It's still chilly outside as the sun starts to shift southward... stretching its stay longer each day.
And we had our first spring dinner ~ Pan fried sesame-coated salmon served with coriander relish served with garlic bread.
...and the coriander relish is so ... so... good.
Coriander leaves may not be a choice for many, I know my mom didn't like it at all. I grew up without knowing how coriander leaves looks like let alone taste!
My first encounter with coriander leaves was in the late 80's. I was a student in UK.
I remembered wanting to cook beef soup and I was looking for Chinese celery in the Asian grocer nearby (I am very familiar with Chinese celery). Saw one whole crate full of green leafy herbs that look like what I was looking for! Great :D.
I picked up a bunch. Had a quick sniff, a passing thought ~ it sure smells odd!! ... perhaps the English soil makes my 'Chinese celery' smells different ;P.
Got home, washed the leafy bunch...tore a bit of the leaf and taste...wow!!! This is definitely not the 'Chinese Celery' that I know ;(. pbtth... the whole bunch into the bin :(.
Honestly, I can't recall when I was lovestruck by coriander leaves. Perhaps when I was going out with my 'then boy-friend now hubby' ;P...
I do not spit out coriander leaves anymore... I embraced the whole bunch with love and affection :D
That is why, I tell you earlier that this relish is so... so ...good :D
pssst....I would add 1 or 2 green chillies to be blended with coriander to give the relish an extra kick or two.
Pan Fried Sesame Coated Salmon
Fast and easy weekday dinner with Pan fried Sesame Coated Salmon, serve with delicious green coriander relish.
- 4 salmon fillets (skinned and pin-boned)
- 2 large garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
- 1 egg white (whisk until frothy)
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup loosely packed coriander leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon pan roasted cumin
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- 2 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- Put all ingredients in food processors and process till smooth. Season with salt (if required, note that fish sauce is already salty). transfer into a glass container or bowl
Pan Fried Salmon
- Pat dry salmon with kitchen paper. Coat salmon fillets in egg white. Then coat with sesame seeds. Set aside.
- Heat up frying pan and add 3 tablespoon oil. Fry the garlic slice till golden and crispy. Set aside.
- Using the same pan, pan fry salmon on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes of each side.
- Serve immediately with golden garlic crisp and coriander relish.
Lisa's Lemony Kitchen
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