These baked salmon filets are heavenly because of their delicious, crispy crumb coating. You can use a food processor to prepare the coating so this is also a very quick recipe to make. You might choose to serve these baked salmon fillets with French fries or rice, and also with a crisp green salad. A green vegetable such as broccoli or string beans would be a good alternative to the salad.
The whole wheat bread and walnuts give the fish a very wholesome flavor and the orange and nutmeg add an interesting, zesty tang. Tartar sauce goes very well with this meal. Alternatively you can serve it with homemade garlic mayonnaise. A wedge of lemon or lime on the side is usually very nice with fish recipes but, for this one, a wedge of orange would be delicious, since orange zest is used in the breadcrumb recipe.
Salmon is one of the three most popular fish (the others are cod and tuna) to be bought and cooked in the United States and there is a lot you can do with salmon. You can bake, grill or pan fry it without adding seasonings, and just enjoy the simple taste of the fish. Alternatively you can spice it up and make a blackened salmon recipe or add some crunch and make this walnut crusted salmon dish. Salmon also goes well with eastern flavors like sesame, soy sauce, or oriental dressings, so you can use it in most Asian fish recipes also.
- 4 salmon fillets (6 oz each)
- 6 oz whole wheat bread
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 3 oz butter
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 beaten egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- Finely grated zest from 1 orange
- 2 oz coarsely chopped walnuts
- Salad leaves, French fries and tartar sauce, to serve (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make crumbs out of the bread in a food processor, then mix with the nutmeg, herbs, orange zest, and walnuts.
- Melt the butter over a moderate to high heat, and then add the crumb mixture.
- Cook until the crumbs are turning golden brown and the butter is absorbed.
- Set this mixture to one side to cool.
- Rub the pepper over the salmon fillets and put them on a baking tray skin side down.
- Brush the beaten egg over the fish and press on the crumb mixture.
- Bake for about 18 minutes or until the crumbs are crispy and the fish is opaque.
- Serve with French fries, salad leaves and some tartar sauce if liked.
As the picture shows, salmon looks great with a crunchy crust. Walnuts, orange, herbs, nutmeg and more are combined to make the mouthwatering crust for the salmon filets in this recipe and whichever side dishes you choose to serve it with, there is no doubt this fish is a real gourmet experience. If you are new to making easy fish recipes, why not try this simple salmon dish for tonight’s dinner? The contrast of flavors and textures is exciting and the salmon’s zesty, nutty touch is really delicious. The whole family will be impressed when you serve them this.
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