Salmon in a Sea of Coconut
Mouthwatering salmon for lunch with cubes of avocado and a crust of wasabi powder and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Serves: 4
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the mushrooms, shallots, and ginger and cook until the mushrooms are just tender and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the fish stock, coconut milk, white wine, and miso and bring to a boil. Stir in the noodles, reduce the heat to low, and cook until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the lime juice, scallions, water chestnuts, hearts of palm, and avocado. Season with salt (start with 1/2 teaspoon salt and add more carefully to keep from overpowering the delicate flavors). Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and keep warm.
Sprinkle the skinned side of the salmon with the wasabi and sesame seeds. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the salmon fillets, skin side down. You’ll see the salmon change color as it cooks from the bottom. When it is still rare, 3 to 4 minutes, flip the fillets so the heat can kiss the top of the fish. Turn off the heat.
Spoon the noodles and soup into four soup bowls, then top each serving with a piece of salmon and sprinkle with the chopped mint and dill.
Notes: You can find canned water chestnuts and hearts of palm in most grocery stores. Wasabi powder is in the Asian section of most grocery stores. Check the label to make sure it’s wasabi—not horseradish and food coloring.