Simple Salmon with Pappa’s Potato Salad and Steamed Bok Choy

DSCN0041Recently my sister discovered an free range farmer from Barrie,ON that provides meat products to the public that are hormone and antibiotic free. Nutrafarms is a family run free range farm that specializes in beef, pork and poultry products; however they also offer other products from other food producers. Among our meat products from Nutrafarms, my sister ordered their organic Altantic Salmon of which I have prepared with much anticipation for the end result.

After defrosting the salmon I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the fish. Usually, when I take fish out of the supermarket wrapping I am immediately overwhelmed by the fishy smell and the texture of the flesh is usually mushy instead of firm. Upon opening the package of salmon the briny scent of the sea escaped the plastic covering. As I reached inside the package and lifted the wonderfully pink salmon onto my baking dish I was content with the firmness of the flesh. On instinct I knew that this fantastic fish didn’t need much to enhance its meaty flavour. Also, I knew that this salmon needed simple side dishes to accompany this simple salmon.

Simple Salmon

4 salmon fillets

2 tbsp sesame oil

juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tbsp sriracha chili sauce

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

2. Mix the sesame oil, lime juice, soy sauce and sriracha chili sauce until combined.

3. Brush half of the marinade on each salmon fillet and cover with foil.

4. Bake for 25 minutes.

5. Remove foil, reduce temperature of the oven to 400 F and brush remaining marinade on the fillets.

6. Return to the oven for 15 minutes for a delicate browning finish.

Pappa’s Potato Salad

4 to 5 medium yellow potatoes

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

salt

pepper

1. Boil the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside and peel once they have cooled down. Cut into cubes.

2. Thinly slice the onion and submerge in cool water for 5 minutes. This helps to release some the of the bitterness from the onion and allows its sweetness come through.

3. Place the cubed potatoes and sliced onions in a large salad bowl, pour in the olive oil and vinegar followed by the sprinkling of paprika, salt and pepper. Gently toss until the potatoes are well dressed.

Steamed Bok Choy

1 bunch of bok choy

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

juice of 1 lime

1. Chop the bok choy and steam in a double boiler for 8 minutes.

2. Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice in a medium salad boil.

3. Once the bok choy is steamed immediately add it to the sesame dressing. Toss until well dressed. The heat for the bok choy will allow the flavours of the dressing to infuse into the tender leaves.

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