This is a very healthy and flavorful fish recipe that is perfect for a mid week dinner when you are short on time. The sauce is made by sautéing onions and dried cranberries and then adding balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. The result is a syrupy cranberry reduction that is absolutely delicious over flaky white fish. This is definitely a healthier dish which requires only one tablespoon of butter in the entire recipe. The fish is sprinkled with breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and lightly sprayed with olive oil before broiling in the oven for 5 or 6 minutes. I like to serve the fish with Pearl Couscous Primavera. The whole dinner will be ready in 30 minutes.
I like to incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into my recipes whenever possible. A lot of flavor can be added to a dish using fruit instead of butter and oil. Cranberries are a great way to add a tangy sweetness to a dish. Cranberries are healthy and have research indicates that they can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cranberries contain polyphenols with anti inflammatory properties which help lower hypertension which results in better cardiovascular health. This recipe for Sweet Cranberry Reduction is a great way to prepare a healthy meal without sacrificing flavor.
What Are Some Other Ways To Use The Cranberry Reduction:
Baking fish in parchment paper is a great way to seal in flavor using very little oil or butter. This closed cooking method intensifies the flavors because they are captured inside the parchment paper. This Halibut recipe is bursting with flavor from the sun-dried-tomatoes, spinach, fresh herbs and lemon. The scent of flavor is immediately released when the parchment is opened after baking. Pearl couscous is also referred to as Israeli couscous. Pearl Couscous is not a grain but is actually a pasta. It is made with wheat and semolina flour that is rolled in wet hands until tiny pearls are formed. The pearls are then toasted which gives it a nutty flavor that stands out in recipes.
Can I make this ahead of time?
The couscous can be made ahead of time so all you have to do is wrap the ingredients in the parchment paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes before serving. It is a one dish meal because the recipe includes a protein, starch and vegetable. There is very little clean up as well because everything is baked together in the parchment paper. I like to serve the fish with the paper slightly open on the plate so you can see all the beautiful colors inside.
Can I use a different fish?
Yes, you can substitute another fish. Any firm white fish would work well such as cod or fluke. It’s best to choose a mild flavor fish that won’t overpower the couscous.
Seared Honey and Soy Marinated Salmon with Avocado, Rice, Nori and Salmon Roe
Living in New York City I am blessed to have some amazing Japanese restaurants around. My family loves crunchy salmon teriyaki rolls so I wanted to come up with an entree that would blend all the ingredients that they love. The result is this deconstructed salmon roll. I call it deconstructed because the ingredients are not tightly rolled in the seaweed but are rather placed on top of each other. I highly recommend warming the avocado but is not mandatory. The warm rice, salmon and avocado work perfectly when combined with the cool salmon roe. The crispy panko adds the perfect crunch to the dish.
So I know this recipe is a little more advanced but I am confident that all my amazing cooking friends out there will be able to prepare it and I promise that it is worth it. I wrote the recipe out in the order in which you should prepare it to help you with timing. This meal should be ready in about an hour.
What should I serve the Honey-Soy Salmon with?
I like to serve the salmon with garlic-sesame broccoli on the side (recipe below). I am happy to answer any questions you have if you need advice. Let me know how it turns out. Share your pics on instagram tag @itsjennsview or #itsjennsview