Category Archives: Fish

Crispy Salmon with Arugula Pesto

Crispy Salmon with Arugula Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

This might sound really weird, but some of the best salmon I’ve had is at steakhouses. I think it has something to do with those high-heat, 1500° ovens they use for the steaks. They make for a salmon croccante– super crispy and salty on the outside, nice and tender and just plain delicious on the inside!

The secret to the crispiness of this salmon is a hot broiler, a rack to keep the filet off the bottom of the baking sheet, and salt. Glorious, salty salt. Good, kosher salt. It’s the way to go!

I’m also obsessed with this arugula pesto. This recipe will definitely make more than you need for the fish, and it freezes and thaws perfectly. It’s light, tangy, and a perfect accompaniment to crispy salmon!

Arugula Pesto

Crispy Salmon with Arugula Pesto
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Serves: 2

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup firmly packed fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  1. Pre-heat the broiler. Place the arugula, parsley, pine nuts, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons water, cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt to taste in a food processor. Pulse until nice and pureed. Transfer to a bowl while you make the salmon.
  2. Rub your salmon filets with the remaining oil, using more if needed, and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt on both sides.
  3. Place a rack over a baking pan and lay the salmon on top. Broil for 5-7 minutes, flip carefully, then broil for another 5-7 minutes, until cooked through. You want the salmon to be nice and crispy on both sides
  4. Plate your fish, top with pesto and serve!

Salmon technique from How Sweet It Is, Arugula Pesto recipe adapted from Food Network.

Roasted Tomatoes with Arugula Pesto

I served this salmon alongside broiled tomatoes topped with some of the arugula pesto and italian breadcrumbs, and rice pilaf. A perfect meal for a perfect summer day!

Mile End Bakery cookies

And oh yeah, if you haven’t yet, enter my giveaway from last week for a dozen cookies from Mile End Bakery! Contest ends tonight at 11:59p ET!

Happy Eating 🙂

Kara-Age Fish ‘n Chips

Kara Age Fish 'n Chips

I am super psyched to share this recipe with you guys today. I love making my own riff on classic recipes in my kitchen, and this is no exception.

I first had fish and chips when I traveled to New Zealand with my grandmother after graduating college. I loved the crisp, fried crunch that encased each piece of melt-in-your-mouth, flaky and piping hot fish. As for the chips, who doesn’t love french fries? And I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise as a condiment on its own, but something about tartar sauce makes me go crazy. Continue reading

Seared Tilapia with Mango-Watermelon Salsa

Seared Tilapia with Mango Watermelon Salsa

I often get asked how I am inspired for some of the recipes I share on this blog. Sometimes inspiration comes from spotting a fun ingredient at the farmer’s market- sometimes it comes from a recipe passed along from my family or friends. While I love experimenting and coming up with recipes on my own, I also really enjoy seeing what others are making up and putting my own spin on it.

I recently had a hankering for tilapia, and remembered a post I had seen on my food blog pal Joanne’s blog, Fifteen Spatulas. You may remember I made Joanne’s Parmesan Peppercorn Bread a few months ago- since that was such a success, I decided to try one of her recipes again! Continue reading

Merluzzo in Cartoccio (Cod in Parchment Paper)

Third Layer

I was lucky enough to go on vacation to South Florida last weekend- a very necessary break from life here up north. In place of icy rain and staring at computer screens all day, I was instead greeted with 87-degree weather and palm trees. Rain boots and sweaters? Try tank tops and flip flops.

To top it off, my grandmother lives in a seriously awesome condo right on the beach, between the ocean and the Intercoastal. Seriously, I can’t make these views up:

Beach view Continue reading