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Fennel and Herb-Crusted Salmon


INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1kg kipfler (waxy) potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 Ttsp fennel seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, extra, crushed
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger rind
  • ½ cup (35g) panko (japanese) breadcrumbs 
  • 1 X 1kg side of salmon, skin on, trimmed and pin-boned
  • 2 tbsp store-bought grated horseradish 

LEMON AND HORSERADISH CRÈME FRAÎCHE

  • 1 cup (240g) Creme Fraiche 
  • 2 tbsp store-bought grated horseradish 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

METHOD

  1. Place 2 tablespoons of the oil, the potato, whole garlic cloves, salt and pepper in a large deep-sided roasting tray and toss to combine. Cook for 15 minutes in the Roasting Oven, turning halfway, or until golden. 
  2. While the potato is cooking, place the fennel seeds, crushed garlic, parsley, thyme, lemon rind, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and remaining oil in a small bowl. Spread the skinless side of the salmon with the horseradish and press on the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Remove the tray from the oven and push the potato to one side of the tray.
  3. Place the salmon on the same tray, skin-side down, drizzle with the remaining oil and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the potato is golden and salmon is just cooked through. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest. 
  4. While the salmon is resting, make the lemon and horseradish crème fraîche. Place the crème fraîche, horseradish and lemon juice in a small bowl, sprinkle with salt and mix to combine. Serve the salmon with the potato and horseradish crème fraîche. Serves 6.