Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Salmon and Spinach

Our local grocery store has been having some great sales on salmon so it seems we're having it once a week! Which means I get to try out several great looking salmon recipes I've been hoarding. This one came together quickly and easily and was very tasty! The spice rub and garlicky spinach were a great flavor combination.

Spice-Rubbed Roasted Salmon with Lemon-Garlic Spinach
(Source: Cooking Light, December 2007)

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1 pound) skinless salmon fillet
1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
Cooking spray

1 teaspoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Remaining ingredients:
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Lemon wedges (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. To prepare salmon, combine first 6 ingredients; rub spice mixture evenly over fish. Place onion in an 2.5 quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Place fish on top of onion; bake covered at 400° for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

3. To prepare spinach, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add half of spinach; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add remaining spinach; cook 4 minutes or until wilted, stirring frequently. Sprinkle spinach mixture with rind and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in juice; remove from heat.

4. Place salmon on a platter. Arrange onions and spinach evenly around salmon. Sprinkle salmon with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

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