Every time I reminisce about winter holidays, the first thing that came to my mind was the most basic, simple and fresh seafood platter at The Sign Of The Black Faced Sheep restaurant. What made it more indelible was having a girls day out with Teresa, my mum-to-be in two months time! We love the simplicity about the restaurant’s interpretation towards their seafood platter, using the natural sweetness of the freshly caught seafood by preparing them in less refined ways. We were regaled with excellent chilled, and smoked seafood on a bed of garden greens, a mayonnaise dip and a homemade bun to go with. Dishes that were artfully crafted this way leaves a deep impression anytime!
Today I am going to share with you this “Super Basic Seafood Platter with Eggless Mayonnaise”. The King Salmon from Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand was delivered by the lovely folks from The Meat Club actually got me excited to recreate this platter I missed . fondly. This rustic meal comprises some of the biggest names of the “High-Fat Foods” family that may ring a bell with you! They are salmon, coconut oil, pine nuts and cashew nuts. With this harmony of good fats, they are incredibly nutritious for your hair, skin and nails.
To begin, I sprinkled a wee bit of Himalayan pink sea salt on this orange, richly marbled wood roasted salmon and pan seared it with coconut oil over medium heat. Achieving a golden, crispy texture on the outside with an orange-pink undertone requires attention and patience- you need to keep a eye on the salmon and cook the corners evenly.
Don’t waste any drop of the fragrant, orange oil. Once you’ve plated the salmon, pour the remaining oil into a dish for bread dipping!
Finally, THE EGGLESS MAYONNAISE! Using cashew nuts to replace eggs in this veggieboy-approved dressing recipe, both enriches it with extra fat and and a desired smooth consistency. Even the most straight forward, thrown-together dressing makes this seafood platter feel a lot more manageable to prepare for healthy quick meals.
There you go, a belly-filling, super basic seafood platter that pairs really well with a glass of sparkling lime water!
To test doneness of the salmon (even if they are golden on the exterior) use a toothpick and slide in gently. Touch it with your lips or your finger tips. If its warm, the salmon is almost done. If it’s still cool, give it another 4 minutes. You can also check the colour at both ends of the salmon for the doneness.
SUPER BASIC SEAFOOD PLATTER WITH EGGLESS MAYONNAISE (serves 1)
GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 17 minutes
200g King Salmon, Natural, Wood Smoked (The Meat Club)
5 fresh grey prawns, deshell & devein
50g salad greens
2 tbsp organic raw virgin coconut oil (Ceres Organics), also available in Cold Storage supermarket
2 slices multiseed gluten-free bread (Swissbake) also available in Cold Storage supermarket
1 tsp pine nuts (NuVitality)
4 Spanish pitted queen green olives
Pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
Pinch of cracked black pepper
½ lemon, sliced
50g cashew kernels (Ceres Organics)
3 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp organic Dijon mustard
Pinch of cracked black pepper
Boil 3 cups water in a saucepan over medium high heat, gently lay prawns in and cook for 1 minute 30 seconds, till they turn bright red. Transfer to a bowl with a handful of ice cubes to chill.
Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium high heat. Season salmon with a pinch of sea salt on both sides.
Add coconut oil on the pan, gently lay salmon skin side down. Cook for 3 minutes, until skin is crispy. Flip over to other side, turn down to medium heat, cook it for 8-10 minutes until fish is opaque all the way up.
Transfer salmon to a plate and let it cool slightly. Pour remaining coconut oil into a small dish for bread dipping.
Add all dressing ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth and creamy. For a thinner consistency, add 1 tbsp each time and blend again till desired.
Pour water away from the bowl of chilled prawns, season them with a pinch of black pepper.
Assemble salad greens, pan-seared salmon, chilled prawns, bread slices, dipping oil, lemon slices and olives, on a plate. Drizzle dressing over salmon and sprinkle pine nuts over. Squeeze lemon over chilled prawns and enjoy!
With loads of love Xx