Thursday, October 8, 2009

Seared Salmon with Creamy Basil Sauce & Mums Prawns

I caught up with my group of high school friends for yum cha at the Fisherman's Wharf Seafood Restaurant (at the Fish Markets). I was quite impressed. I didn't take photos though. I still feel funny about clicking away and causing flashes of light and disturbing people while eating. Guess I'm not a proper food blogger haha!

Since I made the trip out there I decided to buy some seafood for our dinner.

Look at that beautiful fresh salmon @ $22/kg
Searing in the pan

All plated up. I have a thing about cooking everything right through at the moment. Didn't affect the taste - it was delicious. And the sauce went really well with it too.
Recipe below

Lovely fresh green prawn @ $15.95/kg

Mum's concoction. Recipe below

Bren's Seared Salmon with Creamy Basil Sauce
4 pieces of salmon
1 tablespoon oil
2-3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup basil (just the leaves)
1/2 cup of cream
Half a lemon (juice)
Salt & pepper
1. Heat a pan till it's really hot and add oil and 1 tablespoon of butter then place the salmon (skin side down first) and cook for maybe 2-3mins each side.
2. When the salmon is cooked to your liking take it out of the pan and place it on a plate covered with foil.
3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter to the pan (remember to keep the juices from the fish in the pan), add the garlic (I like to crush mine at this stage straight into the pan), add the cup of basil and fry for a bit.
4. Add the cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir it up and it's ready to pour over your salmon.
Mum's prawn concoction
Just a little explaination, I've given very rough quantities because mum made this up on the spot. It was really good so I just made a mental note of what she used.
1/2 kg prawns
small drizzle of oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chilli sauce (optional)
salt & pepper
1. Snip the tip of the prawns head off (just below the eyes) and it's legs.
2. Heat the pan, add oil, butter, garlic, prawns and toss it all to cook the prawn through.
3. Add tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, chilli sauce if you want a real kick (but not necessary), salt & pepper and stir it to coat the prawns.
4. Serve straight away.


  1. mmm i love salmon and ooh those prawns look good! i would totally add a crapload of chilli and pretend it was tomato and give to some poor unsuspecting boy..

  2. hey esos camaroncitos tenian buena cara!! que ricos!! por cierto deberias poner un traductor amiga para pasar los tips de las recetas.. saluditos!

  3. Yum! Just by chance, I have a lovely piece of Aussie salmon in my fridge that I purchased after despairing that most of the fish sold at my local supermarket were sourced from overseas - I think it would be lovely to cook it like this. Thanks!

  4. Hey Suze - Hahahahah your poor boy! LOL!

    Hey Rubicita - Thank you

    Hi Cakelaw - Cool! Hope my recipe was ok!!!