Do you like to cook or eat out on vacation? It can be fun to go out, let someone else do all the work so that you can truly relax. Having such hectic schedules at home, I am all about relaxing on vacation. However, I am also finding that I enjoy cooking, even on vacation. There is something about being in the kitchen that seems to calm me. There are no lines to stand in, the kids are happy playing and hanging out with their cousins. It helps being on vacation with family that also like to cook, enjoy and appreciate eating really good meals. After spending the day on the beach, it was nice to enjoy a glass of wine while prepping our dinners. I have to admit, we made some awesome meals too! We accomplished a Clam Bake; I was in heaven eating that meal. We also enjoyed some traditional Italian Cuisine with a homemade Bolognese Sauce over Linguine. Being an Italian girl, I will never turn down a good home cooked pasta dinner.
My sister suggested that we pick out some fish for one of our dinners. Because we were at the beach, there is an abundance of fresh seafood and fish to choose from. My sister and I headed to the market while everyone was still sleeping. Being the foodie that I am, she wanted to take me to this cute little market in town. She just knew I would love it. They packed in so many options into a small market. You could order breakfast & coffee to go or you could opt to sit outside and enjoy your meal. They had a fish monger for all your seafood and fish needs. They even served a homemade coffee cake that was to die for. I think one piece of coffee cake was bigger than my head! Ok, maybe not quite that big, but it sure seemed that way. We just had to bring some coffee cake back to the house for everyone. They also had many prepared dishes, marinades, salsas and so much more. We ordered coffee & breakfast then picked up some fresh, beautiful Salmon & the Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce. To make our jobs in the kitchen even easier, we had the fish monger cut our Salmon into 6 portions. If you are unsure how much fish to buy, just tell the fish monger how many people you need to serve (adults/children) and they can tell you exactly how much to buy.
Our Salmon turned out beautifully. It was tender and had a nice crust on it. We served our fish over a Basmati Rice that we infused with tons of flavor, a side of Broccoli and then garnished our plates with the Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce. Warning! This sauce was so incredibly good. It was creamy with a touch of heat and paired so well with the rice and fish. We loved the sauce so much we ended up bringing the jar to the table to add more to our plates!
If you are looking for a simple, healthy and flavorful meal you must give this one a try! Even the kids loved it!!
Salmon w/Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce
Makes approx. 6 Servings
6 (6-8 oz.) Salmon Filets
1 Cup, Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup, Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons, Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Teaspoon, Garlic Salt
3 1/2 Tablespoons, Dijon Mustard
Garnish, Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce *store-bought
2 Cups, Dry Basmati Rice
3 Tablespoons, Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Teaspoons, Garlic Salt
4 Heads, Broccoli
Drizzle, Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon, Parmesan Cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the salmon onto the baking sheet (skin side down). Using the back of a spoon, rub the Dijon mustard on top of each Salmon and set tray aside.
Make rice according to package. Once the rice is done, stir in parsley, garlic salt and S&P. Season to taste.
Make Broccoli: Using a steamer place water at the bottom of the pot and the broccoli into steamer basket. Steam just until fork tender. Remove the broccoli from the pot and transfer to a serving bowl. Season the broccoli with S&P, drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of the parmesan cheese and garlic salt. If the fish isn’t done cooking yet, you can keep the broccoli in the hot pot to keep it warm.
In a bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Salt, Parsley, S&P. Sprinkle the mixture on top of each Salmon and gently pat down so it adheres to fish. Drizzle Olive Oil over top of the fish.
Bake in the oven for approx. 12-15 minutes, until fish is cooked through.
To Plate: place a bed of rice on each plate, top with a piece of salmon and add some broccoli on the side. Then place a small dot of the Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce around each plate. This sauce was so tasty we ended up eating more! It went so well with the fish and rice.
Wasabi Horseradish Cream Sauce: The cream sauce was store-bought. We found a jar of it at the fish market. You can most likely find it in most supermarkets or stores that sell gourmet foods. It was with all the jarred sauces and marinades. The jar pictured above was the brand that we found. It was so delicious; it is creamy with a tough of heat.