Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins
I just loooooove the combination of lime and fresh coriander. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. In this recipe from 'Delia Smith's Winter Collection', you've got it on top of the salmon as well as in the salsa. Of course you can only do the salmon or only the salsa, but the two go really well together. I served this with what we call here 'wild rice mix'. It's white long grain rice with pieces of wild rice in it. Marinating time is NOT included in the cooking time. The ingredients and in particular the salsa is very much like Tex-Mex cuisine.
for the SALMON
- 6 (5 -6 ounce) salmon steaks (150-175g)
- 3 fat garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons rock salt (level teaspoons)
- 1 1⁄2 inches piece gingerroot (4-cm)
- 2 limes, zest of grated, reserve the juice for the salsa
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cumin
- 6 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (15g)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- black pepper (freshly milled)
for the SALSA
- 2⁄3 cup dried black beans, soaked overnight in twice their volume cold water (4oz, 110g)
- 3 medium ripe but firm tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and finely chopped
- 1 red chile, de-seeded and finely chopped
- 15 g fresh coriander (1/2oz, ca 7 tbsp)
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 limes, juice of (reserved from the salmon recipe)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- To make the salsa, rinse the beans in plenty of cold water, put them in a saucepan with enough water to cover, bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat and simmer the beans for 30 minutes until tender. Drain and allow them to cool completely before adding all the other ingredients. Then leave them covered for several hours to allow the flavours to develop.
- A few hours before you want to cook the salmon, wipe each of the steaks with damp kitchen paper and remove any visible bones using tweezers. Place the salmon on a plate, then, with a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic cloves and rock salt together until you have a creamy purée. Now add the grated ginger, lime zest, cinnamon and cumin, 1 tbsp of olive oil and the chopped coriander, and a good grind of black pepper. Mix everything together and spread a little of this mixture on each salmon steak. Cover with clingfilm and set aside for the flavours to develop and permeate the salmon.
- When you're ready to cook the salmon, pre-heat the grill to its highest setting. Brush the baking sheet with olive oil and put it under the grill to heat up. When the grill is really hot, remove the baking sheet using an oven glove, and place the salmon pieces on it. They will sear and sizzle as they touch the hot metal. Position the tray 3 inches (7.5 cm) from the heat and grill them for 7 minutes exactly. Use a kitchen timer as the timing is vital.
- Remove them when the time is up and use a sharp knife to ease the skins off. Transfer to warm plates and garnish with sprigs of coriander. Serve immediately with the black bean salsa.
I love this salmon recipe from Delias cookbook, i discovered it a few months ago and have been making it ever since. really worth trying!