What To Do With Leftover Baked Salmon?
Sunday night we had friends over and put together another fantastic meal with local ingredients: salmon served with a dill seafood sauce, fresh Jersey corn that was so sweet it didn’t need butter, heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a fresh salad with local greens, and finished it off with homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches and strawberries.
Last night I was looking for something quick and easy and wanted to use up the leftover salmon. The answer? Salmon risotto. Easy to prepare and I usually have all the ingredients on hand like Arborio rice, stock and seasonings. In fact, there was some frozen lobster stock leftover from boiling up the lobster shells from some previous dinner.
You will see frozen peas listed as an ingredient. Of course fresh peas would be great if you have them but we always have frozen peas in the freezer and my wife and I rarely make a risotto that doesn’t include them. They are our risotto staple, one started as a method to get veggies into young children. You could always add leftover corn, zucchini, whatever veggie leftovers you have on hand.
I also added a spoonful of our leftover salmon seafood sauce at the end for an additional layer of flavor and it worked, but I suspect most of you don’t have seafood sauce hanging around so I suggest try the fresh dill.