Pacific Northwest Gefilte Fish - Appetizer

Recipe by Gracie Schatz

Servings: 8

For the Gefilte Fish:

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

12 oz. Oregon snapper fillet, coarsely chopped

4 oz. wild salmon, bones and skin removed

2 T. vegetable or grapeseed oil

1 large egg

2 T. coarsely chopped fresh dill

1 t. kosher salt

1/8 t. freshly ground white pepper

1 t. sugar

For the Broth:

2 qt. Newman’s Seafood Broth


1. If there are any bones left in your fillets, remove the larger ones by hand, but don’t fret about the smaller ones since they’ll be pulverized in the food processor.

2. Place the onion in the bowl of a large food processor and process until finely ground and mostly liquefied. Add the fish fillets to the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse in the food processor until the mixture is light-colored and evenly textured throughout. Scoop into a bowl and give it an additional stir to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout.

3. Warm up your broth, once it is boiling, reduce to a simmer. Wet your hands and form fish into balls, according to your size preference. They should be a little bigger than a walnut but smaller than a matzo ball. They will expand as they cook.

Place them one by one into the simmering broth. When all eight servings are in the pot, make sure heat is low and place lid on the pot. Cook gefilte in the pot for 30 minutes.

Remove gefilte with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl or deep serving dish. Chill.

Serve them chilled, topped with freshly chopped dill and freshly grated horseradish.

King Salmon a la Santa Fe

3 lbs Oregon salmon fillet with all bone and skin removed, cut into six equal portions 
1 cup prepared salsa, well drained
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp minced garlic 
2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
1 lime, zest and juice 
Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish
Combine all of the above ingredients, except salmon and cilantro garnish. Thoroughly coat both sides of salmon fillets.

To Grill: Grill over medium high heat. Start with dark side up (side where skin was), basting occasionally and turning once.

To Bake: Baste well (skin side down, do not turn) baking at 400 degrees for 15-18 min.

To Sauté: Place well basted fillet portions (skin side up) in dry pan over medium high heat basting occasionally and turning once. 

(Courtesy of Gary Puetz, The Seafood Steward)

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General Cooking Tips for Salmon

Oregon Ocean Chinook Salmon cooks in minutes. A small cut in the thickest part of the meat shows it is done when it flakes easily and appears opaque throughout. Do not overcook because the salmon will continue to cook for a short time after the fish is removed from the heat source. 

For pieces 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick - Cook 5 to 8 minutes 

For pieces 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick - Cook 10 to 12 minutes 

Bake - Bake at 400 degrees F until the fish is cooked according to the above times 

Broil - Lightly oil broiler pan. Place fillets, skin-side up, on pan. Broil 4 inches from heat source until done. Do not turn. 

Grill - Brush both sides of the salmon with vegetable oil. Grill, skin-side down, on hot griddle. Turn halfway through to cook evenly. 

Poach - Poach fish in water, fish stock or a combination of white wine and stock or water.   Fill pan large enough to hold fish with enough liquid to cover fish completely. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and add fish. Cook until done. 
Saute or Pan Fry - Heat a small amount of oil or butter in a heavy fry pan. Cook fish over high heat, turning once to finish.

Grilled Plank Salmon

1 (12 inch) cedar plank
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 tablespoons water
4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets, with skin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional)
1 lemon, cut into wedges (optional)
1. Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 2 hours and up to 12.
2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
3. Place the salmon on the plank, skin side down. In a small bowl, stir together the sesame oil, brown sugar, dill weed and sesame seeds. Stir in just enough water to make it liquid. Season with pepper and soy sauce if desired. Spoon the mixture over the salmon so it is fully coated.
4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the fillet can be flaked with a fork.

On the Grill
Preheat a grill to medium heat. Place plank with fish on the grate and cover. Grill for about 25 minutes, or until fish can be flaked with a fork.

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Cedar Plank Salmon

Planked salmon is a method of cooking and smoking salmon that has been used for many years. Make sure to use natural red cedar (no preservatives). The salmon is slow cooked, which produces a rich, smoky flavor.

24" x 8" x 1" untreated cedar plank
6 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
onion, slices

1. Submerge untreated cedar plank in water. Soak 12 hours or overnight.
2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Place prepared plank on the grill, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover grill and heat plank 2-3 minutes until dry. Adjust grill temperature for medium heat.
3. Rub salmon fillets with olive oil. Arranage on plank. Top salmon with onion, lemon slices, and whatever spices you enjoy on salmon.
4. Cook salmon, covered 20-30 minutes, or until opaque and easily flaked with a fork.

When you purchase a whole fresh troll-caught Oregon Ocean Chinook Salmon from a commercial fishing boat or retailer, you can be assured that only the highest quality standards have been followed. Each salmon is cleaned and dressed at sea and held at an optimum temperature until the boat returns to shore and the fish sold.

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