Pan-Fried Salmon with Green Goddess Tzatziki

photo (3)DSCN0105Just a wonderful weeknight dinner using Salmon right on the stovetop. Really delicious Tzatziki which is so super easy to make, it’s super fresh tasting and the herb flavor really comes through.  I have many different sauces that I make and a few different tzatziki sauces as well but this is what I did this time.  Original recipe comes from Giada De Laurentiis .  I played around with a few ingredients  but definitely got my inspiration for this one from her. It helps to have a fish spatula for flipping over salmon which I learned from my cooking classes with Karen Lee. Tzatziki sauce can be made a day ahead and chilled in the refrigerator. There will definitely be left over sauce , you’ll have enough sauce for at least 6 pieces of salmon. It makes for a delicious dip as well, and great served with grilled chicken.

Ingredients:

2  7 oz. salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick, skin on

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

Tzatziki:

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt ( 2% fat)

2 tablespoons mayonnaise or vegenaise

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon – I had trouble finding fresh tarragon so I had to add dry tarragon. I used about a teaspoon of dry, I would have really liked the fresh but couldn’t find it that day.

1 tablespoon white vinegar, you can use white wine vinegar as well

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus you may want extra at the end for taste

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, you may also want to add more of this as well

1/2 an English hothouse cucumber, seeded ( app. 1 lb)

Directions:

For Tzatziki:

Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, basil, chives, tarragon , vinegar , salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend until the herbs are finely chopped and sauce is a pretty pale green. Scrape the sauce into a bowl.

Coarsely grate the cucumber using the large holes of a box grater onto a paper towel lined plate, pat dry and let it sit out and air dry for a few minutes. I used my mini processor and then let it dry on paper towels for a few minutes.  Then mix the cucumber into the tzatziki. Add salt and pepper to taste. The tzatziki can be made one day ahead if you like.

For Salmon:

Pat dry the Salmon with some paper towels, then sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Cook the salmon, skinned side up , till it turns a golden brown, about 4 – 5 minutes depending on thickness of salmon. Flip the fish ( if you have a fish spatula this will be easier) and cook for another few minutes until done. It really all depends on the thickness of your fish. You’ll definitely need to turn on the exhaust fan for this one.

Serve warm, at room temperature or even chilled with the tzatziki. Yum! I served with roasted asparagus .

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