can simply eat them as a snack.

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (or soft butter)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • Oil for frying (Canola or any extra light oil)

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Work shortening or butter gently in with fingertips. Gradually add water until a soft, pliable dough is formed. Knead gently for a few minutes until dough is smooth.

Shape into about 8-10 balls and slightly flatten into about 2-3″ spheres. You’ll need additional dough on the counter to do this. Then drop each sphere in hot, hot cooking oil so that half covers the dough. You should see johnny cake puff and form a larger sphere, and the sides turn brown within a minute or less. When first side is lightly browned, turn over and brown other side. Only turn once. Drain on paper towels.

Other

Last time I cooked these, the kids covered them with powdered sugar. They were yummy that way too. Also, you can add 1/3 slice of a ripened banana, mashed, to the batter. Gives cake more of a ‘benyé’ type flavor, although the shape is not round like a benyé.

Saltfish in Butter Sauce

  • 1 lb. Salted Codfish (bonelss & skinless. If you purchase with bone and skin, it’ll be more work for you because you’ll have to de-bone and de-skin the fish)
  • 1 sliced onion (slice in long slivers)
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 3-4 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1-2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1-1.5 sticks butter
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • Add hot peppers to taste (preferably 1/2 a habanero pepper)

Soak saltfish in bowl, usually overnight, in order to remove excess salt. May have to throw off water twice to really get rid of the salty flavor. Throw off water. Take fish and in a boiling pan, boil fish until it becomes flaky and soft to taste (about 1-1.5 hrs.). In a separate large sauté pan, sauté butter, olive oil sliced onions, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, along with garlic, capers and Adobo and water (until onions and peppers are cooked). Add flaked saltfish. Simmer together for about 30 minutes. Once cooked together, turn off fire, and drop habanero pepper in sauce; swishing throughout to spice the dish up. (Or you can add habanero or pepino peppers to dish when ready to eat).

To serve:

Slice Johnny Cake (or not, simply your choice)

Place saltfish on top of the johnny cake or in between sliced johnny cake.

Top it off with a slice of West Indian avocado (big, smooth, ultra green avocados). Although we call them Alligator Pears, the skin and texture of a Mexican avocado probably looks more like alligator skin than the West Indian avocado. The Alligator Pears a little sweeter and have more water in them.

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