We were again at the Amcorp Mall flea market one weekend looking for herbs and other plants, and ended up buying 2 beautiful pots of thyme. One was a common thyme and the other was a lemon thyme. The have such a pleasant aroma. And they grow very well too.
I was wondering what to cook with it. It happened that we had some salmon in the freezer. I searched the net for thyme and salmon recipes. But I could not find anything I fancied. So I decided to improvise. I have 2 recipes here - one for the salmon and the other for the sauce.
For the salmon, prepare the marinade. You need one whole garlic minced.
2 tablespoons of shredded lemon peel, also minced.
And several sprigs of fresh lemon thyme. If you do not have a plant, it is going to be a little problem because like rosemary, we cannot readily buy fresh thyme from our markets. In which case, I guess dried processed thyme would suffice.
The fresh lemon thyme is likewise minced.
Mix all above in about half a cup of olive oil.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Have the fresh salmon in a baking tray.
And rub the mixture on the salmon, and allow it to marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
30 minutes before baking, remove the salmon from the fridge and pre-heat the oven to 190 deg C.
Bake the salmon for about 25 minutes at 190 deg C. Do not over bake the fish. The outcome is like this.
Now the recipe for the sauce. The ingredients are...
Half cup of olive oil.
3 tablespoons of soy sauce.
1 tablespoon of vinegar.
The juice of 1 lemon.
About 4 cloves of garlic, minced.
1 mid-size onion, also minced.
1 teaspoon each of dried basil, black pepper, oregano and parsley.
All above ingredients are mixed into a sauce. Do not serve immediately. Allow the sauce to marinate itself for at least 3 hours - the longer the better. The freshly mixed sauce does not taste good - it is rather acrid. But after standing for a few hours, it becomes mellow and is good not only for salmon but for other baked, fried or grilled fish. My family loves it.
I served my thyme salmon with some french fries, fruit salad and the wonderful sauce. It was a delightful meal.