Caramelised Salmon & Green Peppercorns

Serves 4
Total Time
3 Hours
For the salmon
500g of salmon fillets
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
100g of green peppercorns
250ml of coconut water
For the marinade
2 tsp of finely diced garlic
2 spring onions, white part only, finely diced
2 tbsp of soft brown sugar
3 tbsp of fish sauce
3 tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp of caramel sauce
To serve
1 spring onion, sliced on the diagonal
1 or 2 red chillies, sliced on the diagonal
Crispy fried shallots
Step 1

Place the salmon fillets in a bowl, add the ingredients for the marinade, and mix together well. Leave to marinate in the fridge for three hours. Take out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to allow the salmon to come to room temperature.

Step 2

Lightly scrape the marinade from the salmon. Aim to remove all the bits in the marinade without removing too much of the marinade sauce. Leave the salmon to one side and reserve the marinade for later use.

Step 3

Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat until it reaches 160°C. An easy way to tell when the oil is ready is to place a wooden chopstick into it – when bubbles form on the surface of the oil it is ready.

Step 4

Add the green peppercorns and stir-fry for one minute. Place the salmon, skin-side down, into the pan and cook for three minutes until the skin is crisp. Flip the salmon over and pour in the marinade and coconut water. (Avoid pouring onto the salmon skin, otherwise it will lose its crispiness.) Keep the pan on the heat for a further four minutes until the salmon becomes sticky and golden in colour. Keep the ingredients moving during this process, as you don’t want them to burn, but avoid moving the fish as this could cause the fillet to break apart.

Step 5

Now you are ready to serve. Carefully transfer the salmon to bowls with a little of the cooking liquid. Sprinkle with the spring onion, chillies and shallots. This dish is best served with rice and/or a side of vegetables.

Recipe from The Little Viet Kitchen by Thuy Diem Pham, photography by David Loftus (Absolute Press, £22)

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