Friday, April 1, 2011

My Cooking Journal 6 - Chinese Style Pan Fried Salmon Fillet

Fish is a well known food that is high in protein. Salmon fish (oily fish) is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (also known as polyunsaturated fat) is a good source of vitamin A and D. Eating salmom fish can help to improve mental health, reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease as this fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Generally, eating two serving of oily fish a week can helps to obtain the necessary amount of fatty acids our body needs. Other types of oil fish are anchovies, sardines, trout, eel, mackerel and swordfish.
However, note that pregnant woman should avoid eating large fish (such as sharks, swordfish and tilefish) as these fish contains high level of mercury, polychroinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins which will cause harm to growing baby's nervous system (Singapore Health Promotion Board).  

Now, I am going to introduce my chinese style pan fry salmon fish. It takes approximately 40 minutes to cook including preparation time.

  1. 1 piece thick salmon steak  - Cut into 2 slices if you prefer
  2. 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  3. 1/2 inch of ginger (minced) - Use a pounder to extract some ginger juice for seasoning
  4. 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon dry sherry (optional)
  7. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  8. 2 teaspoon lime juice
  9. Small pinch of pepper
  10. 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  11. Butter or Olive Oil
  1. 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  3. 1 teaspoon ginger juice (optional) - Keep the squashed ginger for marinate 
  4. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  5. 1 teaspoon lime juice
  6. Small pinch of pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon Sugar

In a small bowl, mixed together all the above seasoning.

  1. Marinate the salmon steak with the above seasoning . Coated the salmon steak with the seasoning sauce.
  3. Then add in minced garlic and ginger (or squashed ginger) and place on top of the salmon steak.  Season the salmon steak for about 30minutes to 60 minutes- set aside. (Note that marinate will be reserved as the salmon sauce).
  4. Heat pan, add butter or olive oil, spread evenly on the pan. 
  5. Add the salmon steak, pan fry each side of the salmon steak for about 4 minutes over medium-high heat.
  6. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Add the reserve marinate including minced garlic and ginger and 1 teaspoon dry sherry (optional) to pan. Cook until sauce reduce to about half or until slightly syrupy. 
  8. Pour the sauce on top of the salmon. 
  9. Sprinkler some lime juice on top of the salmon.
  10. Ready to serve.

My Sauce Preferance - Light Soy Sauce

  My Sauce Preferance - Hoisin Sauce

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