Monday, April 27, 2015

Tea Infused Salmon (ABC Delicious Valli Little)

Remember the fried eggs with bacon jam that I have cooked? The recipe is from the book, ABC delicious, Sizzle by Valli Little.

I must say that it is an unforgettable recipe because of its unique taste and combination.

This time, I'm cooking another interesting recipe from the same book and this is what I have cooked...

green tea infused salmon
Tea infused salmon

Tea infused salmon? You might ask... Is this salmon made with tea flavours? I guess the title of dish has described it well enough and you are absolutely right.

The original title of this recipe is actually tea 'smoked' salmon and in fact the salmon is not smoked with tea but soaked in Lapsang souchong tea which is a Chinese black tea with distinctive smoky flavours.

I couldn't find any Lapsang souchong tea when I wanted to cook this dish. Instead, I have used green tea to infuse my salmon and prefer to name mine as tea infused salmon as there is absolutely no smoky flavours in mine.

Before elaborating the interesting bit of this recipe, I like to introduce the style of this book, ABC delicious, Sizzle by Valli Little.

This book is one of the latest bite-sized series that is curated from the successful cookbook collection by the best selling Australian author Valli Little and the team behind Australia's ABC delicious magazine. In this book, there are 60 essential recipes and they are the barbecue, grill and frying pan sizzling kinds of food, all cooked in stylish ways with diversified cultures and flavours that we can eat in all occasions.

Back to my salmon cooking...

As we all know salmon can taste quite fishy when it is not cooked properly, this recipe has cleverly used many Asian influenced ingredients like tea, ginger, garlic, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and sesame oil to marinate and infuse the salmon with beautiful flavours and remove some aspect of its fishiness to create a great balance of taste eventually.

It is not difficult at all to assemble and cook this dish. All I did was to combine all ingredients in glass container and allow the salmon to marinate in this tea mixture overnight and cooked the salmon on the next day in a frying pan. Dead easy!

To finish, I didn't serve the salmon with any reduced marinade but ate the fish with a very light sizzle of kecap manis and it was awesome!  

I really like this simple and stylish way of cooking and enjoying salmon and hope that you like it too.

Instead of using Lapsang souchonh tea (a Chinese black tea), I'm using green tea to infuse my salmon.
I have used 3 tea bags to make a concentrated tea solution.
I have added chopped garlic and grated ginger into the tea...
... plus honey, kecap manis and sesame oil.
Allow salmon to marinate in the tea mixture overnight in the fridge.
Cook the well-marinated salmon with a combination of these two oils on the next day.
It is perfectly cooked with no fishy taste.

I'm sorry that I have agreed to the publisher that I can't publish the recipes in this book in this book review. To see the recipe, you can either buy this book at the retail price of AUD$19.99 or win one copy of the book here.

This giveaway is open to ALL international readers and the submission ends on 5th May 2015. Good Luck!

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Before ending this post, I like to thank ABC Delicious and Harper Collins Australia for giving me this opportunity to do this review. I like to make a disclaimer here that I'm not paid to do this and like to share my most honest opinions as I sincerely hope that everyone who read my review will gain adequate insights of this book.

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  1. looks like a super high class dish being served in the restaurant... will hv to pay lots to have this gorgeous piece of fish...

  2. Wow! Your salmon looks so flaky. I am a big fan of salmon and this way of cooking them is so innovative! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :D

  3. It's always fun to use tea in non-tea ways.

  4. You are right, salmon taste fishy nomatter how I cook it.. Steam, even fried, all taste fishy, nomatter how fresh the salmon is.. Hmmppp.. Your salmon must be very flavourful as you marinated it overnight in the tea mixture.. I hope I can have a taste :)

  5. Hi Zoe! Love the idea of infusing tea into salmon, will definitely have to try it out next time. And your plate - looks so gorgeous!

  6. I seldom cook fish at home because hubby is very sensitive to the fishy smell. Thank you for your post, it gives me some idea and I will give it a try to take away the fishy smell. Have a great week.

  7. This recipe sounds interesting...hope i can win the recipe book. Thanks.

    Judy Wong

  8. Love that crispy salmon skin! To us, that's the best part. I've got to try infusing tea into meats. Especially oily fishes like salmon. I can see how the flavours would work.

  9. Hi Zoe,
    My girl loves salmon but not sure if she likes it when it's infused with green tea (or any tea flavour). May try it out for her one day ....

  10. What a great and interesting recipe! I haven't tried such salmon before.. Saving it :D

  11. Zoe, your salmon must be very delicious! I have never cooked with tea before. I should get adventurous with salmon as I only grill or steam it with minimal seasoning. Yup, agree that it has a strong smell.

  12. Hi Zoe, I love salmon and this sounds so good to soak with tea. Thanks for sharing :)
    Oh, I'd love to try my luck to win the Delicious cookbook :D

  13. So many flavors happening , must try it out

  14. Tea & salmon, what a wild idea, Z. I'm so going to try this! xo

  15. Looks so delicious one Zoe.....! nice book review :)

  16. This is a totally innovative and great recipe. Too often people just repeat the same damn thing but it's so easy to change up flavors! Like spiced/herbed brines and solutions like the one you made! I've had a friend who used tea leaves and some hay to smoke the flavor into his fish before lightly cooking it! I don't go that far but I would totally try something like this!

  17. Always looking for new ideas to cook fish have two very picki eaters at home.

  18. The infusion of tea is very interesting Zoe! The spices and seasoning used in this dish compliments each other so nicely! <3