EAT DELICIOUS & SUCCULENT NORWEGIAN SALMON THIS SUMMER
Norwegian salmon is a mouth-watering fish with a fresh, smooth, rich flavour and a soft, red flesh and defined flakes; perfect for dining al fresco this summer. Turning a delicate pink colour when cooked, Norwegian salmon is deliciously sweet and its succulent flakes fall away easily when cooked making it an ideal key ingredient for any summer meal.
Whether it’s a weekday barbecue with the family or a picnic with friends, Norwegian salmon is a hugely versatile fish and can be poached, grilled, pan-fried, baked or roasted for delicious hot dishes. A firm favourite for children and adults alike, you can also use up leftover salmon in a tasty salad lunchbox the next day.
EAT LIKE A SCANDI
Often referred to as a superfood, Norwegian salmon is an oily fish, rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and vitamins A and D, which makes it a hugely popular addition to a heart and brain-healthy diet and a great choice for those looking for a lighter lunch or dinner this summer.
Norway’s cold, clear waters are home to an abundance of this favourite fish. In year-round supply and enjoyed in over 100 countries worldwide, so there is really no reason not to pop a pack or two of Norwegian salmon in your shopping basket this summer.
- Norwegian salmon is abundant and available all year round
- Norway is the world’s biggest producer of Atlantic salmon – over 1.1 million tonnes in 2013 which equates to 60% of the world’s production
- In 2013 55,000 tonnes were exported to the UK, up from 46,900 tonnes in 2012
- Seafood from Norway is served in around 31 million meals every day – of which 12 million are salmon
- A typical salmon net-bag is wider than an Olympic swimming pool – the largest being 160m in circumference and 70 metres deep – and the maximum ratio of fish to water is 2.5% fish to 97.5% water, though the average is lower at 1.4% of fish to 98.6% water
- There isn’t an average size for salmon, different markets have various preferences, with Russians choosing a larger fish (4-6 kilos) and Italians liking the smallest fish (1-2 kilos)
ABOUT THE NORWEGIAN SEAFOOD COUNCIL (NSC)
In Norway the tradition of fishing goes back thousands of year – today, Norway is one of the world’s three leading exporters of seafood products. Norwegian fish and seafood are of superior quality, excellent for health and appreciated by consumers around the world.
The NSC has its headquarters in Tromsø, Norway, 600 km (372 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. The NSC was created by the Norwegian Minister of Fishing in 1991 in order to promote Norwegian seafood products throughout the world. The NSC is a public company owned by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.
ABOUT THE NORGE LOGO
Norge is Norwegian for ‘Norway’ and this logo is a guarantee that the product is of Norwegian origin. The logo can only be used on products caught, farmed and processed in Norway and on licensed products in foreign markets. Look out for stickered packs in Morrisons.
Marinated Norwegian salmon with asparagus, shiitake mushroom, sesame seed and rice noodle salad
- 2 limes juice and zest
- 3 tbsp tamari soy sauce
- 3 tbsp Thai sweet chilli sauce
- 1 tsp wasabi paste
- 1 large garlic clove finely chopped or crushed
- 1 large fresh ginger root finely chopped or grated
- 4 salmon fillets skin on
- 2 bunches asparagus
- 1 punnet shiitake mushrooms
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 225 grams rice noodles
- 1 lime for the stir fry
- 1 bunch spring onions chopped
- toasted sesame seeds for the garnish
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- First make the marinade for the salmon. In a medium mixing bowl mix together the lime zest and juice, the tamari soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, wasabi, garlic and ginger.
- Add the salmon fillets and toss the fillets in the marinade so that each fillet is completely coated.
- Cover with clingfilm or pop the salmon along with the marinade into a sealable plastic food bag and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
- When you’re ready to start assembling the dish preheat the oven to 180 C degrees and remove the salmon from the fridge.
- Place the four fillets in an ovenproof dish and drizzle the marinade on top.
- Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the salmon looks opaque and cooked through. If the fillets are chunky they may need a few more minutes in the oven. If you like a slight char on the top of the salmon you can put the cooked fillets under a hot grill after 10 minutes roasting in the oven to slightly caramelize the top of the fish but this isn’t essential.
- Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and slice them into thumb-length pieces. If the asparagus is very thick you may want to parboil them for 1 minute before adding to the stir-fry. If not, just use them raw.
- Chop the shiitake mushrooms into 5mm slices and cook/soak the rice noodles according to the packet instructions.
- To assemble the dish stir-fry the mushrooms in a wok with couple of tablespoons of oil over a high heat, constantly stirring the mushrooms so they brown on the outside but don’t burn.
- After a couple of minutes of cooking the mushrooms add the tamari and sweet chilli sauces, then the asparagus and the rice noodles. Keep stirring to distribute the flavour of the sauces throughout the noodles and taste for seasoning.
- Finish by adding the juice and zest of the lime along with the spring onions then serve on four plates or bowls with the salmon on top. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the four dishes and serve warm.
- If you want to make this in advance and keep for a picnic or a lunch at work then simply let all the ingredients cool down, flake the salmon and rub in the excess marinade, then keep it all in the fridge until you’re ready to serve the dish.
The Norwegian Seafood Council is offering Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary readers the chance to win a £50 Morrisons voucher plus a hardback copy of Signe Johansen’s cookbook Scandilicious, Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking RRP £25 for a total prize value of £75
Signe Johansen is an Norwegian-American food writer and cook living in London.
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