Prepare the relish first. Toss together all ingredients and salt to taste. Let marinate for one hour at room temperature.
Heat two large heavy skillets over medium high heat. Get a sturdy spatula ready. Add oil or clarified butter. Season Fish with salt and pepper. Place fish skin side up in a pan and cook very briefly. Flip and place skin side down. Press the fish firmly down with the spatula to keep the skin from curling. Cook until skin is golden and crisp and fish is cook through. Serve immediately. Top each portion with the citrus and pepper relish.
My notes from class, we chard the peppers over a flame on the gas stove to roast them and peeled the burnt skins off into a kitchen towel. He mentioned canned roasted peppers as a back up if grilling and charing the peppers at home is not an option. Also, be sure to section and remove any pith from the orange slices. That portion can be bitter and it is worth the effort it takes while sectioning the oranges.
3 tbl chopped, mixed herbs (parsley, chives, dill, tarragon, basil, or a selection of your favorites)
Stir together butter, lemon zest and herbs. Bring 2 gallons of water to boil, add 4 tbl salt.
Add lobsters and cook for 11-13 minutes. Remove lobsters to a platter and serve accompanied with personal dishes of soft lemon-herb butter. Crck the claws and tail before serving, but leave in the shell.
Class notes: Try to pick female lobsters as they are sweeter. They have much smaller, daintier legs than male lobsters. Do not over cook.
Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Spinach and Horseradish Crust
4 filets of Salmon, skinned and bones removed
Spinach and Horseradish Crust:
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbl butter
1 shallot, minced
1 tbl prepared horseradish
1/4 cup cream
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with oil. Season salmon filets with salt and pepper. Place in baking dish.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add butter and once it foams, add shallots and garlic. Cook until fragrant. Add Spinach and stir to wilt. Add cream and horseradish. Cook to glaze spinach. Remove from heat. Season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire to taste.
Top each salmon filet with the spinach. Place in oven and bake until fish is cooked and flakes easily with a fork or temperature of 135 degrees. Plate each portion and serve with a lemon wedge.
A recipe from the kitchens of Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Courtesy of Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson
I had the pleasure of learning to cook seafood with Chef Gunnar Thompson at a wellness cooking class this spring at Primland. He was kind enough to share his recipe with me knowing I would share.
Shrimp and Grits with Low Country sauce and Stoneground Grits
Low Country Sauce:
1/4 cup mixed bell peppers, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
3 tbl ham, diced
1 cloved garlic, minced
3 tbl butter
2tbl tomato paste
3/4 tbl Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup cream
1 cup Course stoneground grits
2 cups water
2 cups of milk
2 tbl butter
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
36 large to medium shrimp, peeled, and devained
2 tbl canola oil
Bring water and milk to a boil in a heavy pot to start the grits. Add grits and stir, reduce heat to very low immediately. Cook, stirring often, until grits are soft and all liquid has been absorbed. Add butter, cheese and season with salt. Set in a warm place. Prepare the low country sauce as the grits are cooking.
Heat a sauce pan over medium heat. Add butter, ham and vegetables. Cook until softened about five minutes. Add tomato paste and Cajun seasoning, cook for one minute. Add shrimp stock and cream. Simmer for five minutes. Season with salt.
Heat a very large skillet over medium high heat. Add Canola oil. Season shrimp with salt. Place shrimp in pan. Cook shrimp for one minute and flip over. Add low country sauce and simmer until shrimp is from, pink, and cooked.
Place grits in each bowl and top with six shrimp and spoon sauce over.
My class notes; Buy the best large stoneground grits you can find. It will make all the difference in this recipe. Also buy shrimp with the shells and make your own stock as he directed in our wellness cooking class.