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Wasabi Salmon

As posted on Dallas Morning News

• 2 (15 ½ -ounce) cans cream-style corn
• 1/3 cup cream (more or less)
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• ¼ cup water
• 1 ½ pints wasabi peas (dried; see notes)
• 4 (7- to 8-ounce) salmon fillets
• Sea salt
• Ground pepper
• Olive oil, for coating (see notes)
• 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
• 1 ½ tablespoons butter
• Italian parsley, mache or micro greens, for garnish

  1. Using a blender, purée the corn and then strain the mixture into a saucepan. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. If the sauce is thin, dissolve the cornstarch in ¼ cup water and whisk into the sauce. Stirring constantly, bring to a simmer. Cool and set aside. This can be done a day in advance and refrigerated.
  2. Using a blender or a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the peas to make a coarse crumb mixture. Transfer to a large plate.
  3. Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil and then, one at a time, press each fillet into the wasabi crumbs, coating both sides. Place on heavy-duty tinfoil and repeat with remaining fillets.
  4. Seal to enclose the fillets and place the tinfoil package atop a bowl of ice cubes until ready to cook.
  5. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  6. Heat a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 ½ tablespoons each of oil and butter. When the mixture is hot, add the salmon fillets (skin side up), and sauté about 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and cook on the skin side for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the heat down if necessary, but do not cover the pan.
  7. Transfer the skillet to the oven to finish cooking, for about 5 minutes. Be sure to use a hot pad when removing the skillet from the oven. Or transfer to a cookie sheet to finish cooking. This gives you time to heat the plates and the sauce.
  8. Pool each plate with sauce, and place the salmon in the center. Garnish with fresh parsley or greens. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Notes: Wasabi peas are available at Central Market or in the ethnic foods section of most supermarkets. This recipe was tested with wasabi peas from Central Market that are packaged in 1-pint plastic containers. The recipe calls for coating the fish with olive oil before rolling it in the crumbs, but you could use a thin coating of wasabi mayonnaise for added punch. Made by French's, it is available at most supermarkets.
Source: Anne Greer McCann, Take Home Miracles

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