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Friday, January 02, 2009

King Salmon in Phyllo

(quick photo by Karen)

This gorgeous and beautifully marbled salmon filet seems to melt like butter. Normally, I do not buy farm-raised fish. This is an exception in many respects. This may become the first certified organic farm-raised fish. It is available now in January at Gimli Fish on Dufferin Ave. in Winnipeg. The quality of the fish lends itself to many preparations, including being sushi grade.

King Salmon in Phyllo with morel sauce (for 2)

2 King Salmon Filets
2-4 sheets phyllo
1-2 tbs melted butter
10 dried morels (reconstituted)
2-3 shallots, minced
drizzle olive oil
a few drops truffle oil (optional)
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté shallots in a pan on medium high heat with the olive oil and cook through until translucent and beginning to brown. Add the morels and stir until cooked through. Deglaze the pan with a bit of the white wine. Add the cream and cook until reduces. Add the remaining white wine and reduce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cool.

Place salmon piece on one or two phyllo sheets. Spoon half of the cooled morel mixture on top. Fold phyllo over the salmon into packets. Place on a baking sheet and brush with butter. Bake at 400ºF for about 15 minutes until brown. Baking time depends on the thickness of the fish.



Elatia Harris said...

Karen, I am disturbed by the salmon situation, which I read so many conflicting things about. I don't know enough to judge of the quality of the info I read. I have read only wild salmon is really eco-friendly, and that not all the time. Also, that there's farm-raised organic salmon that somehow misses the point, and we shouldn't buy it. Please tell me (an everybody!) what to look for in farm-raised salmon. This is an area where I really feel at sea -- pun intended I guess.

Karen Food said...

Hello Elatia,

I am also very concerned about fisheries. Small-scale fisheries is the topic of my last thesis. All the same, when I investigated this particular fish farm and their practices, it embodied sustainable and healthy practices. Normally, I don't purchase salmon because of the pressures on the ecosystem from over-fishing. I'll get the name for you in my next e-mail.

Karen Food said...

Check out the Creative Salmon website:

Marina Shusterman said...

Hello Karen,

I hope ur well and the salmon looks amazing, I will have to check out Gimili's. Happy Holidays!