Baked Salmon with sweet onion and fennel!

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Haven’t been posting that much on my site lately. 😦 Have not been feeling well, so motivating myself to writing was hard!

I have been making dinners though, but not feeling for taking pictures of them. Regretting that now, but I made this baked salmon a couple of weeks ago. My sister made a comment upon eating this dish…..she said ours  must be the most frequently fish-eating desi family in Norway. That was a huge compliment! I like to believe that I give my children healthy proper food to eat, and what is healthier then red fish?

I found this recipe in Jamie Oliver cookbook, and I must say that the combination of ingredients was unusual but absolutely lovely!

I thought fresh Fennel would be hard to find, but I found it in my regular grocery store Rema 1000.

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I used:

1 kg Salmon fillet without skin and bones

2 fresh Fennel

1 onion

2-3 cloves garlic

1 kg of potatoes

1 tsp fennel seed (saunf)

Two handful of good quality Parmesan Reggiano

300ml single cream

bread crust

Cut potatoes in slices and boil them for a couple of minutes in salted water, and put them aside. Now slice the onions and fennel. Take good quality EVOO in a skillet and add garlic, onion and fennel and cook on low heat with lid on for 10 minutes till it’s soft and jam-like. Transfer the “jam” to a baking dish, lay the salmon on top (remember to thoroughly salt and pepper the fish) and cover with pre-cooked potatoes. Now in a bowl mix the cream, Parmesan and salt and pepper and pour it over the dish covering it nicely. The bread crust comes on the top and in the oven it goes. Bake in oven on 200 degrees Celsius for 30-40 minutes. (check out that the fish is cooked through). 5 minutes before taking out the bake use a little more Parmesan to grate the dish!

And voila, you have the most gorgeous baked salmon u ever tasted. The fennel does the magic!

Herbmarinated baked Salmon

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There are two national treasures in Norway, both laying in the sea. Oil and Salmon! Salmon is one of the largest export items of Norway, and no wonder actually. The fish is wonderfully healthy, rich on Omega3 fatty acids and good for your diet!

One would think that since we have fish on our doorstep, the prices on fish would be low. The truth is that good quality, fresh fish is expensive. Some years back Salmon was considered an expansive fish. Nowadays you can buy salmon fillet for around 80,- kr kilo on sale. Which I am very happy for, as my children LOVE fish. (Yes, I know….lots of kids don’t…. so I am lucky).

You need:

  1. 1 kg of good quality fresh Salmon fillet (buy it in a fish-shop or Ultra, Mega or ICa
  2. For marination: 1 dl. of lemon juice, 1 dl. of EVOO, green herbs (e.g. estragon, parsley, dill or whatever you have got) freshly grinded salt and black pepper, and couple of cm of fresh ginger grated.

Marinate your fish for about 20 minutes. The lemon will start “cooking” the fish if you rest it for longer. Mix all the above ingredients and marinate in room temperature. When marinated bake in the oven on 200 degrees for 20 minutes or until the fish is firm to touch.

With the fish I have made a mushroom and onion ragu. Boiled potatoes and Hollandais sauce and some veggies (any kind, these were the one I had in hand).