Monday, February 26, 2007

Wasabi Salmon with Lime

Without a doubt, salmon is by far one of my favorites. It's got such a lovely flavor, and it's great prepared thousands of ways. It's also reasonably healthy, being high in protein, low in fat, and high in Omega-3's.

I also am a huge fan of wasabi peas, which are basically dehydrated peas coated in wasabi powder. They are a relatively healthy snack as well, and have such a spicy little kick.

When I saw this recipe in March's Bon Appetit magazine I was immediately intrigued with it. I'm so glad I did, as it's super tasty, very easy to make, and fairly healthy. The wasabi peas give it such a unique flavor and texture, and I'll be sure to make this again.

Wasabi Salmon with Lime I

Wasabi Salmon with Lime
3/4 c wasabi peas
2 salmon fillets, about 1" thick
1 tbsp fresh lime zest
1 tbsp olive oil
fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Oil baking sheet and set aside. In food processor, grind peas until coarse crumbs remain. Place salmon, skin side down, on baking sheet. Season fish with salt and pepper. Press ground wasabi peas onto salmon fillets, covering tops completely. Sprinkle lime zest over salmon and drizzle with olive oil. Place into oven and bake until done in center, about 15 minutes.
Drizzle lime juice over fillets and serve.

20 comments:

Ellie said...

That is one beautiful looking piece of salmon! And the fact that this recipe has wasabi peas only serves to make it more tempting...

Lina said...

Having had this for dinner last night, I can tell you that it's every bit as good as it looks....maybe even better. The crunch of the wasabi peas provide a lovely contrast to the beautifully cooked salmon. I promise you won't be disappointed.

NWJR said...

There's tonight's dinner. That looks perfect.

veuveclicquot said...

YUM!!! I love wasabi, and wasabi peas, but have never used them in a recipe. Thank you so much for posting such a great combination :)

Couz said...

I love wasabi peas, but because they tasted so damn good I just assumed that they were probably deep fried (like corn nuts or something) and therefore bad for me. Are they really just dehydrated and coated in wasabi? Can I eat them at will?

I may kiss you for this.

Fiber said...

Ellie - thanks! I agree - everytime I look at the picture, it makes my mouth water.

Lina - please to enjoy.

NWJR - let me know how it turns out, Cornelius.

Veuve - I love wasabi too, and love the combination with the salmon. Let me know if you try it.

Couz - Yes, I actually had to google it to find out what they were, and the nutritional count isn't too bad at all. Gotta love that.

Chris said...

This looks fabulous! Your picture makes me want to eat the screen. But, more than anything, I love learning new ways to cook salmon. Thanks!

McAuliflower said...

Great recipe heads up!

Rachael said...

Definitely, definitely will try this recipe. It looks wonderful. I too am a big fan of salmon, though I don't have much experience with wasabi. Never would have thought of pairing it with lime. This sounds great - thanks for the recipe!!

fresh_start_now said...

where would one find wasabi powder? this looks delicious! :)

KleoPatra said...

Vegaquarian... never heard of that before. Interesting!!

Fiber said...

Chris - oh, so do I. It's so delicious.

Mcauliflower - thanks!

Rachael - the lime is perfect with it. It gives such a lovely fresh flavor to the fish and wasabi.

Fresh Start - It's actually wasabi peas, which can be found in the grocery store. Mine are in the bulk section at the local store, or I also found them at the asian grocery store. You can also buy them online if you just google "wasabi peas."

Kleopatra - yep, that's me. Vegetarian + fish = vegaquarian.

Terry B said...

Even though we just moved and most of our kitchen [and our life, for that matter] is still in boxes, I know where a fresh jar of wasabi peas is, and I just bought some salmon fillets this morning. I guess I know what we're having for dinner! Thanks, Fiber!

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