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May 24 2010

Pan Seared Salmon with Spicy Avocado Puree

Published by at 10:34 pm under Cooking at Home,Travels

If you’re wondering why we haven’t posted in the last week–and normally we post at least 2-3 times–it’s because we’ve been busy basking in the sun on the beautiful island of the Bahamas, specifically Paradise Island at Atlantis. Our first time in the Caribbean proved to be quite eventful, adventurous, and delightfully relaxing. We did everything from Atlantis’ water park to scuba diving in the middle of the ocean where we swam alongside an array of fanciful fishes. The only downside about Paradise Island is that, well, the food was expensive and unsatisfying. And coming from foodies like us, we were quite disappointed with our selection of restaurants. Of course, on some occasions, we did pay an arm and a leg to have a nice decent meal.

A fantastic view from our hotel room!

A fantastic view from our hotel room!

Although we are sad to leave the tropical oasis, we are definitely glad to come back to our home and kitchen so we can finally cook again, and more importantly, cook healthy meals! Upon our return from the Bahamas, we received a box of California Avocados from the great people at Foodbuzz and California Avocado Commission (thank you!!), and since they were already ripe when we opened the box, we wanted to use it to make our dinner. Instead of the usual chopped-up chunks of avocado, we decided to puree it to create a creamy sauce for the salmon, which we call our Pan Seared Salmon with Spicy Avocado Puree.

Who can resist such good-looking avocados?? We have plenty to experiment with, so we'll have to see what else we can make!

Who can resist such good-looking avocados?? We have plenty to experiment with, so we'll have to see what else we can make!

These are (4) 8-oz pieces of salmon, or simply 2 lbs of salmon. This feeds 4 or in our case, 2 meals! Season both sides with salt and pepper and pan sear over high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.

These are (4) 8-oz pieces of salmon, or simply 2 lbs of salmon. This feeds 4 or in our case, 2 meals! Season both sides with salt and pepper and pan sear over high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Transfer the salmon to a sheet pan and bake for 5-8 minutes at 350-degrees until salmon is cooked through.

Transfer the salmon to a sheet pan and bake for 5-8 minutes at 350-degrees until salmon is cooked through.

Meanwhile, prep the ingredients for the avocado puree. This will include 3 medium-sized avocados, 1 shallot, half a garlic clove, 1 tbsp parsley, 1 tsp basil, 1/2 serrano pepper, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, and 3 tbsp olive oil.

Meanwhile, prep the ingredients for the avocado puree. This will include 3 medium-sized avocados, 1 shallot, half a garlic clove, 1 tbsp parsley, 1 tsp basil, 1/2 serrano pepper, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, and 3 tbsp olive oil.

Puree all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add a few tbsp of water to thin out the consistency, and to help it blend easily. Lastly, add 1/2 tsp salt and some pepper, to taste. If you prefer the sauce to be spicier, use the whole pepper or add more.

Puree all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add a few tbsp of water to thin out the consistency, and to help it blend easily. Lastly, add 1/2 tsp salt and some pepper, to taste. If you prefer the sauce to be spicier, use the whole pepper or add more.

To plate, swirl some avocado puree on the bottom and place the seared salmon on top. If you want to make it look fancy, add the avocado fan, some cherry tomatoes, and chives. Of course, if you're not trying to impress anyone, just dig in and enjoy the salmon with the avocado sauce. It's healthy and full of good nutrients for you! Ahh, yes, it's nice to be home :)

To plate, swirl some avocado puree on the bottom and place the seared salmon on top. If you want to make it look fancy, add the avocado fan, some cherry tomatoes, and chives. Of course, if you're not trying to impress anyone, just dig in and enjoy the salmon with the avocado sauce. It's healthy and full of good nutrients for you! Ahh, yes, it's nice to be home :)

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Pan Seared Salmon with Spicy Avocado Puree

51 responses so far

51 Responses to “Pan Seared Salmon with Spicy Avocado Puree”

  1. roxanon 24 May 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Yum! I was planning on making salmon for dinner tomorrow and this looks delicious. Any ideas on what veggies would be good on the side?
    .-= roxan´s last blog ..Chocolate Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting =-.

  2. thefoodaddictson 24 May 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Roxan! We actually liked eating the cherry tomatoes with the salmon because it was refreshing and gives a nice sweet and tangy balance to the meal. You can include the tomatoes in a salad for more crisp and crunch. If you don’t have this, then steamed carrots (maybe even honey-glazed) would be nice to offset the heat of the avocado puree. Hope you like it!

  3. MaryMohon 24 May 2010 at 11:02 pm

    That’s such a lovely dish…beautifully presented. I love salmon and cook it very often but have never tried with a creamy dish. Would love to try this some time. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Fish Fritters With Cucumber =-.

  4. anncooon 25 May 2010 at 1:19 am

    WOW! This looks fabulous and delicious. I love salmon too and I must bookmark this and cook for my family.
    .-= anncoo´s last blog ..Banana Butter Pie =-.

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  6. tigerfishon 25 May 2010 at 2:18 am

    You have a perfect blue view from your hotel. :D Yep, I find that I tend to eat unhealthily when traveling but there is really not much healthy varieties of food unless it is home-cooking. Your salmon + avocado spell lots and lots of omega (good fatty acids) to me.
    .-= tigerfish´s last blog ..Fresh Matrimony Vine Leaves Soup, Kou Kee Chye Soup =-.

  7. connieon 25 May 2010 at 3:55 am

    Two of my favorite things together!
    Can hardly wait to try, I have
    eaten avocado and salmon before
    but it wasn’t spicy. The one I had just
    used cilantro and Dijon mustard.
    Cool!

  8. penny aka jeroxieon 25 May 2010 at 4:53 am

    Awesome dish. Love the colours :)
    .-= penny aka jeroxie´s last blog ..African Day 2010 – Bobotie =-.

  9. Belinda @zomppaon 25 May 2010 at 5:04 am

    What a great combination!!
    .-= Belinda @zomppa´s last blog ..Photo of the Day: We Need Your Vote!! =-.

  10. Dawn@CocinaSavanton 25 May 2010 at 5:41 am

    yummy! this looks tasty, satisfying, and refreshing. everything a meal should be with the warmer weather. glad you had some fun experiences on your trip! not so glad the food was overpriced mediocrity, but so it goes.
    .-= Dawn@CocinaSavant´s last blog ..A French-Italian-American Remix =-.

  11. Trixon 25 May 2010 at 6:26 am

    You have put some of my favorite things together on one plate, yum!

  12. Altaon 25 May 2010 at 6:29 am

    Great use of those avocados! I ended up with a bunch myself! I love this dish – lots of good-for-you fats in there! And so bright and colorful.
    .-= Alta´s last blog ..Kids in the Kitchen: Cajun ‘Gator Tail and Dirty Rice =-.

  13. StephenCon 25 May 2010 at 6:56 am

    Love this recipe, and I’m due to have some fish.

    A story vis-a-vis the Caribbean: I was in Puerto Rico many, many years ago. In a restaurant I saw squid on the menu (I knew the Spanish word for squid but none of the rest of the description). I asked the waiter how it was prepared (he spoke English). Here’s what I heard: “Is inna Inca sauce.” Thinking it was ancient indigenous recipe I ordered it. When the dish arrived it had a black sauce – it was squid in “ink” sauce.
    .-= StephenC´s last blog ..The Garden =-.

  14. Mama Hollion 25 May 2010 at 7:30 am

    So glad you had a wonderful time! We have stayed at The Atlantis as well and I agree the food was not very good and WAY OVERPRICED! Nice place to visit but not to enjoy food at!
    This recipe is wonderful! I love avocados and make a sauce/puree very close to this. Instead of basil I use cilantro and add fresh garlic! YUM!!! So glad you shared and I have just decided to link you up today! So I will direct my readers to come over here and pay you a visit my friend! I am also going to link you up on Midchix.com in the “Mama Can Cook” Flock! Have a great day! Happy Cooking!
    .-= Mama Holli´s last blog ..Rose Hip =-.

  15. Mama Hollion 25 May 2010 at 7:33 am

    Forgot to add…for anyone interested in sharing recipes at Midchix.com…..all are welcome! Come join in the fun and get some Link Love while you at it!
    http://www.midchix.com/

    I post recipes up in the Flock “Group” named Mama Can Cook……or one can start their own Flock.
    I am posting up The Food Addicts Today!
    .-= Mama Holli´s last blog ..Rose Hip =-.

  16. 5 Star Foodieon 25 May 2010 at 7:56 am

    I love the idea of pairing salmon with the spicy avocado puree – gorgeous!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Alouette Extra Creamy Brie Review and Giveaway =-.

  17. Anneon 25 May 2010 at 8:25 am

    Mmm, that avocado puree looks delicious! What a great combination!
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Bob’s Dark Horse Burgers =-.

  18. C and C Dishon 25 May 2010 at 8:33 am

    This dish looks so pretty, the colors looks so wonderful together…YUM!
    .-= C and C Dish´s last blog ..Baked Beans–vegetarian =-.

  19. Baking is my Zenon 25 May 2010 at 8:44 am

    Awesome photos! Dish look fantastic!

    Carmen
    .-= Baking is my Zen´s last blog ..Sweet Melissa Sundays: Butterscotch Pralines =-.

  20. Andyon 25 May 2010 at 9:24 am

    The salmon looks awesome. With so many avocados, hopefully we get to see more avocado posts soon!

  21. Bibion 25 May 2010 at 10:24 am

    That looks absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try it.
    .-= Bibi´s last blog ..Easy Marinara Sauce =-.

  22. graceon 25 May 2010 at 10:25 am

    welcome back–color me green with envy. green like a luscious avocado. :) LOVE that puree!
    .-= grace´s last blog ..equal billing =-.

  23. Leahon 25 May 2010 at 11:16 am

    Sorry I didn’t realize you were going to Paradise Island or I would have recommended Dune over at Ocean Club (another Sol Kerzner property). Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten uses local Caribbean ingredients in ways foodies like you two would have loved! We enjoyed every meal we had there (many years ago). By the look of the photo of your finished salmon dish, you could get a job as a sous chef there! Beautiful!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Wine Warehouse Spring Tasting =-.

  24. Sandyon 25 May 2010 at 12:04 pm

    This looks like a fancy dish that is brought out at restaurants! I would definitely “order” this one! :)

  25. Kristaon 25 May 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Welcome home!! Your vacation sounds amazing, but I’m glad you’re back to share such delish things with us. I love salmon and this sauce is fantastic. :-)
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Little Things and Marionberry Crème Fraîche Gelatin =-.

  26. Joyon 25 May 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Great avocado sauce. I liked how you used this with salmon.

  27. Kathy Gorion 25 May 2010 at 5:34 pm

    what a great idea having an avocado sauce. i would eat avocado off of almost anything, and salmon sounds perfect.
    .-= Kathy Gori´s last blog ..You Can Take The Cream Out Of The Cow..You Can Also Take It Out Of The Soup. =-.

  28. bunkycookson 25 May 2010 at 5:36 pm

    My hubby would love this dish! 2 of his favorites combined…I will have to try this recipe.

  29. thefoodaddictson 25 May 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for all your comments and especially to those who shared their experiences in the Caribbean! That was a lot of fun to read. Vacationing is definitely fun, but let’s face it – there’s no place like home!

  30. sweetlifeon 25 May 2010 at 10:13 pm

    welcome back, how relaxing your getaway..and yes I agree no is no place like home, wonderful plate I love the color the avocado against the salmon and two buttery textures together, oh yum

    sweetlife
    .-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Regionally Rocked!! =-.

  31. Sarahon 25 May 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Yup, I would definitely want to come home for that!!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Plenty, take three: Fried leeks =-.

  32. Aliceon 25 May 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Wow! This is so gorgeous! A hearty and healthy dish! Lovely!
    .-= Alice´s last blog ..Iced Lemongrass Green Tea =-.

  33. my boyfriend cooks for meon 26 May 2010 at 6:59 am

    Looks amazing!!
    .-= my boyfriend cooks for me´s last blog ..sometimes I have a lot to say about my dinner! =-.

  34. Sashaon 26 May 2010 at 9:28 am

    This is such a gorgeous dish. I don’t even like avocados and I’d love some of this creation right now. Beautiful presentation, too. Nice work, guys : )
    .-= Sasha´s last blog ..Panzanella Salad =-.

  35. kristyon 27 May 2010 at 12:16 am

    Congratulations, Krissy! You’re in today’s top 9! yay… Your avocado paste looks marvellous, dear. Well done! Have a nice day!
    Cheers Kristy
    .-= kristy´s last blog ..Simple Steamed Fatt Kuih @ Brown Sugar Fatt Kuih (Flour) =-.

  36. Giseleon 27 May 2010 at 7:12 am

    What a beautiful pic!

  37. thefoodaddictson 27 May 2010 at 9:10 am

    Yay, we made it on the Top 9 again! Thanks everyone!!

  38. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipeson 27 May 2010 at 11:47 am

    The salmon does look fantastic!!!
    .-= Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes´s last blog ..Shrimp and Orzo in Crushed Tomatoes =-.

  39. Linn @ Swedish home cookingon 27 May 2010 at 2:02 pm

    That avocado pure sounds so delicious. Mm. love it.
    .-= Linn @ Swedish home cooking´s last blog ..Swedish Home Cooking "Swedish Meatballs" =-.

  40. Magdalenaon 27 May 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hello! First of all, congratulations for you great holiday. I would love to rest in such a place, but I can only dream about that. The idea to use avocado puree with salmon is great. It is only a pity I found your recipe now. I had a salmon actually for today’s dinner, accompanied by puree too, but it was puree from green peas. A good thing is I have two more slices of salmon in my fridge, so I will propose it to my husband in coming days. Have a nice afternoon!
    .-= Magdalena´s last blog ..“S” Like Sandwich and Sandwich Spread =-.

  41. IslandEATon 27 May 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Hi, Krissy and Daniel. This is a superb post – great concept, photos, directions, and contrast of colours and flavours! Good for you – well-deserving of FB Top 9 (again for you two, I think)!. Thanks, Dan

  42. Cindy (Hard C)on 14 Jun 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Mmm, just made this dish for dinner, cutting it down to 2 servings and subbing tarragon for parsley (b/c it’s what’s in my garden) and it was FANTASTIC! The puree worked brilliantly with the salmon, so much so that my boyfriend wanted more and he doesn’t normally enjoy fish. Thank you so much for sharing! All the best!

  43. stevon 10 Aug 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Any ideas on a drink pair with this?

  44. MeatHub Inc.on 25 Oct 2010 at 12:02 pm

    this salmon looks awesome! excellent presentation! :D

  45. Kimmy D.on 04 Dec 2010 at 6:15 pm

    This looks SO good – I’m trying it out for dinner tonight!

  46. Nicoleon 17 Mar 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Looks just beautiful! I was just Googling salmon and avocado when I came upon your blog and this recipe! I have all the ingredients so it is on the menu tonight! Already made the avocado puree!

  47. Valon 29 Aug 2011 at 1:40 am

    I’ve never made an avocado puree before, namely because there’s something I love about biting into creamy pieces of avocado. I love the look and concept of this dish though so once avocado season returns I’ll be making this! Also your holiday looks amazing but its good to hear the downside too. We’re thinking of a trip to the Cariibean. Will keep your tips in mind!

  48. Alyceon 29 Aug 2011 at 8:12 am

    I remember taking a family vacation as a kid to Paradise Island. This was in the late 70s and we stayed at a Club Med of all places. I remember the food being pretty good, because of the French influence. And I remember there was a beautiful plantation on the property. I am sure it is much different now! This salmon looks de-lish.
    Alyce´s last [type] ..Chilled Artichoke Citrus Soup

  49. Tedon 05 Dec 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Has anyone else actually made this dish?

  50. Joeyon 25 May 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Just Made it, Effing Awesome!

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