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Old 01-19-2009, 10:33 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by ironchef View Post
You don't even have to add the cucumber to the sauce per se. You could make a quick pickling of the cucumbers (salt, sugar, rice vinegar) and top the salmon with that. The acidity will balance out the other flavors and will work nicely with the other components that you already are using.
Good idea. I've been playing around with "quick pickling" lately. I'll have to try that with salmon.

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Old 01-19-2009, 12:26 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Jeekinz View Post
Good idea. I've been playing around with "quick pickling" lately. I'll have to try that with salmon.
Jeeks, try this:

Pan Roasted Salmon with Ponzu Butter Sauce and Pickled Sesame Cucumbers

Yield: 4 servings


For the salmon:

4 each, 8 oz. Fresh Salmon Filets
2 Tbps. Frying Oil
Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste

For the sauce:

1/2 c. Dry White Wine
1/2 c. Heavy Cream
2 med. Shallots, finely minced
1 c. (cut into 1" cubes, and kept COLD) + 2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp. prepared Ponzu Sauce (homemade or store bought)
Kosher salt to taste

For the salad:

1 Japanese Cucumbers, halved, seeds removed, and cut into thin half moons
3/4 c. Rice wine Vinegar
1/4 c. Mirin
2 T. Sesame Oil
1 tsp. White Sesame Seeds
1 tsp. Black Sesame Seeds
Kosher Salt to taste


For the Salad:

Combine everything except for the salt and cucumbers in a mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients togther until they are well incorporated. Add the cucumber, and toss until it is well coated. Refrigerate for at least two hours, and then let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Salt to taste just before service.

For the Ponzu Butter:

In a small pot or saucepan, saute the shallots in the 2 Tbsp. of butter until just translucent. Add the wine wine, and reduce au sec, until there’s about 1-2 Tbsp. remaining. Add the heavy cream and Ponzu sauce, and reduce by half, or until it thickens. Off the heat, whisk in the cubed butter until well emulsified. Season to taste with salt and more ponzu if needed, then strain and keep warm.

For the Salmon:

In a heavy sauce pan or skillet, heat the frying oil until lightly smoking. Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper, and sear the top sides of the filets until golden brown. Flip the flish over, and place in the oven to finish, about 4-5 minutes for medium doneness.

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Old 01-19-2009, 12:47 PM   #13
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:10 PM   #14
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Perfect combo - maybe an English cucumber might work well since they don't have many seeds in them. I use them when I make tabouleh
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:57 PM   #15
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Traditional combo! Sour cream or yogurt go well with cukes and dill, and as others have mentioned, salmon is traditional as well. Oh, I'm not fond of it, but caviar as well. Hollow thick slices of cuke, then fill with any and all of the above.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:43 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by nekom View Post
Yesterday evening, I made my first attempt at a meal. Salmon with dill sauce (sour cream, dill, celery seed), and I thought it turned out pretty good. But I was thinking that a cucumber flavor (kinda like the sauce you get on gyros) would go really great with dill and celery seed.

Has anyone tried this combination? How exactly do you get a cucumber flavor anyway? Is there a sauce or extract you can buy?
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:10 AM   #17
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Oh, the answer to a cucumber flavor (besides the obvious answer of a cucumber!) is an herb called salad burnett. It is very pretty I might add, and has a cucumber-ish flavor if you want it but don't want the liquidity of a cuke. Cucumbers are very, very easy to seed if you have diverticulitis or if cucumbers upset your system at all. Just halve lengthwise and use a teaspoon (if you have a grapefruit spoon even better) and scoop out the seeds.

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