Salmon in the Oven for Gourmets

Salmon in the Oven Cauliflower
Salmon in the Oven Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

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Today I present you my salmon in the oven recipe.

This dish captivates with new ideas for a dish with little effort and Star Kitchen quality.

I am an advocate of using all the ingredients in the kitchen holistically wherever possible.

That’s why I think it’s a shame that some plant parts, like the cauliflower leaves, are often simply discarded.

Because in truth they are a culinary and visual enrichment on the plate.

All in all, I use the entire cauliflower in this recipe.

Even the sweet cabbage stalk is used. That’s great! To avoid wheat products, I top the finely cooked cauliflower with an almond topping.

You can follow my recipe suggestion 1:1 as part of a low carb diet.

Carbohydrate side dishes can also accompany your personal dish. I personally think buttered potatoes or mashed potatoes are ideal.

In the happy end, our plate will be overflowing, rich in vitamins and an incredible treat for the palate!

We will now start with the preparation, which I will take you through step by step.

If you have any questions about this dish, please use the comment function at the bottom of the page. I look forward to reading from you. Have fun and enjoy!

1. Salmon in the Oven Recipe

Salmon in the Oven for Gourmets

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 734
Total Time 45 Min.

Gourmet recipe for salmon wrapped in cauliflower leaves with cauliflower vegetables and almond butter.

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Salmon in the Oven Cauliflower
Salmon in the Oven Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Preparation Time

15 Min.

Cook Time

25 Min.

Ingredients

Salmon in the oven

2 pc salmon fillets
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Pepper (I like to use black pepper!)
5-6 pc cauliflower leaves
2 tbs melted butter

Cauliflower vegetables, once cooked plus once fried

1 pc cauliflower (whole, with leaves for the salmon)
1 tsp Salt (for the cooked cauliflower)
1 tsp Salt (for the cauliflower roasted in the pan)
2 pinches Pepper
3 tbs butter

Topping

125 g ground almonds
100 g butter
1 tsp Salt

Instruction

Prepare salmon fillet in cauliflower leaves

Remove the cauliflower from the leaves
Cut the cauliflower head out of the leaves with a knife.

Prepare cauliflower

Separate the cauliflower from the leaf. We’ll deal with the florets later.

Cauliflower leaves
Cauliflower leaves

Prepare cauliflower leaves

Preheat the oven to 100° C hot air.

Bring a pot with 3 l water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil.

Wash and dry the cabbage leaves.

Remove the cauliflower leaves stalk
Remove the cauliflower leaves stalk

Cut out the cauliflower leaves

Using a sharp knife, remove the stalk of the cauliflower leaves through a long V-cut.

Blanched cauliflower leaves
Blanched cauliflower leaves

Blanch the cauliflower leaves

Blanch the cauliflower leaves in boiling water for about 2 minutes.

Then quickly remove from the water and rinse in ice-cold water.

Drain in a sieve.

Cauliflower leaves on the kitchen towel
Cauliflower leaves on the kitchen towel

Prepare the cabbage leaf mat

Place the drained cabbage leaves next to each other on a clean kitchen towel.

The laid out area should be sufficient for 2 fish fillets.

Rolling the cauliflower leaves mat
Rolling the cauliflower leaves mat

Roll cabbage leaf mat flat

Cover with the kitchen towel skillfully or use another clean kitchen towel so that the leaves are covered.

Roll flat with a rolling pin.

Cauliflower leaves mat for the fish coat
Prepared Cauliflower leaves mat for the fish coat

Provide cabbage leaf mat

Remove the upper covering of the cabbage leaves.

Salmon fillet on cauliflower leaves
Salmon fillet on cauliflower leaves at wrap up

Put on the salmon fillet

Now place the raw salmon fillet on the leaf surface to match.

Add a little salt and pepper.

Wrap salmon in cauliflower leaf
Wrap the salmon fillet in a cauliflower leaf coating.

Wrap salmon fillet

Roll up the fish with the cabbage leaves and coat it sufficiently.

Salmon fillet wrapped in cauliflower leaves
Salmon fillet wrapped in cauliflower leaves

Butter the salmon fillet

Place the coated fish fillets ready.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter so that the butter melts.

Brush salmon into cauliflower leaf with butter
Brush salmon into cauliflower leaf with butter

Prepare salmon fillet

Use a flat oven mould.

Place the fish in the oven dish and brush with melted butter.

Refrigerate until the side dishes are ready.

Cook the coated salmon fillets according to point 16 of these instructions for 8-12 minutes in the preheated oven on medium heat.

Prepare cauliflower (cooked and fried)

Clean the cauliflower
Next, cut out the stem in a circle so that the florets can be easily separated from the stem.

Clean cauliflower

Clean the white cauliflower.

Cut the cauliflower into florets
Divide the florets into smaller or larger sizes depending on how you want to prepare them.

Prepare the cauliflower florets

Cut the cauliflower into suitable florets.

This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff:

1. put the most beautiful florets of similar size aside for cooking.

2. roughly cut the remaining parts and stalks with a knife for the frying pan.

Cut the stem of the florets in a cross shape
Cut the stems of the cauliflower florets in a cross shape. This will cook the vegetable florets evenly.

Cut in the cauliflower stalks

Cut the beautiful well-formed florets for the pot crosswise on the stem with a knife.

Boiled cauliflower
Boiled cauliflower

Blanch cauliflower

Now place the cauliflower florets in the boiling water and cook until they are slightly soft and still firm to the bite – about 6-8 minutes.

Roasted cauliflower scraps in the pan
Fry cauliflower, fry the chopped florets directly in hot oil.

Roast cauliflower

The cauliflower cutlets of the 2nd batch are roasted in parallel in the pan with 3 tablespoons of butter, pepper and salt.

Topping

Topping for cooked cauliflower
Almond flour and butter are a great topping for the cauliflower and at the same time a gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs.

Supplement nuts

Roast 125 g ground almonds, 100 g butter and 1 tsp salt in a frying pan.

Dressing

Slice the salmon diagonally
Slice the salmon diagonally

Cutting fish

Take the ready cooked fish fillets out of the oven.

Sliced salmon fillet
Sliced salmon fillet

Finishing fish

Cut the salmon pieces diagonally.

Salmon with cauliflower final
Salmon with cauliflower

Arrange and serve

Place the roasted cauliflower from the pan on the plate. Place the fish fillets on top.

Cover the cooked cauliflower with the roasted butter and almond topping.

My tip: Garnish with pink pepper berries (Schinus fruits). Bon appetit!

Steam or boil cauliflower?

I personally cook cabbage in boiling salted water, which makes the vegetables more digestible.

Steam cooking is possible in principle, if you have a sensitive intestine please cook or blanch!

2. Nutritional Values

3. Prepare Salmon Fillet in the Oven

You can buy salmon fillet in different states.

I myself do not take frozen goods. Fresh I can see the quality of the fish better. Therefore, for me, only fresh is perfect!

You can buy the salmon fillet with skin or without skin.

For the dish presented here, you need a little more time. 

If you want it to be quicker, for example for dinner, check out the Salmon in the Oven tutorial

There I show you the nimble and delicious version.

Cauliflower leaves are not only popular with rabbits. I have also discovered the great green cauliflower leaves as an enrichment on my menu and I am happy to share my joy about it with you.

Without stalk and blanched I can use the leaves wonderfully in the kitchen. Here I present you a variation as a coat for the fish. 

Other ways of preparing cauliflower leaves: Blanched and tossed in butter in a pan, in casseroles like vegetable lasagne, as green puree, as cauliflower leaf salad…

Whole salmon fillet
Fresh salmon fillet photographed from above. The pink salmon fillet is easy to see.

4. Why Does this Fish Dish not Need a Sauce?

The fish fillet is gently prepared in a cauliflower coating and cooked exactly to the point.

To complement the cauliflower vegetables, I prepared almond butter.

You can keep the almonds in the butter a little more liquid and thus replace the sauce.

I love almonds. That’s true! I like them sweet or savoury.

For gluten-free cooking and also a low carb diet, almonds are ideal. Vegans also appreciate almond paste as a cheese substitute for topping.

Well, that’s why my topping for the cooked cauliflower is: ground almonds toasted with butter in a pan.

Topping for cooked cauliflower
Almond flour and butter are a great topping for the cauliflower and at the same time a gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs.

5. Suitable and Further Ideas for your Kitchen

More fish in the oven recipes:

Guilthead in Oven
Trout in Oven
Fish in Oven
Trout in Alufoil

Cauliflower cooking school: How to Cook Cauliflower

Other Recipes with Salmon:

 

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