Well here it is the easiest seafood dinner you could possibly make. It’s also part of my Hoisin Sauce, Interesting Ingredients series. See here for what it is and how to make hoisin sauce or here for a delicious chicken recipe using hoisin sauce
I was walking past my local seafood store last weekend and they were selling everything at a discount as the next day they were closing for a small renovation. I happen to be the only one round here that loves seafood and I would like to eat it more often. Walking past a seafood shop that is selling everything at half price is far more exciting to me than walking past any other sale, so I was in there quick smart. Amongst the fish I wanted to buy was a punnet of fresh salmon mince. This mince is the wasted meat left on the bones once the salmon is cut into fillets or steaks. Its’s cut off the bones with a sharp filleting knife. The clean boneless meat can be used in fish burgers or used in a stir fry or any other dish. It cooks in 2 minutes and usually packaged up in 500 gm packets. Ask your local fishmonger if he does this.
I usually go to the fish market to buy it so I was very happy to see it here, and I told Theo the fishmonger just that. We chatted about fish for a minute, as you do with the fishmonger, and then I paid and left. I couldn’t wait to get home to eat some of that fresh Salmon mince. I had this quick and so, so delicious salmon soup was on my mind.
When I got home and unpacked the bags I couldn’t find my salmon mince. I rang the fish shop and spoke to Theo who said he had forgotten to put it in. He was going to call me when he was open again. Last Thursday I got a call from him when I was on my way home from work. When I got to his shop he had 3 whole packs of the salmon mince waiting for me . Three whole packets! The first thing I did was make this Spicy Salmon Broth. I had some Asian stock base on hand and it was perfect ( see below). Spicy and flavourful and this entire delicious soup took about 10 whole minutes AND it went so well with my delicious jar of Hoisin sauce. If you don’t have a stock base. Use stock with the addition fresh coriander, fish sauce , soy, ginger and a touch of hoisin and chilli.
- 500 gm salmon mince Chopped salmon fillet
- 20 ml hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder
- 20 ml Soy Sauce light soy not the dark heavy one
- 1 Tablespoon ginger grated
- 2 Tablespoons fresh coriander chopped
- 40 ml oil plain
- 100 gm onion sliced into strips
- 1/2 red capsicum thinly sliced ( about 1/2 cup)
- 1 litre chicken stock unsalted
- 20 ml chinkiang black vinegar
- 20 ml Soy Sauce
- 20 ml lemon Juice to taste, approx 1 tablespoon
- 150 gm enoki mushrooms 1 packet
- 5 leaves lime This gives an amazing flavour but if you don't have them use a little lemon juice