• Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons ketjap manis
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar or honey
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups combination of black and white sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 4, 6 ounce salmon, fillets, skinned
  • Procedure
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  • 2. In a small saucepan combine the ketchup, ketjap manis, vinegar, sugar, curry, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and cilantro, whisk and add enough water until it is a thick sauce consistency. Bring to a simmer over med-lo heat. Set aside.
  • 3. Place the seasoned flour on a baking sheet
  • 4. Place the egg whites in a medium bowl and lightly whisk.
  • 5. Place the sesame seeds on a flat baking sheet.
  • 6. Dip the salmon in the flour, egg white then in the seeds and to coat.
  • 7. Heat a large skillet and add a little canola oil. Saute the salmon for 3 minutes per side until slightly golden. Transfer to a baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven until medium-rare about 5 minutes.
  • 8. Heat the sauce until bubbling. Spoon some over the fish and pass the remaining sauce on the side if desired.
We all love salmon and since it is now easy to find it wild in our fish market, I say; bring it on! I love it, but remember to cook it the day you buy it and never freeze salmon, it ruins the texture ( this is true for all fish- especially the “steak type” fish such as salmon, tuna, swordfish and shark) I teach many classes on cooking fish since so many people over-cook it and are intimidated by how to buy it, store it and give it some creative flair.

Here is one of my all time favorite recipes with an elegant presentation to boot, perfect for your next dinner party. There is one specialty ingredient; ketjap manis, which is a very thick and sweet Indonesian soy sauce that can be found in Asian Markets or online. If you prefer to make it, drop me a line and I will send you the recipe. Meanwhile, enjoy this wonderful source of omega- 3 fatty acids and remember not to over-cook it.

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