Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Grilled Salmon Steak with Hoisin Sauce

Story: Are you a part of any movement? Do you believe passionately in a cause? I do! I want to use this post to protest against using the word "Fishy" with a negative connotation.  There is nothing fishy about a fishy dish.. - oops! I mean - Fishy is goood, it's great - it is divine in taste!

Few weeks back we wanted a break from the oldie but goodie - Bong style Salmon. So the quest for a new favorite recipe began and ended within minutes with this find on Food Network. If you like the 'Hot fish' on P.F. Chang menu, you will like this one for sure! - [if you haven't tried already, try P.F. Chang's hot fish]

For my veggie friends - this sauce recipe - I guess minus the fish sauce - should work well with a stir fry mix of broccoli, mushrooms and peppers.

Source: Bobby Flay - Food Network recipe
Time: 40 mins 
Ingredients: For 2 Fish hungry people
  • 2 Salmon steaks
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce - original recipe calls for sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Cilantro for garnish
Recipe: Heat the oil in a sauce pan and saute shallots and garlic till they are soft. Keep the vinegar separate and stir in all the other ingredients into the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.

For cooking the Salmon - I followed a tried and tasted technique from this recipe- steaming the fish first and then using a cast iron griddle for a surface char. You can also follow the directions from the original recipe - I am sure they are fine - but I haven't tried them.

Here's how I do it - Apply sauce to Salmon steaks and wrap in aluminum foil pouches. Steam these pouches for a couple of minutes. Heat a cast iron griddle and only when it's hot put the foil pouches with Salmon steaks on the griddle. Heat for 10 mins on each side.

Apply additional sauce before serving if you like extra sauce. Serve with your favorite salad and rice.

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