When looking for recipes for huckleberries, I ran across this wonderful recipe for Huckleberry Salmon.
Instead on making the usual cookies, cakes and muffins, this savory recipe includes the great tastes of huckleberries for a fancy dinner dish: Huckleberry Salmon.
Originally posted by Sylvia Fountaine in the Spokesman Review ….
- 1/2 cup apple wood chips (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh huckleberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds (optional)
- 1 large shallot, finely minced
- 1 1/2 pound fillet of wild salmon, skin on
- Olive oil, for brushing
- Salt and pepper
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, more for garnish
- 1 cup greens, such as arugula, baby kale and watercress
- Preheat grill to medium high. Make a little bowl out of 2 to 3 layers of aluminum foil the size of half a grapefruit. Place dry apple wood chips inside the foil bowl, place the bowl directly on the heating grill, and close the grill lid.
- Place huckleberries in a medium bowl. Heat sugar, vinegar, a generous three- finger pinch of salt and coriander seeds in a small sauce pan and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add minced shallots and simmer two minutes. Pour over huckleberries, stir gently and set aside.
- Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place skin side down on the grill. Sprinkle with zest of one lemon, and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves.
- Once apple wood chips begin smoking, turn heat down to low, grill salmon, skin side down, directly on the grill, on lowest heat, closing lid. Check after 5 minutes. Shift salmon to create crosshatch marks on the skin, and close lid again for just a few minutes. Salmon at this point will cook quickly, especially if it’s a thinner piece. Once salmon is cooked to medium rare or medium, turn heat off.
- Place salmon on a platter over greens. Squeeze with juice of half a lemon. Generously spoon pickled huckleberries and pickling liquid over the salmon and greens, and scatter with thyme sprigs. Serve immediately.
- Yield: 4 servings
Check out the Spokesman article, Seasonal Kitchen: Huckleberries great for sweet, savory dishes, for some background on huckleberries and recipes for the following:
- Huckleberry Almond Flour Pancakes
- Huckleberry Mojito