Last summer, I took a magical trip to Greece with two of my best girlfriends. One of the dreamiest aspects about this adventure was the food. The crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy feta, fresh fish, creamy tzatziki…this is what food dreams are made of! Ever since I’ve come back, I have been in search of good, authentic Greek food and haven’t ever attempted it myself (minus a sorry effort at making tzatziki).
Last week, I had the good fortune of attending Fun with Fish, a culinary event focusing on seafood tips and tricks hosted by Heinens. Below are some of the tips I gleaned from Carla Snyder, a local culinary author and chef extraordinaire at Fun with Fish! (Seriously, her husband is one lucky guy.)
3 Fun with Fish Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: It takes about 7 minutes to thoroughly cook 1 inch of fish.
Tip #2: Get a fish spatula. They are super thin so it makes flipping and handling the fish much easier.
Tip #3: Fish pairs well with citrus flavors. Many automatically think of lemon but really any citrus flavor will compliment seafood.
With these lessons in mind and a persistent hankering for Greek food, I put my novice seafood skills to the test and cooked up the below Greek-inspired dish. Beforehand I thought about what flavors and ingredients I loved from my Mediterranean travels, as well as scoured through Pinterest recipe ideas. Below is what I came up with:
- Olive oil
- Purple onion
I decided to make oven-baked salmon in a Greek-inspired marinade alongside a traditional Greek salad. When I cook, I prefer not to follow any recipes but here is a brief overview of what I did.
- Mix together olive oil, minced garlic, dill, oregano, lemon juice and a bit of lemon zest. Place salmon filet in mixture and marinate for 20-30 minutes in refrigerator.
- In the meantime, chop cucumbers, tomatoes, and purple onion into small bite-size pieces. You can also add peppers, olives, chickpeas or really any other vegetable that you like. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. I also added more fresh dill. Refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake salmon (skin side down) for 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness.
- Serve salmon alongside salad and garnish with tzatziki and Greek olives.
This seafood experiment received an A+ from my tastebuds! I would definitely cook this in the future for my family and friends, perhaps even venturing into the world of homemade tzatiki yet again. Baby steps.
A special thank you to Heinens for hosting this lovely culinary event and an extra shout out to Carla for inspiring me to get outside my cooking comfort zone!
Below is my favorite dish that Carla prepared for us. I can’t wait to attempt this recipe in the near future.
Sautéed Sole with Curried Browned Butter, Cauliflower and Toasted Almonds