Monday, April 4, 2016

Pistachio Crusted Salmon With Apricot Glaze

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Fillets
With Apricot Glaze
Serves 4.
8 dried apricots, quartered
3/4 cup canned apricot nectar
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp. Asian chili sauce (Sriracha) 

2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. minced shallots

4 (5 to 6 oz.) salmon fillets, 1 inch thick
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 T. grapeseed or vegetable oil, divided use 

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
2 T. chopped chives
1/2 cup toasted chopped pistachio nuts

1. To make the sauce, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth—return to saucepan simmer to thicken, if desired, or simmer to warm through. (Keeps 3 weeks in refrigerator.)

2. For salmon, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season fish well with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick pan. Sear fish 1 minute per side and then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

2. Toss remaining 1 tablespoon oil with parsley, chives and pistachio nuts. Brush fish lightly with the Apricot Glaze. Spread pistachio mixture on the fish and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until just cooked through. Serve drizzled with more Apricot Glaze. 

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