It's Wednesday...The weather has been crazy this week... I hope you are staying warm..... Tonight let's make something deliciously simple. Let's make Pan seared Cajun Salmon, Savory Polenta and Sauteed Apples & Pears... Sounds good??.. Great, I'll show you how..
Chef Huda's Pan Seared Cajun Salmon served with Savory Polenta and Sautéed Apples & Pears
Pan Seared Cajun Salmon
8 oz. Salmon Filets- 4 Pack or Whole Fillet
3 Tbsp of Cajun Seasoning
1 1/2 Tbsp of Oil
Sautéed Apples & Pears
3 Apples- Medium Sliced or Large Diced
3 Pears- Medium Sliced or Large Diced
3 Tbsp of Butter
4 Tbsp of Light Brown Sugar
2 Tsp of Nutmeg
2 Tbsp of Lemon juice
Cracked Black Pepper (optional)
1 Cup of Polenta
1/2 Cup of Fresh Parsley-Rough chopped
3 Cups Water
3 Tbsp of Butter
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tsp of Garlic Powder
*Salt and Pepper-to Taste
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Wait...Please, Wash your Hands.
Okay, now we are ready to start!
Let's start with the Pan Seared Cajun Salmon. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and glaze the pan with Oil. Season the Salmon fillets on both sides with the Cajun Seasoning. Gently pat the seasoning on to the Salmon fillets. Place the Salmon in the pan, skin side down. Let the Salmon fillet cook for about 2-3 minutes until the skin is golden brown. Remove the Salmon from the pan and place into a dish; place in the oven to finish. The Salmon, depending on size, will take about 10-15 minutes to finish. While your Cajun Salmon is in the oven let's get started on our Sauteed Apples & Pears.
Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Melt the Butter. Once the Butter is melted add the Apples & Pears, Brown sugar, Nutmeg and Lemon juice. Stir and cover. Let this cook for 5-7 minutes, cook until the juices thicken. Once the Apples & Pears cook down and are still a little firm, remove from heat and set aside. Finish with some cracked Black Pepper.
Now is a good time to check on your Cajun Salmon. Once the Cajun Salmon is done let it rest for 2-3 minutes. The Cajun Salmon looks great and the Sautéed Apples & Pears smell incredible. Now let's make our Easy and Delicious Savory Polenta.
Place the Water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
Once the water comes to a boil, slowly whisk in the Polenta and remove from the heat. The Polenta will start to thicken. Once it has starts to thicken add in the Garlic powder, Salt, Pepper, Butter, Cream and fresh Parsley. Taste and add more Butter, Salt or Pepper, if needed. Now that everything is finished... Let's start plating!
~Chef Huda's Note: For this dish I recommend a Stacked plating in this order: Start by spooning the Savory Polenta on to the middle of the plate. Spoon a generous portion of the Sautéed Apples & Pears on top of the Savory Polenta. Gently place the Cajun Salmon in the center of the Sautéed Apples & Pears ....So Delicious!!