What's not to love about salmon? It's a popular fish, it cooks quickly, and it works well with so many flavors. Check out these simple gluten-free ideas, each of which can be made in an hour or less.
Roasted salmon with red pepper hazelnut pesto: Roasted red peppers are a perfect smoky base for this rustic sauce, brightened with a little lemon and dotted with fresh chopped chives. But it's the toasted hazelnuts that take this pesto to another level. Enticingly fragrant, they lend a wonderfully rich depth to the finished sauce. I loved this pesto served over roasted salmon, though it would pair equally well with other fish, poultry or roasted vegetables.
Oven-steamed salmon with dill mayonnaise: If you're looking for easy, it doesn't get much better than oven-steamed salmon, according to Food editor Parsons. With his recipe, you simply steam salmon on a baking sheet in a 250-degree oven over a baking pan filled with boiling water. The salmon is ready in about 20 minutes, when the fish just begins to flake. While it's cooking, whisk together a quick dill mayonnaise (mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, fresh chopped dill and shallots and a little lemon juice), and you're good to go. Simple, right?
Chipotle roasted salmon: Salmon quickly picks up the flavors of this chipotle marinade, the fiery chiles married with tequila, a touch of sesame, and fresh notes of garlic, cilantro and green onion. Simply spoon the marinade over the fish and let it sit while the oven heats up, then roast for 12 to 15 minutes until done. As with all ingredients for any recipe, check to make sure the adobo sauce is gluten- or wheat-free before using.
You can find all of the recipes below.
THYME CAFE AND MARKET'S ROASTED SALMON WITH RED PEPPER HAZELNUT PESTO
Total time: 1 hour
Note: Adapted from Thyme Café & Market
3 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded (about 2 cups)
2/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped, more to taste
Zest and juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil, more or less to taste, plus more for drizzling over the salmon
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped chives
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
1. In a blender, combine the bell peppers, hazelnuts, garlic, lemon zest and juice, cider vinegar, one-fourth teaspoon salt and several grinds of black pepper. Pulse to combine. With the blender running, drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify and form the pesto. Taste, adjusting seasoning and flavoring as desired, and adjusting the thickness of the pesto with additional olive oil. This makes a generous 2 cups pesto, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe; any leftover pesto can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.
2. Remove the pesto to a bowl and stir in the chopped chives.
3. Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
4. Place the salmon fillets on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and drizzle the top of each fillet with a little oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper over each fillet.
5. Place the fillets in the oven and roast until the salmon is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Plate the salmon and drizzle a little pesto over each fillet. Serve immediately.
Each of 4 servings: 560 calories; 37 grams protein; 6 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 43 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 94 mg cholesterol; 3 grams sugar; 321 mg sodium.
OVEN-STEAMED SALMON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
1 (1½- to 2-pound) salmon filet, in 1 piece
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon minced shallots
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup minced fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Place the salmon, meat side up, on a cutting board and feel along the surface of the flesh with your fingertips just above and below the midline. If you feel pin bones, pluck them out with tweezers or needle-nose pliers. Season the salmon with one-half teaspoon salt, or to taste, and place on a jellyroll pan lined with lightly oiled aluminum foil.
2. When the oven is ready, place a baking pan on the floor of the oven and fill it with boiling water. Place the pan with the salmon on the rack. Cook until a paring knife or toothpick penetrates the flesh easily, 20 to 25 minutes. Note that the flesh will be somewhat denser than usual and that it won't change color as much as with other cooking methods.
3. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, shallots, mustard and dill in a food processor or blender or use a mortar and pestle and puree until fairly smooth. There should still be some dots of herbs visible. Add lemon juice and puree again. Taste, correct seasoning and set aside.
4. When the salmon is done cooking, there will probably be some white collagen collected on the surface. Moisten a pastry brush with oil and lightly brush it away.
6. Serve the salmon on a large platter with a bit of the mayonnaise spooned to one side. Serve the remainder of the mayonnaise in a bowl to pass. Tell your guests to scoop up the salmon with a spoon, leaving the skin behind.
Each of 8 servings: 407 calories; 21 grams protein; 1 gram carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 35 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 0 sugar; 406 mg sodium.
CHIPOTLE ROASTED SALMON
Total time: 35 minutes including marination
Servings: 8 to 10
2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup tequila
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
4 scallions, green part only, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crumbled
1 fillet of wild salmon, 3 to 3 1/2 pounds, about 1 1/4 -inch thick
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
1. Mince the chipotles and combine with the sesame seeds, tequila, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, scallions, cilantro and oregano. Mix well.
2. Season the salmon with the salt. Lay the fish skin side down on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Spoon the chipotle mixture evenly over the top. Let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 500 degrees.
3. Roast the salmon for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, or until a thin sharp knife slides in easily when inserted into the thickest part. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into slices. Lift the foil onto a serving platter and slide the fish onto the platter. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Each of 10 servings: 298 calories; 30 grams protein; 2 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 15 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 69 mg. cholesterol; 318 mg. sodium.