Sunday, March 3, 2013

Birthday Treat

Monday of this week is my boyfriend's birthday. In light of this event, we decided to do dinner and a movie last night. This is a treat for us as it seems as though we rarely get a chance to do so. I tend to deal for my Dad's company on the weekends or we're too tired from work... or we're just being lazy... That being said, last night I needed to create something that was a little more special than our usual nightly fare. I splurged a bit and bought some beautiful looking skin on salmon fillets. (Again, this is a rarity for us. Fish can get pretty expensive!)

Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

  • 2 6oz skin-on, salmon fillets
  • coconut oil, or butter
  • 1 large handful of cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil  
  • Place the cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt, pepper and olive oil in a food processor or blender. Puree everything until smooth. You can add as much olive oil as you like to get your desired thickness of the sauce. I prefer mine a little thicker, so I went with a couple tablespoons full. Set aside.  
  • Heat coconut oil/ butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Pat the two salmon fillets dry and sprinkle with a little salt/pepper.
  • Place the fillets skin side down in the pan and let cook for 3 minutes.
  • Flip the fillets over and let them cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, depending on the size of your cuts.
  • Place them on plates, top with the pesto and serve along with your favorite side.
  • Enjoy!
I love this method of cooking fish. It's simple and oh so delicious and did I mention that it only takes about 5 minutes? Easy! I will admit that the pesto is a little heavy with cilantro flavor, but seeing as it's my favorite herb, I don't really mind. Feel free to adjust the sauce as you see fit. It's quite forgiving. 

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