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Monday, April 20, 2009

Pan Fried Salmon with Thyme


Using fresh herbs as an ingredient has became my favourite for cooking nowadays. Knowing that fresh herbs contain so much of goodness for our health. Thus, able to enhance our cooking, bringing fragrant smell and delicious taste of the dishes. Many people have started to promote fresh herbs as an ingredients especially in Western cooking such as baked fish, meat, seafood, stew, soup or even pizza.

There is so much more info on Cooking with Fresh Herbs on this website, such as how and when to purchase herbs, how to wash herbs, how to store herbs & etc...
Guide on combination of herbs in cooking can be found too. It is indeed an added knowledge to those who loves herbs in their cooking.

Herb/Food Combinations
Here are some ideas to help you start combining fresh herbs with your foods.

BASIL - a natural snipped in with tomatoes; terrific in fresh pesto; other possibilities include pasta sauce, peas, zucchini

CHIVES - dips, potatoes, tomatoes

CILANTRO - Mexican, Asian and Caribbean cooking; salsas, tomatoes

DILL - carrots, cottage cheese, fish, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes

MINT - carrots, fruit salads, parsley, peas, tabouli, tea

OREGANO - peppers, tomatoes

PARSLEY - The curly leaf is the most common, but the flat-leaf or Italian parsley is more strongly flavored and often preferred for cooking. Naturals for parsley include potato salad, tabouli

ROSEMARY - chicken, fish, lamb, pork, roasted potatoes, soups, stews, tomatoes

SAGE - poultry seasoning, stuffings

TARRAGON - chicken, eggs, fish

THYME - eggs, lima beans, potatoes, poultry, summer squash, tomatoes

WINTER SAVORY - dried bean dishes, stews

Sources from this website.

I have fallen in love with Basil leaves in my previous few posts. Now, I begin to explore fresh "Thyme" in my cooking. The result is superb and simply fantastic. I wouldn't mind to experience more of those recipes with fresh herbs.

Some of the description on Thyme:
A delicate looking herb with a penetrating fragrance, thyme is a wonderful addition to bean, egg and vegetable dishes. Both fresh and dried thyme is available in your local supermarket throughout the year.


Thyme leaves are curled, elliptically shaped and very small, measuring about one-eighth of an inch long and one-sixteenth of an inch wide. The upper leaf is green-grey in color on top, while the underside is a whitish color. Along with fresh sprigs of parsley and bay leaves, thyme is included in the French combination of herbs called bouquet garni used to season stock, stews and soups.

Goodness of Thyme:

•Significant Anti-Oxidant Protection of Cellular Membranes
•Time's Up for Microbes with Thyme
•A Nutrient-Dense Spice

More info on benefits of Thyme on whfoods such as:

- How to Select and Store
- How to Enjoy
- Tips for Preparing Thyme
- Nutritional Profile

Sourced from this website.

After reading so much of information on the goodness of herbs and Thyme specifically. I have this recipe using fresh Thyme & basil in pan-frying Salmon with sauce. By combining Salmon, a high Omega 3 fish with so much of nutrients and fresh herbs which is a good source of fibre, anti-oxidant, vitamins & mineral, make a good cosy dish for dinner. If you do love fresh herbs in your daily consumption, you might need to try this out! It is simply good and fragrant!


2 slices Salmon fish
1/2 Onion, cut into strips
Extra Thyme for garnishing
Olive oil

3 tbsp Oyster sauce
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Pepper
50ml water

1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground black pepper
2 tbsp Fresh Thyme, chopped
Dash of Dried Basil leaves

Marinate Salmon with Marinade ingredients in a zipper bag for 2 hours in the fridge.
Heat olive oil, pan fry salmon for 1-2 mins each side, not to over-cooked the fish. Set aside.
Heat olive oil, saute onion till fragrant or translucent.
Add in seasonings, mix well and simmer for 2 mins.
Dish up, transfer to a plate. Arrange Salmon on top of the sauce.
Dash extra ground black pepper if you prefer a strong pepper taste.
Garnish with thyme and serve.

Weekend Herb Blogging is a great way of gathering and introducing readers on herbs recipes & goodness.
I am submitting this recipe to Weekend Herb Blogging #180, which is housed by Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once and hosted this week by Rachel from The Chrispy Cook

20 Comentários:

Pearl said...

herbs + fresh fish always makes for a delicious, simple meal :)

CY said...

Oh my, I am not a fan of salmon but even your photo made me forget that! I wished my herb garden would thrive a little better (maybe more care is needed? :P )

Selba said...

Your pictures like always are so amazing beautiful!

Oh.. btw, if you are interested to see my mom's roof garden where she planted her basil plant, you can check it out here:

Ok.. ok.. bad me, still haven't blog about the indonesian basil because the mouse and birds are eating it :D

Rachel said...

This looks luscious. Thanks for submitting this entry to Weekend Herb Blogging.

Food For Tots said...

Great post! So many info abt herbs esp Thyme!

Cynthia said...

Those are some awesome pics! I always use thyme when I cook fish. Actually, of all the herbs, thyme is the most used herb in my kitchen.

mycookinghut said...

yum.. good of of thyme!! I love salmon and nmost of the time, the simplest recipe is the best!

Salt N Turmeric said...

I just made salmon last night. 1st time since i moved to the US, can you believe it? Should have used thyme like you did. lol.

Big Boys Oven said...

this is so awesome, so gorgeous piece of salmon! yummy!

quizzine said...

I love the smell of herbs as well! Your pixs look like they are from a cookbook ;-)

Little Inbox said...

This is really a healthy dish!

Bits of Taste said...

Pearl : Oh yes! Tks!

CY : Hope you will change your mind and give it a try!

Selba : Thank you so much dear! Your Mum's herbs garden is awesome!

Rachel : Thanks Rachel, my pleasure!

FFT : Thanks friend!

Cynthia : Thanks! You too like Thyme? Great!

mycookinghut : Thanks dear!

SaltNTurmeric : Haha... may be something else is more tempting than Salmon in US... *wink*

Bigboysoven : Thanks!

quizzine : Thank you quizzine...

little inbox : Thanks!

noobcook said...

beautiful close up. I love the aroma of thyme!

Rachel said...

The roundup for WHB #180 is now up. Please stop by to check out the other tasty entries.

Bits of Taste said...

Thanks Wiffy (noobcook)!

Thanks Rachel for the post!

CK Lam said...

A very informative post...I get to know so much...thanks for sharing.
The salmon looks good.

Bits of Taste said...

Thanks CKLam, I am so glad to share all I can to all the foodies around!

Dazy said...

I'm planning to make this tomorrow. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

koli said...

oh this recipe is perfect.... it taste absolutely awesome on my first try... i would like to thank the person which came up with this recipe

Bits of Taste said...

Thank you so much Dazy & Koli, I am glad you two like it!

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