I decided that it was time to pull out some of the cookbooks I have had for awhile, but never used. I grabbed my copy of Betty Crocker’s Quick and Easy Cookbook, and wondered why I had never used any of the recipes. I think that we received this as a wedding gift, so I’ve only had it for about a year and a half, but I am always looking for quick, delicious recipes (and for some reason, I can never make Rachael Ray’s recipes in under 30 minutes.) I searched through and found a few tasty recipes to try out this week. The first was tonight’s dinner – Grilled Salmon with Hazelnut Butter. Josh told me that he didn’t want dinner (he was craving a frozen pizza) and usually I don’t cook for just myself. But this recipe looked so easy and quick, and I already had defrosted some salmon, so I decided to go for it. I’m glad I did!
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- 1 pound salmon
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/8 t pepper
- 2 T finely chopped hazelnuts
- 3 T butter, softened
- 1 T chopped fresh parsley
- 1 t lemon juice
- Prepare hazelnut butter – toast hazelnuts in the microwave or oven. Mix hazelnuts with butter, parsley, and lemon juice.
- Sprinkle both sides of fish with salt and pepper. Grill fish for 4 minutes. Turn – spread about 1 T hazelnut butter over each fillet. Cover and grill 4 to 6 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with fork.
I didn’t grill my fish – I just broiled it in the oven. It takes about the same amount of time, but you don’t have to heat up the grill. I think that grilling this would be wonderful, too, though. I also didn’t measure the ingredients for the hazelnut butter, just kind of threw it all together. I know I added more that 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, but I love lemon on my fish so it was wonderful. I just buy the frozen salmon fillets at Costco – unfortunately, I can’t get any really good fresh fish around here. (This is one of the many reasons I want to move to Seattle!!) I served my fish with some fresh asparagus that I just quickly blanched in boiling water, and put some of the extra hazelnut butter on the asparagus. It was a very simple, fast meal. The hazelnut butter was perfect – you were still able to get the wonderful taste of the salmon, but the nuts added a nice crunch. This one is definitely recommended!