Cooking is art while baking is science. So with that little mantra, I try to use the measurements in any recipe (other than a baking item) as a guide rather than the law. The amounts shown below are general outline that you fill in with a little of your own creative juices (but if you stick to these as is you won’t be sorry).
Even having said cooking is art, I will note that I rarely deviate from the guidelines on the first attempt of a new recipe. That way I know if it doesn’t work out that it likely wasn’t my fault.
This little tasty number is gluten free as well as dairy free and egg free. I guess it should be called Free Casserole. Plus, it takes only about 20 minutes to prepare and 20 more to bake.
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Set the rack in the middle of the oven.
2. Find a 9x13 pyrex casserole dish. Spray lightly with oil and line with parchment paper.
3. Put the water and the cashews into a food processor. Pulse a few times to make more surface area on the cashews and let them sit in the water while you prepare the onion and carrot.
4. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and when it sparkles and moves add the onion and carrot. Stir and add salt. Let them cook 5-6 minutes uncovered at a medium heat and stir occasionally.
5. While the veggies cook, blend up the nut/water mix till the nuts are not chunky. Add the fresh squeezed lemon juice, mustard and sriracha.
6. Add to the veggies after they have cooked along with the frozen veg. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the cilantro and the drained salmon into the mix and break the pieces up. Blend things well but don’t over-stir.
7. Place all the pasta into the pyrex, spread evenly over the bottom, then top with the salmon mixture. Stir gently to mix the pasta into the salmon - just a little bit.
8. Gently press everything flat and then top with the walnut/parsley mixture, evenly sprinkled all over the top of the casserole.
9. Bake 20 - 25 minutes. Serve hot.
(Big confession: I love anything that I can put catsup on. This is nice with catsup but most folks don’t seem to need that. Thai sweet chili sauce is also a nice option.)
**** No reason not to use fresh peas if you have access to them. If using these, add to the onions 2 minutes before the onions and carrots have finished cooking and allow them to heat up that way.
***** Tastes even better the next day!
This recipe originally came from Negrita and we've been using it for years because it never fails to produce a tender and delicious chunk of fish. It's important to give your fish enough time to soak so plan to defrost it accordingly.
Skin your defrosted Ling Cod, Halibut, or Rockfish, then cut into the serving size portions you are going to present.
*** Folks don’t mix Halibut with Ling or Rockfish simply because of the cooking time variations. It makes your life easier if you don't.
In a large bowl crack 6 eggs. Add a significant amount of salt. I might add more than a tablespoon - in fact I would. This is because I am not seasoning the meat directly. You will not be eating this salt, only a mere fraction of it. Instead I am using the salt to draw the water out of the meat thereby curing it. This does firm the meat up. I also will add about half as much pepper. Then with a whisk or fork beat the eggs up well - till there is no more gooey whites lumping about in the liquid. Place each piece of fish into this liquid ensuring that each piece is well coated and soaking in the egg mass.
NOTE: If you are doing 2 pieces fish you do not need to use 6 eggs. Just cut things down in proportion. If doing 20 pieces of fish which, we will be able to do again one day, then you may need 2 bowls of egg mass…..The important part is that all surfaces are coated and that the fish is not too tightly packed.
At this point you can leave the fish all day or even preferably overnight. If I am doing this tomorrow I would defrost the fish today, prepare it this evening, and not begin to cook till tomorrow dinnertime.
So now we get to the hard part…
Again if you are only cooking for 2 then simply use one pan. But crowding is an issue and folks, if you have one of those pans, you know the kind, always overcooks or dries out in the middle but seems to cook on the sides…don’t be tempted. All fish requires a quality cooking surface. If you use that pan you are going to have some of your lovely egg crust stick to the pan and your presentation is not so great.
With that out of the way put plenty of butter into your good quality frying pan or pans and let it get sizzley. You want the butter making that crackling sound and you want plenty of it. DO NOT ADD SALT OR PEPPER! Remember that by soaking the fish in salty egg broth you have, through osmosis, pulled water out of the cells and salt into them so your fish is already salted.
Keeping the temperature at a point where the butter still sizzles but doesn’t actually get burned (yes add a little avocado oil to prevent burning if you are concerned) place your fish into the hot pan. Try to have pieces of similar size in the same pan and do not overcrowd. Also too many fish cool the pan down and mess up the cooking time. Keep the temperature up. Those of you who insist on checking and flipping your fish - walk away.
In general, Ling Cod will be 7 minutes on the first side and up to 7 minutes the second. No flipping twice I stress. Halibut will be a max of 7 minutes on one side, flip and remove from the heat. Rockfish is generally thinner but needs to be well cooked so equal times on both sides. You will be able to see as you cook and if you have not overcrowded the pan, see the meat cooking on the sides. It changes from translucent to opaque white. ***You might need to add more butter as the fish will absorb some. When you flip you want the pan to remain buttery.
Know this. Hear me. All fish are not the same size and all pieces are not the same thickness. At this point you will have to assess your own frying pan for yourself. Halibut tails taper and can be quite thin. From tip to tail a Halibut or Ling cod varies significantly in thickness. If you are cooking 2 pans and have the thinner ends and thicker pieces, put the thicker ones on first, then the thinner in the other pan but use the same cooking time as a guide. Ultimately you are the cook in charge and have to use your eyes to make the final call.
It is also important to have your plates ready to serve. I plate food and put it out. If you are putting onto the table on a platter for individual serving DON’T stack it as the cooking process continues. Almost better to serve it onto people’s plates directly from the pan to avoid that.
And personally I don’t like to add a sauce to the served fish (I think it is because I don’t always have time to make one) but tartar sauce or a cantaloupe mango salsa or a green apple salsa all are really nice additions. Happy to share these recipes if anyone is interested.
Finally you can make a holiday version of this simply by dipping the soaked fish into crushed red and green tortilla chips and pan-frying after according to the instructions above. You could dip into anything really but I don’t because I like the golden brown of the egg crust with butter. Hmmmm Panko? Anything is possible.
Please share your variations and experiences if you try this recipe and we want to hear, good or bad!
An oldie but a goodie, one that some will recognize from our old website.
A very important note here is that you DO NOT serve it as shown in the picture below...we have learned from our past that salmon absolutely must be portioned before cooking. The main issues with cooking a slab as in the picture are that it never cooks evenly, and it's nearly impossible to cut nice pieces for serving.
With that in mind this recipe is super easy, tasty, and will leave you with perfectly cooked pieces of fish that can be presented to family and guests.
This recipe is a fairly new addition to our menu and a quick favourite of our guides. We serve it as a starter but it could be eaten as a main course when served at home, either made on larger tortillas or multiple. The preferred fish for this is ling cod or halibut because it holds up slightly better when cooked as little bits like this, but these tacos are still delicious with salmon.
These tacos are simple but there are several components that need assembling first so make sure you start preparing this early. With everything prepped it'll be a breeze to put together when serving time comes.
GARLIC CHIPOTLE AIOLI
MARK'S MEAT RUB
2 tbsp. each:
PICO DE GALLO
This versatile recipe is one we use for many things and frequently. It originally came from an old sushi book as a way to prepare salmon for fukomaki but we have used it quite differently here and added some twists. Feel free just to use the first 4 ingredients to marinate previously frozen salmon or tuna and consume raw after several hours. Don’t do this with whitefish, and do not do this with fresh salmon. Salmon must always be frozen before consuming it in a raw form.
MARINATING THE SALMON
COOKING THE SALMON
*why spend a ton of money for a very small bottle of mirin when you can make your own? It is just 2 parts sugar to 3 parts sake. Set over heat and stir till the sugar dissolves. Bottle and keep as long as you want. Just don’t put hot mirin on your raw fish!!!
Guaranteed to please, this pickled salmon is perfect as a quick appetizer that can be served on it's own to guests or family. The best part is - it can be made ahead of time and keeps well in the fridge, so you can prep it whenever you have time and have it on-hand for any occasion.
This recipe makes one gallon-jar sized batch but can easily be halved if that's too much for your household. Pickled salmon also takes several days so make sure it's started far enough in advance before you intend to eat it.
Remove the salmon from its salty brine and rinse well. Rinse the jar and add the rinsed/drained salmon chunks back in. Submerge in apple cider vinegar and return to the fridge for another 24 hours or up to 48 hours.
(note that these amounts are all approximate and you can absolutely play around with how much/what kinds of veggies are put in there)
The pickled salmon can be enjoyed after another 24 hours but with more time it will develop a better flavour.
This salad was adapted and (we think) improved from several recipes to incorporate more veggies and use a trusted pesto of ours. While it is best made with vegetables and herbs you've just picked from the garden, it can also be enjoyed year round as a refreshing side dish, starter, or a light meal.
Using a variety of different colours and techniques for dicing your tomatoes, cucumbers and beets creates a more visually appealing and interesting salad so that part is up to you to get creative with.
Note: The pesto used here is thicker and less oily than a traditional store-bought pesto and works perfectly with this salad. You can use store-bought pesto in a pinch but the result won't be quite the same.
For the pesto:
For the salad:
(portion size for this recipe is up to you because it can easily be adapted to serve smaller or larger groups. The pesto makes enough for approximately 4 salads but depending on how much you put on, it will cover more or less. Making more is not a bad idea because it keeps great in the fridge and freezes well too)
1. Scrub outside of beets and boil in salted water until a paring knife can be easily inserted and skin starts to "peel" off. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water, remove skin, and set aside to cool.
2. Put the radish leaves, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, almonds, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a food processor and pulse to form a coarse purée. With the motor running, pour in the olive oil and process until smooth. Add the cheese and pulse a few more times. Taste and add more salt or pepper if you like. Set aside until ready to use.
3. Slice onion (if using) into thick rings and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill on a preheated barbeque until softened and lightly charred. Set aside to cool.
4. Slice and dice tomatoes, beets, and cucumbers into rings, wedges, cubes, strips, or whatever else you feel like creating and begin putting them on a plate. Layer with colours in mind to create contrast and depth. Top with slices of bocconcini, torn basil leaves, pesto, and sprinkle with chia seeds to finish.