Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Kiwi Salsa
Recipe by Half Your Plate Ambassador Chef Michael Smith
Kiwi’s unique sweet and sour flavour makes it a favourite of fruit-lovers everywhere and a great choice for a simple snack. Those same flavours also make it ideal for anchoring savoury condiments like this salsa. Here it’s paired with an equally simple salmon but it’s just as tasty with any grilled meat or other fish. Whatever you top you’ll love how simple it is fill Half Your Plate with this brightly flavoured salsa!
Makes enough for 4 with lots of delicious leftover salsa
For the salsa
6 kiwi, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno, seeds and stem removed, minced
1 lime, zested and juiced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
a handful of cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
For the salmon
4 salmon filets
1/2 cup of cornmeal
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of salt
Begin with the salsa. Simply stir all the ingredients together and reserve while you make the rest of the meal. As with any salsa it will taste better the next day if you have time to wait!
For the salmon whisk together the cornmeal, chili powder and salt. Dredge the salmon filets in the mixture until evenly coated. Meanwhile preheat a large sauté pan over medium high heat with a splash of any vegetable oil. Carefully add the filets to the sizzling pan and pan roast, flipping once or twice until done, about 10 minutes. If you have a lid for the pan use it to trap heat and speed up the fish.
Serve and share with lots of kiwi salsa and the vegetables-of-the-day.
Kiwis do not need to be peeled. You can of course but you don’t have to, the skin is just as edible as any other tree-fruits skin. My kids eat them that way all the time!