Alaskan Salmon
Home Cook finalist Michael Odiari is preparing a delicious seafood dish with jollof rice.

Ingredients for Salmon

  • 4-6, 6 oz Salmon Filets
  • Lemon pepper
  • Dried Parsley flakes
  • Olive/ Vegetable Oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 Cup thinly sliced red onion

Ingredients for Jollof Rice

  • 4 cups parboiled long grain white rice
  • 1-3 Habanero Peppers (depending on heat desired)
  • 2 Red bell peppers
  • 1 Red Onion- 1/4 cut into a small dice and the rest in the blender.
  • 4.5lb Plum tomatoes or 1x 28oz plus 1x 15oz can whole peeled tomato, drained
  • ¾ quarter cup vegetable oil
  • 4-6 turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp ground saigon cinnamon
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1-2 tsp Salt (to taste)
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water

Home Cook Finalist: Michael Odiari - Home & Family

Directions for Salmon

1. Season the salmon with above dry ingredients

2. Pour two teaspoons of oil in pan until oil becomes hot and shimmers

3. Gently lie Salmon in the pan and listen for the sizzle, sizzle!!

4. Cook each side for 4-5 mins, add cut onions after Salmon has finished cooking on one side.

Directions for Rice

1. Boil 4 cups hot water, when water has boiled pour 2 cups rice into the boiling water.

2. Leave rice in boiling water for 7-10 min until water is a milky color.

3. Strain the rice in a colander and rinse with cold water.

4. In a sauté pan, heat ¾ cup of vegetable oil. Once hot, add chopped red onion and allow to
caramelize for approx. 5 minutes until browned.

5. In a blender, puree habanero pepper, red bell pepper, and chopped tomato and add to oil for 15-20 mins. Keep stirring until it reduces - it splatters so be careful.

6. Add the tomato paste and whisk until blended. Continue on medium low heat and continue stirring for 10 more mins.

7. Add 1 cup of chicken broth or water. (If you use meat, add the broth from meat) into sauce.

8. Add curry, ginger, cinnamon, garlic powder, thyme, nutmeg, bouillon, pepper, rosemary, and salt to taste.

9. Add the rice to sauce and continue cooking until cooked through, adding water if needed.

10. Serve Salmon over rice and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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