Seared Mustard-Coated Salmon

Simplicity in fish form, this lovely salmon is a jot to make. The recipe calls for the fish to be cooked on the stovetop, but it works just as well on the grill.

1-2 tbs. olive oil
2 heaping tbs. English mustard powder
2 scant tbs. sugar
6 salmon fillets

Heat 1 tbs. of oil in a skillet. Mix half of the mustard powder with the sugar on a plate and dunk in half of the fillets. Cook over a medium to high heat for about 3 minutes a side, or until browned on the outside, yet still juicy inside. Remove to a warmed plate. Repeat the process with the remaining salmon.

Serves 6

Salmon with Greens and Shitake Mushrooms

This fast and fabulous supper will become a staple in your kitchen – I guarantee it!!

2 skinned salmon fillets
1 garlic clove, finely minced or chopped
2 tbs. vegetable or peanut oil
generous 1/2 cup stemmed and sliced shiitake mushrooms
2 bok choy, roughly chopped, with stems separated from leaves
3 tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
pepper to taste

Heat a nonstick pan or wok over a medium-high heat and cook the salmon for several minutes a side or until cooked through. Remove to two warmed plates.

Add the oil to the pan and fry the garlic just until it softens. Stir in the mushrooms and chopped bok choy stems. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, then remove the lid and add the chopped bok choy leaves, soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook 1-2 more minutes until the leaves have wilted.

Divide the veg between the two plates, season with pepper and serve.

Serves 2

Mirin-Glazed Salmon

To quote Nigella, “This must be the fastest possible way to create a culinary sensation.”

1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 salmon fillets
2 tbs. rice vinegar
1-2 scallions, shredded into fine strips
rice, to serve

Mix the mirin, sugar and soy sauce in a shallow dish that will hold the 4 fillets. Add the salmon and marinate for 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet.

Add the salmon to the hot, dry pan and cook for 2 minutes , then turn it over, add the marinade and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the salmon to a serving plate filled with rice. Add the vinegar to the hot skillet and let it bubble into a glaze. Pour over the salmon and serve topped with the shredded scallions.

Serves 4

Salmon with Warm Balsamic Vinaigrette

Simplicity at it’s finest. You can also grill or broil the salmon to your liking. This is really all about the sweet balsamic vinegar drizzled over the warm salmon.

1 tbs. vegetable oil
4 salmon fillets
6 tbs. balsamic vinegar
6 tbs. olive oil
snipped chives, to serve

Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over a medium heat. Season the salmon and cook on each side for 5-6 minutes, or until done.

In the meantime, combine the vinegar and oil in a small saucepan and heat until just warm. Decant to a pitcher.

To serve, place the salmon on warmed plates, drizzle with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with the snipped chives.

Salmon, Avocado, Watercress and Pumpkin Seed Salad

This lovely salad is truly a treat. The salmon is poached into a silky, coral texture and combined with creamy avocados and crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds. Served warm or chilled, this will be a new favorite.

2 salmon fillets
2 scallions, torn in half
1 tsp. black peppercorns
1 1/2 tsp. lime juice
2 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt
3 tbs. pumpkin seeds
4 oz. watercress
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 small, ripe avocado, scooped out into curls
1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

Put the salmon in a small frying pan and cover with cold water. Add the scallions, peppercorns, lime juice and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn the salmon over, cover the pan  and leave to sit for 7-10 minutes, until the salmon is done. (This depends on the thickness of the salmon.) Take the salmon out of the pan and leave to cool for a few minutes or chill to use later.

Tip the pumpkin seeds in a small, dry skillet and toast them on the stove over a medium heat until they start to snap. Take off the heat and leave until needed.

To serve, arrange the watercress on a large plate, sprinkle with the vinegar and toss. Break up the salmon into pieces and place on top. Add the avocado curls, sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and drizzle with the olive oil. Check seasoning and add sea salt, if needed.

Serves 2