23 April 2009

Recipe: Cajun Ya Ya Salmon

From Denny: Found at EveningEdge.com is this wonderful Cajun styled fish recipe! I'm a huge fan of wild-raised salmon like you can get over at Whole Foods. Soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic are all perfect flavors for salmon cooking. The unusual dressing sounds unique to go with the fish. Give it a try!

Ya Ya Salmon

Gumbeaux's Cajun Cafe in Douglasville, Georgia

"Ya Ya Salmon is the creation of chef Richard Paul-Dennis, has been featured on TV cooking shows. Incidentally, Ya Ya in Cajun means a young, aspiring artist. In the old days, young tap dancers were called Ya Yas. It is also the chef's nickname."

Hands on time: 20 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4


1/2 teaspoon red pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup granulated sugar

4 (7- or 8-ounce) boneless salmon steaks (about 1 1/2 inches thick)

For the Red Hot Sesame Onion Dressing:

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

2 tablespoons red vinegar

3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons dark sesame oil

4 teaspoons black (or white) sesame seeds


Mix red pepper, black pepper, creole seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and sugar. Coat salmon fillets with the spice mixture and set aside.

To make the Red Hot Sesame Onion Dressing: In the bowl of a food processor, place brown sugar, green, red and yellow onions, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Process 3 to 4 minutes. With the motor running, slowly add sesame oil.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare grill. Grill salmon long enough (about 5 minutes) to leave grill marks. Transfer salmon to an ovenproof pan. Pour 1 1/2 cups onion dressing over salmon and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until onion dressing bubbles and thickens.


Recipe tester Sara Levy notes that though it might seem that there is a lot of pepper and hot spices in this recipe, the sugar in the rub and sauce tempers it to the point where it has just enough bite without being overwhelmed by heat. She says that it is "very flavorful."


Per serving: 526 calories, 41 grams protein, 19 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 33), 46 grams carbohydrates, 109 milligrams cholesterol, 539 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.

From Denny: Since grilling season is almost upon us here is a wonderful post and recipe from a lady who is used to doing ahead and making in bulk! AND she has some great organizing ideas on all kinds of unusual subjects you might not have thought about - until now.

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