This herb and fennel crusted salmon might just be my new favourite way to eat it. I love salmon raw, poached, grilled and pan-fried, but this flavour packed crust gives it an amazing texture and it’s so easy to do. I really love recipes that kind of cook themselves and require minimal prep. Perfect for when you are time-strapped but want to impress.
I paired it with the De Wetshof Estate The Site Chardonnay, a classic wine with typical Chardonnay characteristics of nuttiness & vanilla. It’s a beautiful and complex wine with bold flavours that do well served with something a little special. It cuts through the fattiness of the salmon and marries perfectly with the fennel. Made from grapes that come off perfectly located vineyards that date back to 1986, this wine is made in the vineyard as much as it’s made in the cellar. It spends one year in French oak barrels to give it more character.
I added fennel seeds to the sweet potatoes too, along with thyme and olive oil, and both crisp up beautifully adding amazing flavour. The hint of fennel seeds in the salmon crust gets toasted off first to release their aromatics. It doesn’t overpower in an aniseedy kind of way and my favourite fennel salad with radish and lemon would be perfect to accompany this dish.
In case you missed them, I’m producing a series of recipes that pair well with the delectable range of Dewetshof Estate Chardonnays and so far I have done:
Recipe – serves 2
- 550 - 600 gm salmon
- ½ cup Asian panko crumbs
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley finely chopped (2 Tbsp)
- 1 tsp chopped thyme leaves
- 1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly toasted
- zest from half a lemon
- sea salt & black pepper
- 3 medium orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- approx 3 – 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp fennel seeds, raw
- 4 sprigs thyme
- about 8 cloves garlic, bruised
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup crème fraiche
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp creamed horseradish
- salt and black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200C. Toss the sweet potatoes in the olive oil and spread on a baking tray in a single layer. Sprinkle over the fennel seeds, thyme stalks and salt & pepper. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes until golden brown.
- Pin bone the salmon and place it on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper skin side down.
- Mix all the crumb ingredients together and spread evenly over the salmon. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes (depending on how thick the fish is) at 200C and until the crust is golden brown and the salmon just cooked through.
*This post is sponsored by De Wetshof Estate
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