|15 min||20 min||2|
|2 fillet||Pacific salmon, fillets, raw|
|3 large||Oyster mushroom|
|1 large pepper(s)||Red bell pepper|
|2 leaf||Kaffir Lime Leaves|
|6 sprig||Cilantro (coriander)|
|1/2 bunch||Basil, fresh|
|1/2 cup||Coconut milk, sweetened|
|1/4 cup||Lemongrass Paste|
|1 2/3 tsp||Olive Oil, Extra Virgin (extra-virgin)|
|1 2/3 large shallot(s)||Shallots (finely chopped)|
|3/4 tbsp minced||Ginger root (freshly grated)|
|3 1/4 clove(s)||Garlic (minced)|
|3/4 stalk||Lemongrass (pounded, cut in 1/2-inch pieces (1 tablespoon dried))|
1. Prep the vegetables
2. Cook the mushrooms; sear the salmon
In a pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the mushrooms in a single layer and season with salt. Cook until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan, if dry, and warm until hot but not smoking. Add the salmon and cook, without turning, until lightly browned but only partially cooked, 2 to 3 minutes (the salmon will finish cooking in the sauce). Transfer to the plate with the mushrooms.
3. Cook the vegetables; make the sauce
If the pan is again dry, add 1 to 2 teaspoons more oil and warm over medium-high heat. Add the squash and peppers and cook until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the lemongrass paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, ¾ cup water, and the kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
4. Finish the curry
Return the mushrooms to the pan, and nestle in the salmon, seared side up. Simmer until the fish is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes, depending on thickness.
Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the cilantro, basil, lime juice, and lime zest. Season to taste with salt.
Remove the kaffir lime leaves from the pan. Transfer the salmon, vegetables, and sauce to individual bowls or plates and serve with the lime wedges.
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until very smooth and finely textured, 2 to 3 minutes. Can, also, be pounded with mortar and pestle. Keep refrigerated.
Note 1: If you are using the pestle and mortar, start off with the hard to grind ingredients like the lemongrass.
Note 2: If you are using a food processor, put the easiest-to-grind ingredients in first. The liquid that forms will help to process the other harder-to-blend ingredients.
Note 3: The addition of a couple teaspoons water may encourage easier mixing and will not affect the final product.