Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Oven poached salmon and mash

We all know fish is good for you but people are often put off with how to cook it (other than battered and fried!) so that it is tasty, quick and someting that the whole family will enjoy it.

Salmon is a family favourite and this is a really lovely way to cook it that keeps the fish moist but is also very healthy.

Start by placing a piece of salmon on a large square of foil (the shiny side should be facing inwards and the matt side on the surface- this will mean that the heat is absorbed into the packet rather than reflected). Drizzle over some olive oil and some seasoning. Add a few drops of lemon juice and a tiny dusting of curry powder (you won't really taste this but it adds a lovely dimension).

Pull up the sides of the foil so that it is an open package and pour in a couple of tablespoons of white wine.

Then seal the top of the foil to enclose the salmon. Keep it quite loose so that steam can circulate to cook the salmon evenly.

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for 25 minutes.

Serve with vegetables and potatoes of choice- works very well with buttered new potatoes. This time I did it with mashed potatoes and steamed brocolli.

And the best way of telling it is a hit- the girls clearing their plates!
For a more adult version you can flavour the salmon a little more- slices of lemon, bay leaves all give a nice added delicate flavour.

Cook as before and the lemon and bay leaves will gently infuse the salmon.

I served this with boiled and buttered anaya potatoes and a vegetable stir fry with a chilli dressing.

Really delicious, healthy and something you can whisk together in half an hour.

Til soon....

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