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!