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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fresh Lime and Blackened Peppered Alaskan Salmon

Price per serving for two: $2.40

You will need to buy one package of fresh frozen Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon. I bought a six piece package at Aldi for 3.99. If you don't have in the fridge, one lime. I bought one at my local fresh grocer for .49 cents. And, if you don't already have potatoes in the pantry, get some. I happen to have a 2 lb. bag of yellow gold in the pantry for which I paid $1.89.  This bag has provided 3 meals so far and will provide at least 3 more. In this way, I can figure in about .31 cents each meal.

Take from the pantry:
Sea Salt
Olive Oil
Fresh Butter
Coconut Oil
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Dried Herb Seasonings
* rosemary, mint and thyme or oregano

The salmon should be thawed and sitting in a marinate of fresh squeezed lime juice, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and dried herb seasoning. Before cooking, remove the dark line of meat from each piece. This part has a strong bitter taste. Take out your favorite skillet. By now, you know mine... deep and covered. Melt 3 tbs of coconut oil and the same of olive oil and one pat of fresh 'salted' butter.  Once the oils have spit at you, lay in your salmon and cover. Let the fillets cook covered for a while. In that time, prepare halved potatoes in a drizzle of olive oil in a glass dish to be microwaved. Back to the salmon which should be ready to turn over. Do that, and cover again for an additional 2 min; and, then uncover turning up the flame til the edges blacken... just the edges. When the microwave beeps, the potatoes are done and the fillets as well. For garnish, just add more fresh lime slices/wedges. To zing up the potatoes, you can drizzle on some of the pan oils from the salmon and I always like to include on the table a small dish of fresh sour cream. I recommend as a brainy gourmet that every kitchen have fresh sour cream, heavy cream, and salted butter as wonders can be done with these items at any moments notice using just about any fresh food product.
A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, when slightly chilled, pairs well with fish...not figured into the price per serving.

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