Sustainable Seafood: Salmon in Luxurious Green Sesame Pipián

Rick Bayless' recipe for salmon in luxurious green sesame pipián is a snap to make.

| May/June 2007

  • Rick Bayless' recipe for salmon in luxurious green sesame pipián is a snap to make. It's served here on an Annieglass Ultramarine Dinner Plate, designed by artist Ann Morhausen of Santa Cruz, California.
    Photo By Batista Moon Studio

Salmon in Luxurious Green Sesame Pipián
Serves 4

This recipe uses bottled tomatillo salsa and tahini (sesame paste) instead of traditional ground pumpkin seeds for the Mexican-style pipián sauce, so a zesty dinner is only minutes away. Seafood Watch recommends Marine Stewardship Council–certified, wild Alaskan salmon, which is low in mercury and contains few or no PCBs. Farmed salmon can be problematic because farms release waste directly into the ocean and salmon farmers often rely on antibiotics and pesticides to control disease.

2 cups store-bought or homemade tomatillo salsa
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons tahini
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
1 cup peas (heaping)
4 boneless, skinless, wild salmon fillets, 5 ounces each, about 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, for garnish
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish

1. In a blender or food processor, process salsa to a smooth purée.



2. Heat oil in a very large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. When quite hot, add salsa all at once. Stir as salsa reduces to consistency of tomato paste, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in broth and tahini. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt (usually about 1/2 teaspoon) and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sugar. While sauce is simmering, steam peas until just hot and tender.



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds