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NorcalAngler
10-15-2012, 09:40 PM
By now hopefully everyone has or had some nice salmon fillets or steaks in their fridge and/or freezer. What are your favorite recipes?

Mine is from the head recipe follows; make sue to share yours.

SALMON HEAD SOUP

You will need some Japanese ingredients to make this dish, but they are not terribly hard to find. Easy, actually, if you have an Asian market near you.

Serves 4-6.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

4 salmon heads (gills removed)
1 small onion, chopped, about 1 cup
A 2-inch piece of dried kombu seaweed (optional)
A 3-inch piece of peeled and slivered ginger
Salt
1/4 cup mirin (sweet wine)
Asian noodles (somen, udon or rice noodles)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons white miso paste
Chives and sliced chiles for garnish
Wash the salmon heads well to remove any blood or gills. Gills will ruin the broth by making it bitter and cloudy. Cover the heads with water in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onion, kombu and ginger and bring to a bare simmer. Do not let this boil. Simmer gently for 20 to 30 minutes.
Strain the broth and save the heads. Pick out all the meat from the heads, especially the cheek meat. Reserve in a bowl.
Return the broth to a clean pot and add the mirin. Heat but do not let boil. Add the soy sauce. If the broth still needs salt, add salt not more soy sauce, as that will make the broth too dark.
Bring another pot of salted water to a boil: This is for the noodles. Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package.
Ladle out some broth into soup bowls. Add a heaping teaspoon of miso (or more) to each bowl and stir to combine. Portion out the noodles to each bowl. Add the salmon meat on top of the noodles. Each person should get at least one cheek. Cover with more broth, garnish with chives and sliced chiles and serve at once.

BIG_ONE
10-16-2012, 01:41 PM
Here's my favorite personal recipe:

1 Salmon fillet of any size w/ skin or w/o skin.
1 Cup of Mayonnaise(preferred Best Food - Miracle Whip if you like a sweet flavor).
1/3 Cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
1 tea spoon of freshly minced basil(dry basil can be done but preferably fresh).
1/3 cup of salsa(any pre-made will work - but home made preferred).
1 clove minced garlic.
2 tea spoon of minced cilantro and green/spring onions(fresh always).
1 cube of melted butter.
1 tea spoon of minced lemon grass(fresh always).

And now you mix them all together with the mayonnaise. Brush the sauce on the salmon(coat it thick), and wrap it in foil. Bake or grill, check the meat repeatedly every 10-15 minutes until its 3/4 cooked(salmon absorbs heat a lot and will continue cooking during it's resting time to cool off).

For those w/ skin on.
Take out the fillet all in once piece, heat up a hot sizzling pan, add peanut oil and pan seer the skin until crispy golden brown. Serve with any side dish you wish...happy eating all!!!