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Saturday, April 26, 2008

The ONLY Way to Eat Salmon

I know we're supposed to get a lot of DHA in our diets, and salmon is a great way to do it. But as uncouth as this may be, I can't stand the fishiness of salmon. Dru says he once caught wild salmon in Alaska and ate them over an open fire... and that it tastes nothing like the cheap variety available here. I wanted to find a recipe that lightly masks some of the fishy, dirty taste of the frozen Oklahoman salmon fillets. I adapted this recipe from Emeril and find not only do I like the flavor, I actually crave it. Its a simple and elegant way to serve a healthy meal... use whole wheat pasta for added nutrients. Lemon Salmon with Caramelized Onions on Pasta 4 salmon fillets, skinned Salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons 1 medium onion, thinly sliced Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 lemon, trimmed and sliced into very thin rounds 12 ounces bowtie pasta 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions Lightly season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat. Cook the onions about 3-5 minutes or till softened. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon over the onions and spread the onions out so they cover the bottom of the pan. Place the salmon fillets on the onions; reduce the heat to medium-low. Top the salmon with lemon slices. Cover and cook until the salmon is just cooked through and the onions are caramelized, 8-10 minutes. While the salmon is cooking, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water. Drain and toss with remaining olive oil, salt, and scallions. Serve pasta topped with onions and a salmon fillet.

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