“Magic” Salmon

Written by chanie on August 1st, 2011

Even though we’re not big dairy eaters around here, I’m so excited to cook for the Nine Days. It gives me a chance to think outside the box, and a rest from typical chicken dinners. I’m grabbing at the chance to make delicious and healthy fish recipes which are a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

There are many different ways to prepare fish, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can grill, pan-fry, bake, poach or steam fish in many different preparations, but it is best cooked quickly over high heat. If your fish is cooked right, it won’t taste “fishy”.

When purchasing fresh fish, it should smell like the ocean, not like fish. It should have a vibrant color. Pale fish or fish with discolored patches is not fresh. A great tip is to tell your fishmonger that you are making sushi with the fish. This will ensure that the fish is fresh enough to be eaten raw.

One of my favorite ways of preparing baked salmon and tilapia is using┬áChef Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic Seasoning Blend. The blend is exactly as it is named; pure magic. When baking fish, the key is to bake it at a high temperature for a short period of time. Your fish will be soft, tasty, and best of all, so incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Recipes follow below.

I have lots of ideas brewing for the upcoming week, so I thought I’d share some ideas for those of you who like to plan ahead:

Dairy Recipe Ideas:

homemade pizza
lasagna
– quiches
– risottos
quesadilles
stuffed shells
eggplant parmesan
– fettucine alfredo
– penne alla vodka
– french onion soup
– cream of any vegetable soup
stuffed mushrooms
eggplant rollatini
– macaroni and cheese
pancakes, waffles or french toast
– baked potatoes with broccoli and cheddar or other fillings

Meat-Lovers Recipe Ideas:

vegetarian chili with cheesy corn bread
portobello mushroom burger
tuna steak
– grilled halibut
fish tacos
– falafel

Light ‘n Healthy Recipe Ideas:

salad nicoise
shakshuka
portobello pizza
– sushi rolls or sushi salad
chickpea patties
cheesy stuffed mini peppers
– stir fry with tofu and rice
steamed fish and veggies au papillote
baked sweet potatoes with cottage cheese or other fillings

Other Pareve Recipe Ideas:

– tuna or salmon croquettes
– tuna casserole
salmon pasta salad
Crispy breaded fish sandwich or “fish and chips”

Please feel free to share your Nine Days Menu ideas in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

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11 Comments so far ↓

  1. This sure does look quick and easy. I don’t make fish very often just because I find it a hassle to get to the fish store! I’ll have to get over this week, though. And maybe I’ll try this recipe. Looks great.

  2. Laura says:

    I also love the Paul Prudhomme seasoning for fish.

    I am planning on making a big green salad with feta and chickpeas, with some honey quinoa bread on the side; tilapia with an Asian BBQ sauce; Moroccan salmon with tomatoes and spicy olives; roasted sweet potatoes with black bean chili and greek yogurt topping; and orange glazed tofu over rice.

    • chanie says:

      sounds great Laura! Whats your black bean chili recipe? always interested in a good chili….

      • Laura says:

        I posted my black bean chili recipe. Basically,when I am lazy, I just combine canned diced tomatoes (with chilies for a kick, or I add some salsa) with canned black beans. I season with cumin and heat. When I am feeling less lazy, I saute some onions and garlic first. I like adding chopped olives to black bean chili sometimes.

  3. Zushe says:

    What about getting some good old bagles and lox or an omalette from areles bagels on kingston.. keep up the great blog posts.

  4. Carol says:

    Love your recipes. My only “negative” is that you are eating and giving out recipes for Telapia. Do yourself and your family and readers a big favor and read how unhealthy and “toxic” these fish are. Oneday I asked the fish seller at the store for Telapia and he told me as a friend and good customer that he wouldn’t eat this fish. I starting checking and saw this was a pattern. Telapia is NOT a good choice, except it is one of the cheaper varieties.
    Keep up your amazing work. Hope you appreciate the feedback.

    • chanie says:

      Thanks Carol. I’m aware about tilapia, it is a bottom feeder fish that is basically a natural filtration system for the farms in which they are raised. But you should know, it does matter where the tilapia comes from – I would never eat tilapia from China. I have spoken to my fishmonger about this at length. In any case, many people still choose to eat tilapia and for those that don’t, all recipes can be made using any other firm white fish.

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