It's that point in the year where everyone is feeling a bit run down. Rushing around doing last minute Christmas errands today, all I heard was people coughing, snuffling and sighing into their coffees about how tired/poorly they felt. In our house, we've all had the obligatory hacking cough although my little 9 month old daughter got over it most quickly and with less moaning than her parents. We're now in need of a bit of a health boost pre-Christmas so I've been trying to cook lots of fresh, virus-busting and arthritis-fighting meals.
This easy salmon recipe has been one of our favourites. It's incredibly quick and easy to make but the sesame crust transforms the salmon into something really special. I like to use white miso paste to coat the salmon but if you prefer you can just use sweet chilli sauce or any other sticky sauce you particularly like. When my arthritis is difficult I sometimes struggle to grate fresh ginger and use the ready made paste instead - it's not quite as aromatic but it does the job.
Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium and combined with the omega 3 oils in the fish you have a lovely bone boosting supper for arthritis. I like to serve it with sweet potato mash and green vegetables smothered in garlic and ginger - a sure fire way to help send the lurgy away until this time next year!
2 salmon fillets
2 tablespoons miso paste (I used white but see notes above)
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
1tsp fresh grated ginger (or use a jarred paste)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Mix the miso paste, chilli sauce and ginger together in a small dish. Brush the top top and sides of the salmon fillets with the marinade and then sprinkle each one with a tablespoon of sesame seeds. Pat the sesame seeds on to make sure they stick.
Put the coated salmon fillets on the baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets), then switch the oven onto the HIGH grill setting and grill for 3 minutes or until the sesame crust is golden. Serve immediately.