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Basil Seared Salmon


BASIL SEARED SALMON
RainForest Cafe Restaurant Recipe

For the Salmon:
7 ounces fresh or frozen salmon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 whole basil leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sides:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 portion fresh mixed vegetables
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 serving orzo pasta, cooked
3 ounces lemon and lobster broth
pinch salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Season each side of salmon with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Lay 2 basil leaves over presentation side. Make sure they are not too large and the salmon is still exposed on top. 

Heat a nonstick pan and add olive oil. Gently place fish presentation side down into the hot oil. Sear for about 2 minutes, then flip and sear the other side for 2 minutes.  Place on a platter and cook in oven at 450 degrees for 4 minutes.

Discard oil from the saute pan, add extra virgin olive oil to pan and heat. Add vegetables and cook until veggies are seared and almost completely cooked. Turn down to medium high heat.  Add garlic, orzo pasta and lemon and lobster broth. Reduce broth by 50 percent. Add chopped basil, salt and pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

To Serve: Place orzo and vegetables in brother in center of the bowl. Place salmon filet and drizzle with basil oil.

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