Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On the Other Side of the Holidays

Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon with Asian Broccoli Slaw
The holidays are over and once again I'm feeling that ThanksgivingChristmasNewYears food-hangover feeling. I love parties, dinner, brunches, and all the rest with friends and family, but even I start to crave something a little less cream-based after a few weeks. I have sung the praises of super-food salmon on several occasions, and I will do so again! It's SO good and SO good for you. I always just feel somehow healthier after a salmon dinner. I happened to have some leftover macadamia nuts in the pantry from a delicious Chocolate and Caramel Macadamia Nut tart and thought they might make a great crunchy compliment to my favorite friend from the sea. I whipped this up pretty fast. It was perfectly lovely with a small glass of chardonnay and an evening of Wii Sports! Happy January!


- 2 6-7 oz. salmon fillets
- 1/2 c. roughly chopped macadamia nuts
- 1/2 c. plain dried breadcrumbs
- 1/4 c. flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 8-10 oz. bag of shredded broccoli, cabbage, or carrots
- 3 green onions, trimmed and diced
- 6 Tbsp. grape seed or canola oil, divided
- 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tsp. sesame seed oil
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 c. dried cherries
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- Teriyaki sauce
- salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together rice vinegar, honey, sesame seed oil, soy sauce, and minced garlic in a small bowl. Drizzle in 3 Tbsp. oil and whisk into mixture. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine shredded broccoli, cabbage or carrots with diced green onions and cherries. (I just bought a bag of pre-shredded broccoli slaw at Trader Joes, yum. Dress with dressing and toss to combine thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside and prepare salmon. (I like to prepare my salad dressings by pouring the ingredients into mason jars and shaking them up. It's great for storage too!)

Whisk together breadcrumbs and chopped nuts in a shallow bowl, set aside. Season salmon fillets on both sides with salt and pepper then dredge through flour, then beaten egg, then cover completely with nut-breadcrumb mixture. Set aside and heat remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook salmon fillets in oil until cooked through and crust begins to turn golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and brush each fillet with teriyaki sauce. Serve warm with broccoli slaw.

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