I finally had a day off of work, which meant I could finally cook for me! After spending the day cooped up doing homework because of the blowing snow outside, I decided to make a semi-fancy dinner for myself as a reward for all of my hard work. =) This dish is plated kind of similar to the Cajun Salmon w/ Spicy Eggplant Salsa that I made a little while back, but has extremely different flavors. So, if that dish didn’t suit your taste, this one just might!
I have to say this might be one of the better things that I have tasted in a bit. The Lemon Brodetto gives the salmon a nice citrus kick and the pea puree tones it down with a rich flavor. I tweaked the original recipe, from FoodNetwork.com, and lowered the measurements for lemon juice. The lemon was just a tiny bit too strong with the original portions. I love how much flavor there is in this dish, plus it is super easy to make!
Sauteed Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree
For the Lemon Brodetto:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 shallot (diced)
- 2 lemons (juiced)
- 1 lemon (zested)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves (optional, I chose not to use mint)
For the Pea Puree:
- 2 cups green peas (thawed, then heated)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 parmesan cheese (grated)
For the Salmon:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 filets of salmon
- ground black pepper
- For the Lemon Brodetto, warm the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, then saute the shallots until tender (about 5 minutes).
- Add the lemon juice, zest, and broth.
- Bring to a simmer, cover, then keep warm over low heat.
- For the Pea Puree, combine the peas, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and puree.
- With the machine still running, slowly add the olive oil to the puree. Set aside and keep warm.
- For the salmon, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and season the salmon with salt and pepper.
- Sear the salmon until a golden crust forms on each side and it is cooked through (about 3-5 minutes per side).
- To assemble the dish, add the mint to the Brodetto, if you are using it, and divide the mixture between 4 shallow dishes. Place one filet of salmon in each dish, then spoon a large spoonful of Pea Puree onto each. Also optional, sprinkle cooked green peas throughout the Brodetto and serve.