Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Herb and Seed Crusted Salmon with Broccoli Mash

Mmmmm salmon! Pretty much my favorite protein of all time - and there are so many delicious ways to cook it! Hubby is not a fan at all, so it's not something we have for dinner very often. I was totally in the mood the other day though, and had some leftover steak in the fridge to keep hubby happy so I was free to indulge in a salmony dinner.

This one I decided to crust with a yummy combination of herbs and seeds and then oven baked it and served it on broccoli mash and topped with steamed carrots.

Herb and Seed Crusted Salmon with Broccoli Mash

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free

1 fistful fresh chives 
1 fistful fresh coriander
1 fistful fresh parsley (the exact quantities of the 3 herbs are not overly important - just use as much or as little as you like of each flavor)
1 clove garlic
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
salt and pepper to taste

1 medium sized salmon fillet, bones removed

1/4 head broccoli (about 1 cup, cut into small florets)
1/4 cup coconut milk
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 210C.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine the chives, coriander, parsley, garlic, lemon, tahini, sesame seeds, chia seeds, salt, and pepper. Blend until a pesto-like consistency is formed. 
3. Place the salmon on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Press the herb mix on top of the salmon.
4. Bake for about 15 minutes until salmon is just cooked through. 
5. While the salmon is cooking, lightly steam or blanch the broccoli. When cooked to the point of being easily about to poke a fork or knife into it, remove from heat and drain water of necessary. Add the coconut milk and seasoning, then blend with a stick blender until a mash forms but not until pasty (or in a blender if you don't have a stick blender). Adjust coconut milk and seasoning to taste. 
6. Serve salmon on top of broccoli and top with steamed carrots or serve with any other vegetables that take your fancy.