Salmon Christoph

Celebrating our wedding anniversary today, we wanted to do something special and cook something new. So I looked in pantry and came up with this dish. Salmon Christoph!  Basically, it is pan-seared salmon, topped with diced salmon mix, oven baked then topped with toasted almonds and raisins with a Dijon mustard cream sauce. I laid it on top of cilantro-lime rice, and cooked a few asparagus with it. It was wonderful! I will adjust the recipe for one serving per person. I took a whole half of salmon and cut into fillets, and end pieces I used for the topping.

1 salmon filet
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

There is really nothing special to do to the salmon filet but sprinkle the salt and pepper on one side. Now, for the topping:

1 ounce salmon pieces, chopped fine
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp smoked paprika

Mix all ingredients together until incorporated. Set to the side until ready to cook your salmon.

For the Cilantro-lime rice:

1/3 cup white rice
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp cilantro
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar

Cook rice per instructions add ingredients and mix well.

For the Dijon cream sauce:
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp honey
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tsp sugar

Melt butter and add Dijon on medium heat. Add honey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and sugar. Cook down till all is incorporated. Add cream and stir. Reduce only a couple of minutes.

Cooking the Salmon

Take your topping mixture and place on top of the salmon. In a cast-iron skillet on medium heat, heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1/2 tbsp butter in a pan. Place salmon in pan and cook for about 6 minutes. After six minutes, place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, turn on broil, and brown the top for about 2 minutes. Turn oven off, remove pan from oven and top with almonds. Place pan back in oven for 2-3 minutes. Remove pan, place salmon on a bed of cilantro-rice, top with Dijon sauce, then finish with golden raisins.  

This was a great dish! The fish, mixed with the topping along with almonds and Dijon sauce, yum! The raisins gave a sweetness to it that was wonderful!