Garlic-Caper Salmon with Creamy Calabrian Zucchini & Orzo
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Garlic-Caper Salmon

with Creamy Calabrian Zucchini & Orzo

35 MIN
4 Servings
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    In this dish, a duo of aromatic garlic and briny capers—cooked briefly together to bring out their flavors—creates a simple, irresistible topping for our Italian-seasoned salmon. It all comes together over a bed of creamy orzo mixed with zucchini, which we’re cooking with a bit of Calabrian chile paste for a pleasant kick of heat.
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    Garlic-Caper Salmon with Creamy Calabrian Zucchini & Orzo
    Title
    • 4 Skin-On Salmon Fillets
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • ½ lb Orzo Pasta
    • 2 Tbsps Capers
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
    • 2 Zucchini
    • 1 Tbsp Calabrian Chile Paste
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • ½ cup Cream
    • 1 Lemon
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients
    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the capers. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.
    Cook the pasta
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the zucchini is softened. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    Cook the salmon
    4 Cook the salmon

    Pat the salmon dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Season only on the skinless side with the Italian seasoning. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned salmon, skin side down. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the skin is browned and crispy. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for fish.

    Make the garlic-caper topping
    5 Make the garlic-caper topping
    In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped capers and chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.
    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked zucchini, cream (shaking the packet before opening), and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked salmon and garlic-caper topping. Garnish with the parmesan. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients
    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the capers. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the pasta
    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the zucchini is softened. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the salmon

    Pat the salmon dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Season only on the skinless side with the Italian seasoning. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned salmon, skin side down. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the skin is browned and crispy. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for fish.

    Cook the salmon
    Make the garlic-caper topping
    5 Make the garlic-caper topping
    In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped capers and chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.
    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked zucchini, cream (shaking the packet before opening), and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked salmon and garlic-caper topping. Garnish with the parmesan. Enjoy!
    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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