#51 Salmon for dinner in 15 minutes
The holidays are over, and we're craving simple and easy to cook dishes. But that doesn't mean sacrificing nutrition, flavor and aroma.
A decade and a half or so ago, when air fryers were still too pricey for home kitchens, we used a “turbo broiler”. It’s like a tabletop oven — glass body with the heat mechanism underneath the lid. It’s an air fryer, really, but clunky and much heavier. That was where this salmon steak was cooked back in 2010. Yes, old recipe that I’m resurrecting because this is a dish that you can easily make in an air fryer.
Lemongrass and ginger salmon
one salmon steak
one stalk lemongrass
12 basil leaves (I recommend Holy basil or lemon basil or Thai basil)
1 clove garlic peeled
2 to 3 slices of ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
Take only the light-colored portion of a stalk of lemongrass. Peel off the fibrous outer layers. Cut the soft portion into small pieces. Grind together the lemongrass, ginger, garlic, basil leaves and salt. Use a mortar and pestle, a blender or a food processor — it’s up to you. After grinding, the mixture should be a coarse paste. It can be a fine paste, if you like. Just process longer. Stir in a little olive oil to loosen.
Spread the mixture on both sides of the salmon. Broil / air fry at 400F for about 10 minutes. Enjoy with rice or salad.
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