Monday, November 26, 2012

Panini Grilled Salmon with Coconut Soy Sauce

Who loves salmon? I do! I do! We eat salmon here more than any other fish. BC salmon is delicious! It's one of those things that I cook a lot of at home but will still order off a menu if I go out to eat. Yeah, I love salmon THAT much.


I have maybe six or more different ways of preparing salmon. It's funny because I had a friend once tell me she had no clue how to cook salmon. I think salmon is a very versatile fish and there are so many different ways you can prepare it. You really can't go wrong. Unless you burn it of course :)

This evening after our run, I came home and my husband walked to daycare to pick up our son. We normally run straight to daycare to get him but lately since it has been freezing outside, only one of us goes. I had to come home right away anyways because I had to cook dinner. More like whip up dinner! Today was a busy work day for me and I didn't have time to prepare things in the kitchen before our run. I already knew that I wanted to cook salmon but I wasn't sure how I was going to go about it. I only had about half a fish or maybe 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of salmon. I love baked salmon but it was too small to turn on the big oven for. I didn't want to fry it either since I was already using the stove top to stir fry gai lan (or kai-lan). So I grabbed our panini grill and turned it on.

Cooked salmon on the panini grill.

I have never cooked any "meat" on the panini grill before. It's not meant for things like that. However this was fish and I knew it wouldn't take long to grill. The filets fitted perfectly on it :) I removed the scales, washed the salmon, sliced it, and removed most of its bones. Preparing the salmon for cooking was the most time consuming and ickiest part of making this dish. Having said that, it should only take at most 5 minutes. I was in a big rush today :) I whipped up a quick sauce for it. I didn't have time to plan anything so I just started throwing things together that made sense. It was no more than a five minute whip up and I'm writing down the recipe for the first time right now in this post. Lol. All from memory.

I actually have a confession. I was planning to blog about my stir fry gai lan with grilled beef but something went a bit wrong with that dish so while I was cooking, I decided to take pictures of the salmon instead. Why not, right? It was a fail but not really since I still got a blog post out of it! Don't you just love it when you can do that?!


The salmon was yummy. We served it with freshly cooked brown rice. We also had gai lan beef with the meal. It was all good :)

Panini Grilled Salmon with Coconut Soy Sauce
Serves 4
(Inspired from one of my favorite salmon dishes on Oprah.com)

1 1/2 to 2 lbs of salmon filets
bit of olive oil

Sauce

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2-3 tbsp seafood soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp fried garlic and 1 tbsp of the oil it was fried in

Heat panini grill. Drizzle with the olive oil and place salmon on to grill. Close grill enough to just cover the salmon without being in contact with the salmon. Cook for around 20 minutes, swapping the filet at the front with the one at the back about half way through the cooking.

Melt the coconut oil over the stove top. Turn the heat off. Throw in the chopped green onions, rice vinegar, seafood soy sauce, garlic and oil. Once the salmon is cooked through, remove them over to a serving plate and pour over the prepared sauce. Easy peasy :)


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