Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A plate for Joey: pan seared salmon with green tea and lemongrass sauce

The sound of him playing the guitar resonates through the whole house.  Never mind if the projects that we had planned, which included hanging picture frames on the wall, were left undone.  The music coming from the frets of the guitar was so soothing and beautiful, but I sensed that it would stop soon.

When his luggage was all packed, I knew that I had little time left with him.  Soon he will be back in college, soaked with school work and surrounded by his friends.  His time with me could wait... well at least until the next school break.

I cherished the extra two weeks my son Joey spent here at home while his sisters had all returned to California after the holidays.  His stay was highlighted by the good times we had, the silly giggles, the games and the great food.  Sometimes our games sounded moronic, but it is very touching for me to know he is still my unica hijo.  

The dish I made for him for his last lunch home before he heads back to Cornell was pan seared salmon with green tea.  I spiked it with lemongrass, ginger and honey sauce.  This salmon recipe was inspired by his healthy eating options and the tea time we had every night (started by my eldest daughter during the winter break).  This is the perfect way for me to express how much I treasured the time he spent here at home - by preparing this special plated dish for him.

Pan Seared Salmon with Green Tea-Lemongrass- Ginger sauce

Salmon slices
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Season both sides with salt and pepper.  Drizzle some olive oil on both sides as well.  Let it stand for 5 minutes.

On a hot skillet (use a non stick pan) sear the salmon slices on both sides.  It took me 3 minutes each side since my salmon slices are thin, if it's thicker allow 5 minutes of cooking time each side.

brew 1/2 cup of tea together with lemon grass
1 tbsp agave or honey
freshly grated ginger root
2 cloves garlic, minced
soy sauce
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together.  Season with soy sauce and pepper.  Adjust the taste according to your preference.  Sprinkle sesame seeds and enjoy!

Before you leave,  I'd like to share with you 2 great news.  Last Monday,  Foodbuzz picked my Monay post as one of the top blogs featured in their baking buzz for a week. And if you notice a new badge on the right, that's because Foodista picked my post It warms my heart: Turkey ala Pho as the blog of the day,  Also my Steamed Tamarind Chicken  was featured as Featured blog. on Foodbuzz FB page I could have not done it without your constant support.  Maraming Salamat! (Thank you very much!)



  1. Malou,
    I don't cook but I love coming here because of your stories. I could feel the warmth of your love as a mom. I feel it because I myself is a mom. Congratulations on all the awards. Yes you deserve it!

    Judith Lasam

  2. I love salmon and I love green tea. Match them together and I'm definitely going to love it all the more.

  3. Hi Judith,
    It means so much for me to know that I have readers like you. Comments like yours inspire me to do my craft a lot better. Salamat.

    Yes I love how refreshing the green tea lent to the salmon. thanks for stopping by.


  4. awesome recipe and so pleased you had a special time with your son

    and wow amazing picture your a fab blogger Malou

  5. Great mom :) This sounds like a lovely send off dinner! Glad you got to spent some extra time with your boy

  6. What a great dish. It looks delicious and has the added benefit of not being hard to make. I'll try this really soon. We love salmon. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Not difficult, healthy, lovely flavors and textures and you made it for your son so we know it's really, really good! Yes, I'll take it.

  8. Reb: aww you are a fab friend yourself. Thanks for the blog love.

    PS: indeed it was a special time together. Thanks a bunch for being here.

    Mary: m thrilled that you want to try it. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Claudia: yes its definitely good and in a healthy note. Thanks again... and see you around.

  9. Aww lucky boy! This dish sounds DEEELLICIOUS! I'm so glad you got to spend some good quality time together!

  10. Mmm I love salmon. You have a very nice blog with some great stories and yummy food. I will definitely be back

  11. As a lover of salmon, this is the best dish, you could have made him.

    You deserve every bit of recognition, you get. You do an admirable job.

    I agree with Judith about your stories which are worth reading and re-reading.

  12. Salmon has to be the most frequently fish we use in our house. green tea and lemongrass sauce? Wow~~~~~ so fancy! Sounds like you had very nice time with Joey! :-)

  13. Malou-this is the kind of dish that would be perfect for my WW recipes. I do have blue agave nectar that I use for most of my sweet additions, cutting down on sugar. This is a beautiful salmon recipe.
    Glad you got to spend time with your Joey, and make a favorite dish for him!
    Congratulations on your featured dishes on foodbuzz, and foodista:DDD

  14. Lucky Joey!!! What a beautiful, delicious lunch you made for him. You made his time at home so special~

  15. What a sweet post Malou! This is a beautiful way to prepare salmon and I love how you adjusted to including flavors from your family tea time :)
    I am glad that you and your son got to spend a little extra time, it's hard when they are grown sometimes...

  16. P.S. Congratulations on your surprise there :)

  17. Thanks for this recipe for pan seared salmon with green tea, lemongrass and ginger sauce. It sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors.

  18. Oh, I love the use of green tea and lemongrass over the salmon. It looks gorgeous

  19. Thanks for the recipe.I love green tea very much and I know about the benefits of green tea. Can you share some recipe using green tea.Thank you...
    Organic Green Tea in India


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