Crispy Panko and Herb Crusted Salmon
2 pound salmon fillet
1/2 leek finely chopped (white part of the leek)
1/2 red pepper diced
6 cherry tomatoes chopped
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cup panko crumbs
1/2 cup Italian parsley finely chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
zest of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
In a skillet heat 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Add the chopped onions and leeks.
Saute until translucent about 4 minutes.
Add the chopped red peppers and tomatoes and continue cooking until soft.
Set aside and allow to cool before adding to the panko breadcrumb mixture.
Using a food processor, finely chop the parsley, garlic clove, and the lemon zest.
Add the panko breadcrumbs,salt and pepper, pulse to blend.
Transfer to a bowl and toss in the the onion, leek, tomato and red pepper mixture, which has been cooled. Blend in 3 tablespoons of extra virgin oil, enough to coat the bread mixture.
Place the salmon flat side down on a cookie sheet, which has been lined with parchment paper.
Spread the breadcrumb mixture on top of the fish to cover.
Bake in a preheated 375ºF for 25- 35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon fillet.
Much like regular batter used in deep frying, my panko breadcrumb recipe with herb, tomato, leek, and sweet red pepper, seals in all the moisture; plus gives you a crispy coating that we all love but without all the added calories.
June 21, 2012