Straight to the fish monger from the produce section .After the weekly purchase was made the dept manager suggested that I pick some of the Fresh Salmon steaks, he is a good friend who always suggests what came fresh each day and we even exchange recipes while they clean the fish up. After I picked a steak up he announced that it was a Christmas gift specially for me as a thankyou for being a good customer .Now that piece of Salmon deserved to be treated with special care.
- Salmon Steak - 1.5 lb
- Juice of 8 Kumquats
- Red pepper flakes - 1/2 tsp
- Soy sauce - 2 tbsp (I used low sodium)
- Olive Oil - 2 tsp
- Ginger - 1/2 inch piece cut into matchstick sized slivers
- Fresh cracked pepper - 1/2 tsp
Remove the skin and wash and pat dry the salmon steak.
Add all the ingredients to the fish and let it marinate for an hour.
Heat a cast iron pan on medium flame.
Place the fish on the pan and pour the Marinade on top.
Cover and cook in steam for 5 minutes.
Remove the cover and let it brown for 2 minutes.
Flip the fish carefully and cook uncovered on the other side for another 5 minutes.
Serve warm with salad.
What I did wrong
Having never tried a KumQuat I should have asked someone how to use them , but for some reason I just assumed that it was a miniature version of an orange that might just be more sour and went ahead and cut them in 2 and juiced them for the marinade. During the process I tasted a few - The flesh is really really tart and salty - more so than a lime , I threw the rind away.It just didnt seem right, I knew I was not doing the right thing ...google to the rescue :) The correct way to eat them is whole; rind and all - the sweetness lies in the rind and the outer part of the fruit.The articles even say that usually only the rind is eaten :) - I had done the opposite ,ate the fruit and threw out the rind.
When you eat them whole it really is like a citrus explosion in your mouth ..you can really taste the citrus notes without any of the bitterness.I will definitely buy more when I see them again.Some have been saved for a cocktail.They look really cute.