Pan Seared Salmon with Basil Cream Cheese

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I was recently on PopTalk as a guest judge, and one of the restaurants we went to was Dulcelin, over at the second floor of UP Town Center.

One of the main dishes they served us was a Baked Salmon with some sort of creamy sauce on top. It was so good!

This is the one from Dulcelin, looks amazing doesn’t it?

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So a few days later I wanted to surprise Arianna with a yummy dinner so I got some salmon steaks and tried to make my own version of it. Thankfully, it turned out good! But the one at Dulcelin was way better! If you guys ever find yourselves in that area, it’s a nice place to have a meal with your family and friends and their mango tort is superb!

Here’s the recipe for how I made my salmon.

Ingredients:
2 salmon steaks (fillets would be better)
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse the salmon (be careful of the bones, they’re quite sharp and can hurt). When picking salmon, the pinker it is, the fresher it is, which means it will taste better.

Then in a small container add the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, cover with cling wrap and put it in the fridge for 30minutes. Fish absorbs flavor quickly, no need to marinate it for long. Make sure to flip the fish at the halfway mark.

To make the Basil cream cheese:
2 tablespoons basil (finely chopped)
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon milk
1 small cream cheese block
Pepper to taste

Put softened cream cheese in a bowl, add the milk, and mix until it reaches a whipped consistency. Add the garlic, pepper and basil.

Mix until incorporated and then taste it, then add more garlic or basil depending on how you want it to taste.

Has it been 15 minutes yet? If yes, flip your fish. 🙂

Once you’re happy with the cream cheese, put it in a container, cover and put it in the fridge.

After this, your 30 minutes should be nearly done and you can bring out your fish so that it starts making it’s way to room temperature.

Once the fish is at room temperature, lightly coat your frying pan with olive oil, set your flame to low, and when the pan is hot, put your salmon in, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, serve with the basil cream cheese and rice or mashed potatoes.

I’ve discovered that I love cooking for people I care about, it’s one way that I express my love. Until my next entry! 🙂