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Orange Ginger Salmon

Orange Ginger Salmon

It’s a new year, and I know that y’all are trying to eat healthier. This quick and simple, but super flavorful, citrusy salmon recipe will help you eat cleaner and stay on track. It only requires a few ingredients, but when it’s paired with fresh salmon, the flavors are incredible! Serve this on a bed of lettuce, cooked grain, and even soba noodles. This can be eaten cold or warm, so it makes a fantastic leftover lunch.

Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 fillets of salmon

  • 2 oranges, squeezed

  • 4 scallions, sliced

  • 2-inch ginger, zested

  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame oil

  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to season

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.

  2. Pat dry your salmon filets, and season them with salt on both sides. Place them in a shallow baking dish.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk orange, scallions, ginger, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, roasted sesame oil, and salt.

  4. Pour the sauce over the prepared, dry salmon fillets. Bake them in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until the salmon is opaque and soft to the touch.

  5. Garnish the salmon with some cilantro.

  6. Serve the fish with a side of quinoa, rice, cauliflower rice, or what you please. Even soba noodles would be great!

  7. Enjoy!

Papillote Branzino

Papillote Branzino

Branzino is the Mediterranean sea bass. I grew up eating lots of charcoal-grilled Branzino in Lebanon, but now that I live in Brooklyn without a grill, I found a way to cook this salty fish. 

When I was in college, I learned this "papillote" method, cooking in parchment envelops. It's an easy way to cook fish without drying it out. Keeping the moisture within the papillote locks in all the Mediterranean flavors of Branzino. You can cook any fish using this foolproof method.

Make this impressive dish with minimal effort for your next dinner party!

Photos by Lauren Zaser

Serves: 4 - 6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 fennel head

  • 6 fillets branzino

  • 3 tbsp capers

  • 1/4 cup olives, sliced

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.

  2. Slice fennel on a mandoline. If you don't have a mandoline, thinly slice the fennel.

  3. Cut out a parchment paper that is 6 inches larger than your sheet tray.

  4. Line the sheet tray with the parchment, and drizzle with olive oil.

  5. Scatter sliced fennel and salt.

  6. Place the filleted branzino on top of the fennel and season it with salt and pepper, followed by capers, olives, garlic, and thyme leaves.

  7. Season the fish with salt and pepper.

  8. Layer the lemon across the fish.

  9. Pour the white wine around the fish.

  10. Cover the fish with a parchment paper, and fold the ends of parchment papers tightly to make an envelope.

  11. Place the sheet tray in the preheated oven, and cook it for 14 - 16 minutes.

  12. Remove the sheet tray from the oven, and let it sit for 1 minute before removing the top parchment paper.

  13. ENJOYY!!