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Hot Smoked Apricot Salmon On A Soba Noodle Enoki Mushroom Salad

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This particular recipe is by Chef Rainer Zinngrebe.

"Aquatas Tasmanian Salmon is a leading producer of, in my opinion, high quality and innovative salmon products. I have been a user and admirer of their products for the past five years and can recommend them to anybody. Their hot smoked apricot salmon inspired this recipe and instead of smoking your own you can just use theirs, however I understand that it is not everywhere available, so the following recipe make for a home made version".


4 pieces fresh salmon fillet, 80 - 140 gram each (depending if you want to use it as a main course or appetizer)
100 gram apricot jam
15 gram shallots, fine chopped 15 gram ginger, minced fine
30 ml white wine vinegar
50 gram dried apricot, cut into very fine dice
30 ml white wine
15 ml sunflower seed oil

Noodle Salad:
120 gram soba noodles, or more if you want to make a main course
50 gram enoki mushrooms, or more if you want to make a main course
1 TSP extra virgin olive oil
10 gram watercress
5 gram chives, chopped white and black sesame seeds, toasted for garnish

Mirin ponzu dressing:
25 ml mirin
15 ml ponzu
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper


For the apricot marinade:

  • You first have to heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the shallots and ginger until the shallots are transparent but have not coloured.
  • Add the apricot and sauté a bit more, deglaze with the vinegar and leave the vinegar to evaporate, then add the wine. Leave the wine to evaporate by half, then add the jam.
  • Simmer slowly for about 10 - 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to cool. If the mixture is too chunky for your liking, just place it in a food blender and make into a smooth paste.
  • Use this mixture to spread evenly over the salmon about 2 hours before you use it.

For the salmon:

  • Clean, trim and marinate with the apricot marinade for two hours. If you have a smoker, cold smoke it for 5 minutes then remove.
  • Bake at 180º for about 5 minutes.
  • If you have a stove top smoker, place salmon in it with wood shavings at the base and smoke for 3 minutes, then remove and finish baking the same way as the other way. The smoke taste should be subtle and not too dominant.

For the noodle salad:

  • Bring a pot of salted water to boil and quickly blanch the soba noodles in it. Don’t overcook them they only need a few minutes to cook.
  • In a frying pan sauté the enoki mushrooms with a tablespoon of olive oil, without adding much colour to them.
  • Combine with the noodles and add the mirin lime dressing as well as the chives and the watercress.
  • Toss well

Serve the hot salmon on top of the cold salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for decoration.

Serves 4

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