- Written by Cynthia Presser
This recipe is fresh and healthy! The combination of salmon and passion fruit can be very unusual in the US but is very well known in Brazil.
- 4 salmon fillets (1.5 pounds)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 small onion, shredded
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup frozen passion fruit pulp*
- ½ cup table cream or crème fraîche
- ½ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
- ½ cup scallions, chopped
- ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season salmon fillets with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of canola oil, rubbing fillets on both sides. Bake for 15 minutes or until flakes easily with a fork.
Meanwhile, heat the butter and the remaining canola oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and cook on medium-high heat until translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir the brown sugar and the passion fruit pulp, cook for another minute or two. Fold in the crème fraîche and remove from heat.
Mix mint, scallions, and cilantro in a bowl.
Place salmon fillets on individual plates and add 2 or 3 tablespoons of passion fruit sauce. Top with the fresh herbs mix and serve it immediately with a side of mixed grains rice.
*Passion fruit pulp can be found at the frozen section of main grocery stores, or at the frozen section of international or Latin grocery stores. To make it from scratch: add the pulp of 2 passion fruits and ½ cup water to blender and blend for 20 seconds. Strain and add to the sauce.
This recipe is fresh and healthy! The combination of salmon and passion fruit can be very unusual in the US but is very well known in Brazil. The brown sugar broke the acidity of the passion fruit, and the table cream or crème fraîche added a velvety texture to the sauce; the fresh herb mixture added color and flavor to this easy recipe!
In Fort Wayne, passion fruit is available at Georges International. Goya carries a very good frozen passion fruit pulp.
For a convection oven, bake salmon fillets at 375 degrees F for 13 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.