Chia-crusted Salmon with Asian Greens & Tamari Dressing

Chia seeds are a great alternative to bread crumb crusts for those on a gluten-free diet. Chia seeds, the highest plant source of omega fatty acids, and salmon ensure this meal is packed with essential fatty acids. Asian greens are rich in vitamins A, C and K, and are a good source of potassium and calcium.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 4

Gluten – Free

3 tablespoons white chia seeds
3 tablespoons black chia seeds
4 x 6 oz skinless salmon fillets
2 bunches choy sum (1 lb 9–12 oz), washed and trimmed
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
11/4 inch piece ginger, peeled and julienned
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Noodles (see tip) or steamed brown rice, to serve
Tamari dressing
3 tablespoons oyster sauce (see tip)
3 tablespoons tamari (see tip)
11/2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
1 teaspoon sugar

1 Combine the white and black chia seeds on a plate. Press each salmon fillet in the chia seeds to evenly coat one side, then set aside.

2 Remove the stems from the choy sum, cut in half if long and reserve. To make the tamari dressing, put all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar.

3 Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook the salmon, chia side down, for 2–3 minutes or until golden. Turn and cook for a further 2 minutes (for medium) or until cooked to your liking. Set aside and keep warm.

4 Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the choy sum stems and stir-fry for 1–2 minutes, then add the choy sum leaves and stir-fry for 1 minute more or until almost wilted. Add half the dressing and toss to combine.

5 To serve, divide the choy sum among serving plates, top each with a piece of salmon and drizzle over a little of the remaining dressing. Serve with noodles or steamed rice.
Tip If you want this dish to be gluten free, make sure you use gluten-free noodles, oyster sauce and tamari.


Copyright © 2013 by Murdoch Books Pty Limited. Recipe and text by Chrissy Freer. Photography by Julie Renouf. All rights reserved.

Supergrains: Cook Your Way to Great Health by Chrissy Freer

Published: Jan 08, 2013 by Appetite by Random House

ISBN: 9780449015711
Price: $24.95

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Jessica Scott is chocolate lover and cupcake aficionado. As a new mom to one she’s working hard on squeezing reading time, cooking time and quality family time. As Assistant Manager of Online Marketing she loves find great time saving tips and tricks to share with readers and would-be-chefs online. Packing lunches is her kryptonite so she’s always looking for inspired ways to brown bag and stay healthy. Follow her on Twitter @JessReads or @RandomHouseCA


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