Friday, January 25, 2013

Irish Salmon with Ponzu, Sesame Seeds & Arugula

Simple, healthy and delicious, this low-fat no-carb dish takes only minutes to prepare and less than 15 minutes in the oven, or on the grill, to cook. Ponzu is a citrus-based soy sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Ideal on seafood, grilled meats, vegetables and cold noodles, it has the perfect balance of salty, tangy and sweet to enhance the flavour of a wide variety of foods, without the stronger fermented flavour of pure soy sauce. Marinated in Ponzu and sprinkled with sesame seeds, this fillet of Irish Organic Salmon is simply baked in the oven for 13-15 minutes, for medium-rare, and slightly longer for more well done flakier salmon. Garnished with some fresh chopped dill and served on a bed of wild arugula, this simple dish is one of my favourite heart-smart meals.

Irish Salmon with Ponzu, Sesame Seeds & Arugula
Serves 2

2 8-oz Irish Organic Salmon fillets
2 tbsp Kikkoman Lemon Ponzu sauce
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
6 cups wild arugula
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 sprinkle of Maldon salt and fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F. Marinated salmon in Ponzu sauce and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 13-15 minutes for medium-rare and longer for a more well done, flakier piece of salmon. Meanwhile, toss the arugula and olive oil together in a salad bowl and toss well to combine. Add a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and a grind of fresh ground black pepper. To serve, place a mound of arugula in the middle of 2 dinner plates, and top with a fillet of salmon garnished with a flurry of dill.

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