What’s For Dinner, Mom?: Thai Salmon with Black Bean Sauce

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Salmon, noted as an oily fish is jam packed with benefits: it's high in vitamin D, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Great smoked, baked or broiled, it also takes on a great array of flavors from BBQ to garlic to onions and peppers. For our dinner selection, we chose a Thai salmon which includes black bean sauce and a bit of garlic. It's delicious!

NEEDED
2-3 salmon steaks or fillets, fresh or frozen, OR other type of fish, such as cod, sole, snapper, halibut, etc...

BLACK BEAN SAUCE:

1/3 cup chicken stock

2 Tbsp. prepared black bean sauce, OR black bean garlic sauce (available by the jar at Asian/Chinese food stores)
2 Tbsp. sherry OR cooking sherry
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 thumb-size piece galangal OR fresh ginger, grated
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. fish sauce (available in tall bottles at Asian/Chinese food stores)
1 Tbsp. brown sugar OR 1 tsp. white sugar
1-2 fresh red chilies, minced, OR 1/3 to 1/2 Tbsp. dried crushed chili (from the spice aisle)

TOPPING

handful of fresh coriander
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
drizzle of sesame oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. If using frozen fish, quickly thaw by floating the fish packet in a bowl or sink of tepid water.

3. If using fresh fish, briefly rinse it and pat dry. Place fish in a covered, flat-bottomed baking dish. Set aside.

4. Combine all 'Black Bean Sauce' ingredients together, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Pour sauce over fish. Turn the fish once or twice so that it is saturated with sauce.

5. You can either cover fish and leave to marinate OR bake right away.

6. Cover and bake (at 350 degrees) for 15-20 minutes (12-14 for thinner fillets, 15-20 for steaks), or until the inner flesh has turned firm and opaque (no longer translucent).

7. Avoid over-cooking or the salmon will lose its natural succulence.

8. When fish is cooked, taste-test it with the sauce. (Taste Tip: The sauce should taste on the salty and spicy side, then when it's eaten with the fish and rice it'll be perfect.)

**Note that the saltiness of the sauce will depend on the type of stock you used.

***If not salty or flavorful enough, add another 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. fish sauce. If too salty, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.

8. Portion the fish out onto individual plates. Top with some of the black bean sauce from the baking dish plus a sprinkling of spring onion and fresh coriander. Drizzle with a little sesame oil and serve with rice and more of the black bean sauce on the side. ENJOY!

Recipe @: www.about.com

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