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!


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.

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!