Monday, March 11, 2013

Pan Seared Salmon & Parmesan Cauliflower Mash

Tonight I made a quick and simple dinner.  I decided to pan sear wild caught salmon fillets.  I simply seasoned them with some kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and a dusting of Chinese Five Spice powder and then seared both sides on medium-high heat in olive oil for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side.  I picked up the Chinese Five Spice at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago to try.  Well, tonight...I realized that I am not particularly fond of the Chinese Five Spice powder!  The spices contained in it are:  Star Anise, Fennel, Black Pepper, Cinnamon and Cloves.  The last 3 of those spices I am very familiar with and like the taste of.  I have had fennel in sausage before...but the Star Anise has a licorice type of flavor which is quite different, to say the least.  I'm not sure if I don't like it...or simply don't like it on salmon.  It wasn't so awful that I would never try it again...but it was odd tasting enough on the salmon that I know I will never try it on my salmon again!  :-)   I was glad that I had only "lightly dusted" the salmon with it so it didn't overpower it.  I also made my Rich and Thick Parmesan Cauliflower Mash tonight, which I absolutely love, as well as some steamed green beans with almonds.  I snapped a couple photos for you to see below.  Enjoy!

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