In 2005, my husband and I went to San Francisco for our honeymoon. We ate at the cutest Italian restaurant at the lower end of the theater district. The place was warm and welcoming and smelled of delectable Italian food. We ended up ordering a dish that was so amazing we went back the next night to have it again. As we ate in silence allowing ourselves to focus on the delicious harmony of flavors, colors and smells, I meticulously and secretly noted every ingredient I could see, smell and taste. So now I present to you, my version, right or wrong of that wonderful salmon dish. In the restaurant, this dish was served with steamed red potatoes, asparagus and carrots; however, I often serve it with gluten-free pasta and asparagus. Mmmmm…mmmm. It is wonderful and a hit with my two children.
Fish Buying Tip: I always smell the fish through the wrapper at the store. If I can smell fish, I don’t buy it because it is not fresh enough. It will taste fishy. If you are a novice on fish, trust me… fish should never taste fishy. If it does, it is not fresh. Salmon has some brown parts to it, just scrape that off with a butter knife after cooking, don’t eat it. Now onto the recipe.
Broiled Salmon with Italian Tomato Caper Sauce
1 – 1 1/2 pounds of salmon fillets
Lemon herb (GF Tip: watch out for gluten in herb mixes)
4-5 cloves garlic chopped
1-2 tsp olive oil
1- 14 1/2 oz can of small dices tomatoes
1 small jar of small capers
1 small can of sliced medium olives
1 TBSP of dried Oregano
pinch of your favorites, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, italian seasoning.
salt to taste
pinch of pepper.
Cooking Spray (GF Tip: watch out for grain alcohol in cooking spray..buy only without grain alcohol)
Pre-heat broiler on high.
If you are cooking pasta you will want to start the water.
Prep the asparagus in steamer.
Rinse salmon fillets, cut into single serving cuts. Place on sprayed broiler pan. Lightly season with salt, pepper, Lemon herb, set aside.
Chop garlic (I use my chopper and if you don’t have one, buy one, it saves so much time, giving you more time to actually cook), in small sauce pas, heat olive oil, then saute garlic until browned. Add tomatoes, olives, capers and all the spices. bring to boil, then let simmer while everything else cooks.
When pasta has about 10-12 minutes remaining, put fish in the broiler and cook the asparagus.
Fish is done when it is flaky.
Next time I cook this, I will update with a photo.
Enjoy and post your ideas for great salmon recipes. I will add more later, as I have several salmon recipes I plan to share.