Herb Crusted Salmon Oven Baked
A very simply and tasty salmon recipe, full of omega 3, proteins, excellent sourse of Potassium & Selenium. Very high in B vitamins such B1 , B2 , B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12. Furthermore contains the antioxidant Astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is a compound linked to several powerful health effects. As a member of the carotenoid family of antioxidants, astaxanthin gives salmon its pinkish-orange pigment. Lower the risk of heart disease by reducing oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL and increasing HDL (the “good cholesterol)
With the addition of herbs rich in indisputable properties, the dish that “marries” the land with the sea is a hymn to health and taste. The result is a flavorful crispy crust on the outside, while the interior impregnated with the flavor of the herbs is soft and tasty.
Serve it with oven baked hot potatoes chips, avocado, chia seeds, walnuts and a home made dressing made by mayonnaise, lemon and olive oil. If you have fresh biological eggs you can made your own mayonnaise.
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Ingredients: Fresh salmon 2 pieces, olive oil
For the crust:
- 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
- sprigs of parsley
- sprigs of mint
- sprigs of thyme
- sprigs of marjoram
- 1 garlic glove (optional)
- CRUST: Place all ingredients for the crust into a blender. Pulse several times until is homogeneous green. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 200°/ 392° F
- Place the mix of herbs+breadcrumbs in a dish. Press salmon all over into the green mixture to coat it on both sides
- Place the fish onto a tray (or cast iron pan). Drizzle a little olive oil on top
- Transfer the pan into the oven (200°C /392°F ) and bake for 15 min.
Oven Roasted sea bream with potatoes and aioli
For the sauce:
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch sea salt
- red pepper flakes
- thyme leaves
- place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a whisk.
- 2 sea bream
- 1kg potatoes, sliced
- garlic cloves
- sprigs thyme
- Red pepper flakes
- A lemon, sliced
- Bay leaves
- Preheat oven to 200° C / 392°F
- Put some oil in a rosting tray and layer the potatoes. Add few slices of garlic.
- Prepare the sauce (Oil – lemon juice – salt – red pepper flakes – thyme leaves or any herb of your choice) Pour over the potatoes and put in the oven.
- Bake for 30 min, until the potatoes have absorbed the liquid.
- While they’re cooking, take a sharp knife and cut diagonal slashes across each side of the fish. Cut the lemon slices in half and push them into the grooves. Fill the cavity of each fish with lemon slices, garlic and bay leaves.
- Drizzle the rest of the oil-lemon sauce over them and season well with salt, pepper and thyme leaves. Place the fish on top of the sliced potatoes and roast for a further 30 minutes.
- Serve with aioli sauce and fresh “Assyrtiko” white grape wine from Santorini island (Greece)
- 2 garlic cloves
- salt 1 teaspoon
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 egg
- 0.5 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 0.5 cup sunflower oil
- 3 tsp lemon juice
Smash up the garlic with 1 teaspoon of salt in a pestle and mortar . Place the egg yolk and mustard in a bowl and whisk together, then start to add the oils bit by bit. Once you’ve blended in a quarter of the oil, you can start to add the rest in larger amounts. When the mixture thickens, add lemon juice. When all the oil has gone in, add the garlic. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a bit more lemon juice, if needed.
Oven Octopus Linguine
Probably the easiest way to cook a big octopus. Incredibly easy recipe to make succulent and fork tender tentacles that really melts in your mouth.
Cooked very slowly for 2 hours, the octopus exudes the most delicious juices, so the linguine pasta absorb all this savory. Obviously you can substitute with any type of pasta.
- 1 kg octopus
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups white wine
- 1 handful parsley
- 1 garlic
- pinch of salt
- 300 gr linguine
Clean the octopus, eliminate the eyes and mouth, wash it several times, and beat lightly on a work-surface to tenderize it.
Cut it in pieces. Put them in a pan roomy enough to easily contain them. Add the oil, the white wine, the garlic, parsley and season with salt. Cover the pan with its lid or with aluminium foil, so that the octopus pieces are hermetically closed. Bake in a moderate oven (350° F – 180° C) for 2 hours.
Place the octopus on a serving plate and keep hot.
Put linguine in the same pan into octopus juices. Cook for about 10min. or until pasta is al dente. Stir occasionally. When it is almost ready add in the pan the octopus pieces and serve with a sprinkle of parsley and ground black pepper (optional).
(This recipe is for 300 gr linguine. If you wish to cook more pasta simply add 1 – 2 cups of boiling water in the pan)
Paella de Marisco
Spanish polycromatic symphony that your eyes enjoy before your stomach.
Paella is a Spanish rice dish. It originated in the fields of a region called Valencia in eastern Spain but variations exist in the different Spanish provinces.A colorful mixture of saffron-flavored rice, various meats , vegetables or seafood. Paella’s name comes from the paellera, the flat, round pan in which it is cooked.
There is a wide variety of paella, such: 1.Paella Valenciana – The original paella was born in Valencia. Besides rice, this includes chicken and pork. 2. Paella de Marisco (Seafood paella) – This paella does not contain meat. It usually contains prawns, mussels, calamares, clams, and other seafood. 3. Paella Mixta – This paella is a mixture of the paella Valenciana and the paella de marisco. It contains both meat and seafood. Sometimes this paella is called Paella Andaluz. 4. Paella Vegetariana – This paella contains a variety of vegetables like artichokes, lima beans, red and green peppers, and rice and does not include any meat or seafood. 5. Paella Negra – This paella is cooked with squid ink and looks black. It may have very small squid.
- Ingredients for 4 serves:
- 10-14 raw shell-on king prawns
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 300g cuttlefish, cut into chunks
- 8 shrimp tails
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 1 red pepper (optional)
- 250g paella rice
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- pinch of saffron
- 1/4 x 200g can chopped tomatoes (save the rest for the stock, below)
- 300g mussels cleaned
- 100g frozen peas
- handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
For the stock
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion roughly chopped
- ½ x 200g can chopped tomatoes
- 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- Shrimp heads
- Prawn shells
- Peel and de-vein the prawns (remove the dark dorsal vein), reserving the heads and shells. Return the prawns to the fridge.
- To make the stock, heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat and add the onion, tomatoes, garlic, and reserved prawn shells and shrimp heads. Cook for 3-4 mins, then pour 2 litres of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 mins. Leave to cool slightly, then whizz in batches in a blender or food processor. Strain through a fine sieve.
- Heat the oil in a large paella pan or an extra-large frying pan. Add chopped cuttlefish . shrimp tails and sautè for a few mins each side, then remove and set aside. Add the onion and fry for 4-5 mins until softened.
- Stir in the rice and cook for 30 secs to toast. Add the garlic, paprika, cayenne (if using) and saffron, cook for another 30 secs, then stir in the tomatoes and 1.5 litres of the fish stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook, stirring, for about 10 mins (the rice should still be al dente). Return the cuttelfish & shrimp tails to the pan with the prawns, mussels, peas (and if you desire the red pepper cut in stripes)
- Cover the pan with a large baking tray, or foil, and cook on a low heat for another 10-15 mins until the mussels are open and the prawns are cooked through. Scatter over the parsley before serving.
Enjoy with white wine made from the Alvarinho ( a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia ), Verdejo ( a variety of wine grape that has long been grown in the Rueda region of Spain) or sauvignon blanc grapes. These wines should also be served well chilled, between 5 and 8ºC