Thursday, January 21, 2010

Salmon with Okra




Almost any veggies go well with salmon steaks. After eating okra with steamed fish in Jamaica, I was inspired to try to make it. I've never made okra before. I tried to look up some recipes online, but they all had some ingredients I didn't want to use. I decided to try and make up my very own okra recipe, and it turned out great.

Eating this steamed fish in Jamaica, I wondered where the slimy sauce comes from. Finally, while cutting, and then cooking okra, I realized that it's okra itself that is somewhat slimy, and that I can maintain its sauce if I don't dry it out during cooking (adding water and lemon help with that).


Ingredients:

2 salmon steaks

3 Tbsp red wine

1 lb okra, cut into 3-4 pieces each

1/4 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup water

juice from 1 lemon

oil
salt and pepper
2 cups of white rice


Set the rice to cook in your rice cooker while you prepare the rest of the meal.



Place salmon steaks into a plate or a tray for marinating. Sprinkle some salt (or seasoning mix) and red wine. Turn over a couple of times to make sure both sides are covered.



While the salmon stakes are marinating, prepare the ingredients for okra.


Saute onion, garlic and peppers for a couple of minutes. Add okra and simmer for 5 minutes. Add water and lemon juice and cook covered for another 5-10 minutes. You can add more water if it starts to dry out.



Now you can start cooking your salmon. That takes the least amount of time. Heat a little bit of oil on the frying pan. Fry salmon steaks on high heat for about 2 minutes per side for 0.5in steak.

By now the rice should be cooked and if timed it right, you can enjoy a nice hot meal.


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