Moroccan Salmon with Cabbage and Couscous
Recipe adapted from Cooking with Patrick Clark by Charlie Trotter
The kitchen will heat up when a simple salmon dish goes Moroccan in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce!
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • 1 1/4 cups honey
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic chile paste *
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 small head savoy cabbage , finely shredded
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds , crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 medium carrots , cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 small zucchini , cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 large onion , cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 cups water or chicken stock
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 8 (6- to 8-ounce) salmon fillets , skin removed
  • 8 sprigs cilantro
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until reduced by 2/3 and sauce has a syrupy consistency. Pour through a fine strainer set over a bowl. Set aside. (Makes about 2 cups and may be refrigerated up to 1 week.)

In a large saucepan filled with boiling salted water, blanch cabbage 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and shock under cold water to stop cooking; dry on paper towels. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add cabbage and fennel seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook carrots, zucchini and onion, stirring, 2 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in couscous, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes, or until liquid is completely absorbed. With a fork, fluff couscous. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 450°. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast 12 minutes. Remove from oven and coat each piece with barbecue sauce. Return to oven 3 minutes.

Spoon couscous onto individual plates. Arrange cabbage on couscous and top with a piece of salmon. Place a cilantro sprig on each salmon and drizzle with sauce.

Recommended ingredient: Garlic chile paste is available at most grocery stores and Asian markets
Nutritional Information
696.3 calories, 14.4 grams fat, 5.6 grams saturated fat, 108 mg of cholesterol, 2011 mg sodium, 100.5 grams carbohydrate, 8.8 grams fiber, 45.3 grams protein


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