Rainbow trout with artichoke and asiago dip


This is a very easy to do recipe with spectacular results. All you need is 4 rainbow trout filets, one artichoke and Asiago dip and as per Romanian tradition, any fish must be eaten with garlic sauce and polenta. Being in Canada, we added some steamed asparagus on the traditional Romanian fish-eating habit.

Ingredients:

  • 4 rainbow trout filets
  • artichoke and Asiago dip
  • salmon spice
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Wash and pat dry trout filets and put them on a cutting board. Use 1/4 of the dip for each filet spreading on the entire surface. Carefully roll them and in the end stick 2-3 tooth picks inside to hold them together while cooking. Put them in a glass dish and spread salt, pepper and salmon spices on top of them and add approx. 1/2 glass of water or fish soup.

You can eat them with anything you like: rice, steamed vegetables, potatoes, etc but the best side dish is polenta and garlic sauce.

Salmon with tangy thai sauce


Look at the picture below and dare to tell me that doesn’t look amazing! Very nice flavor and taste.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil

Marinade/Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/8-1/4 cup honey
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh red chili finely sliced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. minced lemongrass

Preparation:

  1. To make the marinade/sauce, place all marinade ingredients together in a saucepan over high heat. Stir as you bring the sauce to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered. The sauce will gradually thicken (the smell of the vinegar is rather pungent as it cooks). When marinade/sauce has thickened, place in the refrigerator or freezer to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Place salmon fillets in a flat-bottomed pan or casserole dish (so that fillets aren’t piled on top of each other). When the sauce/marinade has cooled (warm instead of hot), spoon 2 Tbsp. over each fillet, slathering it over the flesh (reserve the remaining sauce for later). Marinate in the refrigerator 10 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  4. Place a frying pan or wok on medium-high heat, allowing it to warm up for at least 1 minute before adding the oil (this will help prevent the fish from sticking).
  5. When pan is hot, add 1-2 Tbsp. oil, lifting and turning the pan to distribute evenly. Now place fillets in the pan.
  6. Allow salmon to fry at least 2 minutes undisturbed before turning.
  7. Fry the fish 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Salmon is done when inner flesh is no longer transparent. For faster cooking, cover fish while it’s frying.
  8. To serve: arrange on a serving platter or plates. Spoon a little of the sauce over each fillet. Place the rest in a side dish and serve as a dipping sauce (it can be re-heated or served at room temperature).
  9. Serve with Thai jasmine rice.

See the original recipe at http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaiseafoodrecipes/r/salmonthaisauce.htm