Royal Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Aioli

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Royal Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Aioli

Recipe courtesy of MOWI on behalf of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Servings: 2

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 Atlantic Salmon MOWI Royal portions
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 red pepper, cut into long strips
2 cups small potatoes, cooked and cut in half
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup garden peas
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

Romesco Sauce:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1 slice white bread, crust removed
1 large roasted red pepper
1/4 cup tomato puree
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
black pepper
Aioli Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon, zest and juice
white pepper
lemon wedges, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 table­spoon olive oil. Season salmon portions with salt and pepper, to taste, and place skin sides down in the pan. Cook 2-3 min­utes until skin is crispy. Place on a sheet pan, skin sides up, and bake for 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest.

In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil then add peppers and potatoes. Cook 6-7 minutes until peppers soften and potatoes start to caramelize.

Add paprika, cayenne, and peas; stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add tarragon.

To make romesco sauce: In a clean pan, heat olive oil and gently fry garlic, nuts, and bread until toasted.

In a blender, process red pepper, tomato puree, and vinegar until smooth. Add toasted nuts and bread; process to desired consistency.

To make the aioli: In a bowl, whisk mayonnaise, garlic, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper.

Place several spoonfuls of aioli on a plate. Top with potatoes, peppers, and salmon, skin side up. Top with romesco sauce.


Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council