Salmon with Apple Fig Chutney and Jeweled Rice dotted with pomegranate arils. Perfect for Rosh Hashanah or a dinner in fall!Oooh ahh. I know I don’t have a lot of fish on this blog, but I don’t know why. Because I love it! If you forced me, I’d probably pick seafood over my beloved brisket. That may be shocking, but it would be a tough call. Luckily, I don’t have to pick!
But for Rosh Hashanah, I wanted to make an easy fish main. Did you know, it’s customary to eat fish heads for the New Year as a way to look ahead? It’s true! I’ll pass on the head, and go for a salmon filet instead. This salmon is topped with an easy apples + honey inspired chutney and paired with a jeweled rice using Veetee Thai Jasmine Rice I got from my local HEB! It’s delicious (just the right kind of sticky) and easy to make (microwave 2 minutes. The end). So you can spend more time with your guests. Or more time making rugelach. Your call!
A nice dry rub with chile, cumin, cinnamon, brown sugar. All the good stuff!!
Paired with a simple sweet and savory apple fig chutney that would also be delicious over chicken. Or with a spoon.
I added walnuts to the rice for crunch, and pomegranate arils (those are the seeds, y’all) for color but also as a new fruit for the New Year. People also say there are 613 seeds in a pomegranate, just like 613 commandments. Who am I to argue?
- For salmon and rub:
- 1½ to 2-pound salmon filet, the the skin on
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon chile powder
- 1 teaspoon dried cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- For apple fig chutney:
- 1 apple, peeled and diced. I used granny smith.
- 4 dried figs, trimmed and diced
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Pinch chile powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of cayenne
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- For rice:
- 1 package Veetee Heat + Eat Thai Jasmine Rice
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- Chives for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk together salmon rub ingredients. Place fish skin-side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Rub the dry rub all over the salmon.
- Roast for 12 minutes or until salmon is cooked to your desire level of doneness.
- While the salmon is roasting, make the chutney. Sauté apple and figs with salt in a medium saucepan until they just start to get tender, about 3 minutes. Then add honey, lemon juice, chile powder, cinnamon and cayenne, and continue cooking until very tender but not mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in walnuts and set aside.
- Heat rice in the microwave and stir in pomegranate arils and walnuts. Serve salmon immediately with rice and chutney, topped with chives.
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