Friday, December 18, 2009

What's for Dinner? Seared Salmon on Greek Orzo

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Here is something easy and healthy for a change.

I always roast my fish at 425F for 12-14 minutes with olive oil and kosher salt but I wanted to try something different.

I tried cooking fish Pioneer Woman's way.
2 minutes, seared in a skillet, undisturbed, then tranfered to a 375F oven for 8 minutes to finish the cooking process.

I removed the skin, as Ree did, and followed her directions.

Fish can be tricky, that's why I stick to my tried and true recipe.

One of the salmon filets stuck to the pan, but the other came out with a beautiful crust. Since I was using salmon, it needed to be cooked an extra few minutes.

I made her shallot & lemon butter pan sauce which was simple and delicious.
3 tablespoons of butter, a minced shallot, some lemon juice w/ zest, heated in a skillet for a few minutes.



I served the salmon on top of a simple orzo salad that consisted of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, dill and kalamata olives. Drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper.

This was a fresh and healthy dinner, and it took all of 30 minutes to put together.
You can skip the lemon shallot sauce, but it made the fish extra yummy!

10 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

A delicious, light meal to counter all the holiday excess.

The Japanese Redneck said...

The lemon/shallot sauce shoulds like it would be perfect for the salmon.

Your orzo looks delicious.

kat said...

That does sound like a good way to cook fish though I'd probably end up having them stick like you did

Catherine said...

Oooh. This recipe looks right up my alley.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

You? Cooking the Pioneer Woman way? She does have a few healthy recipes, but ya gotta look hard. It was Ina Garten who taught me this technique, only I leave the skin on. Either way, this is the ONLY way I prepare salmon-- unless I poach it. It's easy and I love the idea of Orzo. I keep forgetting to do that!
It's Friday! Tapas, anyone?

Karen said...

This does look healthy! Love the orzo!

Alexa said...

My kind of meal...except for the orzo since I can't have it but I am sure you have some rice around for my plate. Right, Stacey? ;-)
Have a fun weekend!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I really adore that salad.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

The salad looks great with the salmon. I usually broil the salmon with good success. I'll give yours a try. We eat salmon quite frequently and it's always nice to know another method and I really like the lemon shallot sauce.

Happy holidays Stacey.
Sam

Eileen @ Passions to Pastry said...

I'm bookmarking this recipe. I love calzones and haven't made them for years. We're getting the snow this week, and there's nothing I love more than being in my house with a raging snowstorm and baking!