Friday, January 25, 2013

Pan-fried Salmon in Special Sauce

This was just a regular salmon dish at my house, except I was trying on a new sauce.  Because the sauce was sweet, slight hint of sour and savory, I didn't bother to season my salmon.  I didn't flour it either just to cut down on the refined flour intake.  When you flour your meat, poultry, seafood to deep-fry or when you add cornstarch/potato starch to thicken the soup/sauce, do you know that you are actually adding refined processed white flour into your diet?  You probably didn't know right?   I didn't notice this small little detail until I heard it from a healthy eating guru in some healthy Chinese cooking show.  It made me aware of this fact, with the knowledge, I would try to cut down on it as much as possible.  It was hard as lots of Chinese dishes need the thickening starches to make a dish palatable.  Just look at my sauce above, it would certainly look more appetizing if the sauce is thick instead of watery.  Also, the fact that all of the egg drops soup and hot and sour soup in the Chinese restaurants are laden with thickening starches, it does make me think twice when ordering it.  Wonton soup is definitely a better option I guess.

Now you are aware, it's up to you to make the right choices!  Again, moderation is the key!

Look at how generous I was with the cilantro and ginger!!  It covered most of my salmon!  Do you know that cilantro has many health benefits?  I know that herbs are good for us but I didn't really pay any attention until I saw some Chinese gobbled up a big bowl of raw cilantro with their food and told me that cilantro was very beneficial to us.  I guess after that I started to buy more cilantro.  I did a search and learned that it actually can remove heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum through the elimination process from the body.  Not only that, it is also antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and regular intake said to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, etc.  With all these benefits, I would eat more cilantro from now on especially in today's toxic world that we live in.  Hmm...and also sea vegetables as it can remove radiation from the body (computer, cellphone, microwave, etc.). 

Ok, back to the recipe.  First pan-fry the salmon fillets without flour and seasoning until brown and cooked through.  Dish out and place on a plate, top it with cilantro.  Then, heat the wok with a little oil.  Add in sliced ginger and stir-fry until brown and crispy.  Add a little water for the sauce.  Season with soy sauce, low sodium Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.  Pour the sauce over the cilantro to serve.


Belinda @zomppa said...

I never really thought about it as added flour - and trying to cut down!!

tigerfish said...

This is how I like the sauce! No need the refined flour at all! I love the generous amts. of ginger and cilantro too. The way I add that zing (sour) factor is to use dash of black vinegar.

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

So its just soy sauce, worchestershire sauce and sugar, thats easy! Will try this for my next stir fry dish, thanks. I didnt know about the refined four bit, guess its such a small thing that we never thought about it, but bit by bit everyday adds up to a mountain right? Thanks for sharing the info.

daphne said...

ginger and 2 different kinds of sauce.. I actually quite like this Ching!! Easy stuff and while i was not a fan of cilantro- I started liking it. No wonder we chinese always use it as a garnish and add it to everything! The health benefits.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

simple and healthy dish!

Yixi said...

I use Bob's Red Mill whole grain corn flour for coating and thickening. All the natural nutrients are there - the germ, bran and endosperm.
Thank you for this yummy recipe. Looking forward to trying it!