Colin Jackson - Jerk Salmon

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Serves 4


1 small onion, roughly chopped

1 bunch chives, roughly chopped

4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2tsp fresh thyme, leaves picked

1 hot chilli, roughly chopped

2 tsp sugar

3tsp salt

2tsp allspice

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp black pepper

2 tbsp rapeseed oil

4 x 175g/6oz boneless skinless salmon fillets

570ml/1pt cockles

Splash dry white wine

2tbsp double cream

150g/5oz butter

2 leeks, shredded

150ml/¼ pt chicken stock

2tbsp laver bread




How to Create the Dish


1. Make the jerk dressing by placing the onions, chives, garlic, thyme and chilli into a small food processor or pestle and mortar and blitzing to a paste.


2. Add the sugar, salt, allspice, nutmeg and pepper and blitz once more with 1 tbsp of the rapeseed oil to form a paste.


3. Place the salmon onto a plate and cover with the paste on all sides then cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours.


4. Remove the fish from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature while you cook the cockles.


5. Heat a large sauté pan until hot, add the cockles and white wine and cover with a lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes until all the cockles have opened then strain the cockles through a fine sieve into a clean pan.


6. Place the pan of cooking juices onto a medium heat and cook until reduced by half, then whisk in the double cream and when it stars to thicken, add 100g/4oz of the butter, a little at a time, until the sauce has thickened.


7. Pickle the cockles from the shells then add to the pan of butter sauce. Set aside until ready to serve.


8. Heat a sauté pan until hot, add half the remaining butter and the leeks and sweat for a minute then add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 4-5 minutes until soft, then stir in the laver bread and heat through and check the seasoning.


9. Heat a frying pan until medium hot, add the last of the rapeseed oil and butter and fry the salmon gently on each side for 1-2 minutes until just cooked through.


10. Gently reheat the cockle butter sauce if needed then serve the leeks in the centre of the plate.


11. Pour a little cockle sauce over then top with the salmon and finish with some more cockle sauce.





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