Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stuffed Salmon with Fennel and Citrus

I learned two things tonight, first you really can't go wrong by stuffing a beautiful freshly caught salmon and second, it's actually really cool deboning the fish. You can always get your fish monger to do the work for you but if you're up for it, just use a really sharp knife and follow the bones with your knife.

I was always a little nonchalant about stuffing fish perhaps because I've never really had a stuffed salmon I liked. I've always found them to be somewhat bland. So I figured that maybe by using a combination of intense flavours preceded by a healthy dose of seasoning that we just might be able to overcome my past dilemma.

Sure enough, this is all it really takes, well, it doesn't hurt to slow smoke the salmon over mesquite wood either but I'm sure roasting it in the oven would be delicious as well. Given that since it's salmon time and I currently have 6 whole salmon in my freezer, an experiment in the oven is on the agenda.

1 whole salmon, cleaned and deboned
1 bulb fennel, sliced thinly (use the green herb on the top too)
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1 lemon, sliced thinly
1 orange, sliced thinly
handful of parsley
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the grill. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the garlic all over the fish. Place a layer of fennel, followed by the onion, lemon, orange and parsley. Using butchers twine, tie the salmon closed. Place the salmon directly on the grill, cover and cook for about 25 minutes. Remove from the grill, cut the twine, carefully remove the stuffed ingredients and cut the salmon into fillets.


Unknown said...

Wow. What a gorgeous photo. I would love to try this out sometime!

Becky Quan said...

haha, i feel sorry for the poor fish but that looks delicious!

fatboy said...

any pics of the fish cooked?

Madeline said...

Thanks Cristi! I can't believe I hadn't noticed your comment before. I apologize for not responding.

ladonisbleu, I understand but yes, it sure is delicious!

Sorry drei, but no, I don't have any pics of the cooked fish, it was too good to stick around for a photo! However, I can tell you if grilled on the BBQ, it pretty much looks exactly the same but the skin is nice and crispy.

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