Monday, 31 October 2011

Fish is the dish salmon with a twist

I do love fish - well I should, it's my job - but I love feeding the family fish.
But even although I am surrounded by hundreds of recipes, it's not always that straightforward to find something quick and easy (oh and that doesn't use all the pots and pans in the house !!)

I have been doing a salmon pesto recipe for a wee while - I can't even remember where I found the recipe. Oh yes I do, I think it's in Delia's 'How to Cook Vol 2' - my favourite cook book in all the world.

But inspired by our Fish is the Dish work, I decided I needed to find a twist.

So here it is.

Take 2 salmon fillets, tomato pesto, a good handful of breadcrumbs, a good handful of parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of magic (more of that to come)..... And there you have it, salmon with a twist.

What did I do??.... It's so easy.

I put the oven on to gas mark 6 and put some bacofoil on a tray.

I laid the salmon out and covered it in tomato pesto.

I mixed the breadcrumbs with the parmesan added a bit of pepper and gave a good mix with my fingers.
I then squashed this down on the salmon and prepared my potatoes and mange tout.

I then brought out my magic ingredient. Japanese chilli powder.

Wow this stuff is great. We use it in miso soup to give it a kick and I thought it might work.

Into the oven for about 18 minutes or so (our salmon was beautifully thick so it was def 18 and not 15).
Take out and serve.

Him indoors loved the kick from the chilli  - this seems to be a bit more rounded in flavour than just yer bog standard chilli powder and is more flaky than powder-y.

All in all, it was a gorgeous way to serve a rather elegant fish. Simply, stunning flavours.  Him indoors liked it so much he has requested it again. Not quite spooky but it certainly sent shivers down my spine !!!

*This post was sponsored by Fish is the Dish


  1. Sounds lovely - salmon in pesto and breadcrumbs is delicious! Have you tried salmon or tuna marinated in chilli, soy sauce, sake and mirin? There's a fantastic recipe for that in the Good Housekeeping cookbook.

  2. Fantastic recipe. I'm actually going to nick that topping and use it on chicken breasts! Thanks for sharing. Next week's Recipe Shed theme will be ROASTS - fish included

  3. A great slant on a salmon recipe, where can you buy the Japanese chilli powder from? How is it different to normal chilli powder?