Day 17

Blackened Salmon Sandwich with Homemade Aeoil and Arugula on Garlic Tuscan Bread

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So for those who know me, I have never been into seafood or fish. I figured it was about time I try to face my fear and make something for the blog. I guess if I want to keep working on my cooking, I’m going to need to like fish.

This salmon was… SO SO SO SO SO SO SO good. I’ve always loved a good aioli so drenching the salmon with it definitely helped. I was also surprised how spicy this blackened seasoning was, but it ended up being great. I used a homemade recipe for creole seasoning, which worked perfect.

There’s something fun about cooking salmon because it’s so pink and also really fragile. Once you cut into the salmon it flakes so nicely and you can really see how moist it is.

I’m going to have to try salmon again and explore seafood/fish more.

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Use Real Butter Recipe:

Ingredients

3 tbsps cajun or creole seasoning
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp paprika
dash of ground pepper
4 tbsps melted butter
4 pieces of salmon (about 3-4 ounces each)
sandwich buns (something soft)
arugula
aioli

Directions

Prepare your grill on high heat. Combine the cajun or creole seasoning with the thyme, paprika, and ground pepper in a shallow bowl. Place the butter in another shallow bowl. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and dip each piece in the melted butter to coat completely. Then dredge each piece through the spices, making sure to press the spices to any bare spots. Grill the salmon for 6-8 minutes over high flame, flipping once half-way through the cooking time (nominally around 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Set one piece of salmon on the bottom of a sandwich bun. Top with aioli, arugula, and the top of the sandwich bun. Serves 4.

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creole seasoning
1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup granulated garlic
1/4 cup granulated onion
3 tbsps black pepper
2 tsps white pepper
2 tsps cayenne pepper
1/4 cup dried oregano
1/4 cup dried thyme
2 tsps ground cumin
2 tbsps sugar

aioli
3 cloves garlic
1/2 -1 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon

Make the aioli: Peel the garlic cloves and mince. Gather the garlic into a little pile and pour the salt over it. With the flat of a sturdy knife blade, crush the salt into the garlic until you get a nice paste. Combine the paste in a bowl with the egg yolks. Whisk or beat the egg yolks together (you can also use a food processor), adding a few drops of olive oil at the start. Keep whisking and adding a little oil until it begins to thicken. While whisking/beating, pour half of the oil into the mixture in a slow and thin stream. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and continue whisking in the remaining oil until it reaches the desired consistency. Add more lemon juice and or salt to taste.

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