Friday, September 24, 2010

Wild Steelhead w/ Mango Relish

This is an easy recipe to adapt to outdoor grilling and cooking!

I just had this lovely dinner at a friend's home tonight. I watched as it was prepared. If you can't get the wild steelhead; store-bought salmon is a great substitute. High in Omega 3 oils, the oil content is much higher than Chinook Salmon. This recipe is very quick and easy to make. Have the sous chef prepare all ingredients as the cooking time goes very quickly and you do not want to overcook the fish.

Wild Steelhead w/ Mango Relish

frying pan

1/4 cup of olive oil

filet of wild steelhead (substitute salmon)

salt & pepper to taste

sliced pineapple into small wedge shapes (fresh)

3 small lemons cut into wedges for squeezing & garnish

small glass bowl

1 cup diced ripe mango

1/4 cup of thinly sliced red onion

1 Tbsp of balasamic vinegar

1 Tbsp of olive oil (from above)

2 cups of cleaned & air dried arugula

Prepare all ingredients prior to turning the stove on. Set all ingredients to the side. Add enough oil to the pan to cover surface. Turn pan on to medium to medium-high heat to sear the fish. Drizzle oil over fish and wipe oil over the surface of the fish. Add salt & pepper. Place fish skin side down into the pan carefully. Sear for 4-5 ( or less depending on thickness) minutes. Turn fish and cook until medium done. Squeeze half of one lemon into pan. Take fish out of pan and set aside to rest. (cooking time depends on thickness of fish). Add pineapple to pan and sear until slightly blackened on both sides. Take out pineapple and set aside.

In a glass bowl, toss diced mango, red onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. (I think you could make this part ahead of time and let it marinate, but the balsamic vinegar will change the color of the bright color of the mango.)

Lay a bed of argula onto the plate. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the argula. Lay fish down on top of argula. Dollop generous mango relish over fish. Surround the interior of the dish with pineapple slices. Serve immediately with wedges of lemon.

Note: I watched my host make this in 30 minutes. The flavors were out of this world! The combination of the bitter greens w/ the fresh tart, carmelized pineapple with a mouthful of fish and sweet mango and tangy red onion... omg! Heaven!

Options: Try this with other firm fish. Change the fruit to plums, peaches, raspberries or blueberries. Fruit and fish are a wonderful pairing. Be adventurous!

Bon Appetit!

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