The kitchen will heat up when a simple salmon dish goes Moroccan in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce!
Servings: Makes 8 servings
Ingredients 1 1/4 cups honey1/2 cup rice wine vinegar1/2 cup ketchup1/2 cup chopped cilantro1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice1/4 cup soy sauce1 stick cinnamon2 star anise1 1/2 teaspoon garlic chile paste *1 1/2 teaspoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger1 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds1 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom1/2 teaspoon whole cloves1/2 teaspoon ground mace1 small head savoy cabbage , finely shredded3 tablespoons butter1 tablespoon fennel seeds , crushedSalt and freshly ground pepper2 tablespoons butter3 medium carrots , cut into 1/2-inch dice2 small zucchini , cut into 1/2-inch dice1 large onion , cut into 1/2-inch dice4 cups water or chicken stock2 cups couscous8 (6- to 8-ounce) salmon fillets , skin removed8 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
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