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Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Spicy wasabi amps up pan-cooked salmon

  • Wasabi adds heat to pan-roasted salmon as the wasabi-coated fish is served on sliced cucumbers with a saute of broccoli, corn and red peppers.

    Linda Gassenheimer / The Miami Herald

    Wasabi adds heat to pan-roasted salmon as the wasabi-coated fish is served on sliced cucumbers with a saute of broccoli, corn and red peppers.

Wasabi is the Japanese version of horseradish. It's an Asian root vegetable that is sold in paste and powdered form. The powdered form is mixed with water to form a thick paste.
The green wasabi served with sushi is usually white wasabi powder that is mixed with colorants and mustard. Fresh wasabi root can be found in some Asian stores.
To save clean up and time, the salmon and vegetables are made in the same skillet.
Make the salmon first, spread the sauce on top and remove from the skillet. Make the pan-roasted corn and broccoli in the same skillet.
The wasabi adds a nice Asian flavor and dash of heat to this healthy, easy dish.
Some helpful hints:

  • Prepared horseradish can be used instead of wasabi powder.
  • Use any reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing.
  • If wild salmon is unavailable, any type of fresh salmon can be used.
  • Ground ginger can be substituted for fresh ginger.
  • Serves with a fruity pinot noir.
Wasabi-crusted salmon
2 teaspoons wasabi powder
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
Olive oil spray
3/4 pound wild salmon fillet
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/4 whole grain baguette, sliced
Mix wasabi powder and mayonnaise together and set aside. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil spray. Add salmon and sauté 3 minutes. Turn and sauté another 3 minutes. Remove from heat; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Spread salmon with wasabi mixture. Cover and let sit 2 minutes. Divide cucumber slices between 2 plates. Divide salmon in half and place each half over the cucumbers. Serve with the bread. Makes 2 servings.
Per serving: 423 calories (40 percent from fat), 19 g fat (2.7 g saturated, 6.4 g monounsaturated), 96 mg cholesterol, 38.2 g protein, 22.3 g carbohydrates, 4.2 g fiber, 327 mg sodium.
Pan roasted ginger corn and broccoli
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1/4 pound broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium red bell pepper, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Add oil to the nonstick skillet used for the salmon and heat over medium-high heat. Add corn, broccoli, red pepper and ginger. Toss to coat the vegetables with the oil and cover with a lid. Cook 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide in half and place on the plates with the salmon. Makes 2 servings.
Per serving: 163 calories (31 percent from fat), 5.7 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 3.1 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 5.3 g protein, 27.4 g carbohydrates, 3.2 g fiber, 21 mg sodium.
Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of “Simply Smoothies: Fresh & Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks & Complete Meals” and “Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table” and “The Flavors of the Florida Keys.” Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter lgassenheimer.) Follow her on Twitter lgassenheimer.
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