© David Loftus
hot smoked salmon with an amazing chilli salsa
Im really excited about this one. There are two processes when it comes to smoking food: cold smoking, where things like raw fi sh, meats and cheeses are put into a smoky environment with no heat source, and hot smoking, which has the added heat source. It gives great results. All you need is an old cookie tin with a lid, a wire rack that fi ts inside it or a bit of chicken wire and some uncoated sawdust (the type you get for putting in pets cages). When you put the tin on your heat source, it will act like a kind of oven dont get nervous if it seems a bit radical to you, because its so easy. And imagine how impressed your mates will be when you tell them youve hot smoked the food yourself!
PS A word of warning: this will make your house a bit smoky, so either open the windows to get some fresh air through, put the fan on or have a go at doing it outside on your barbie.
Get your cookie tin and place a handful or two of wood shavings into the tin, followed by your rosemary and sage sprigs. Place your wire rack in the tin, so it sits about halfway down, or bend some chicken wire to fi t. Carefully pierce the lid of the tin fi ve or six times with a screwdriver.
Most salmon fi llets come around the same size and thickness, so their cooking times are similar. Sprinkle the salmon fi llets with salt and rub with a drizzle of olive oil. Then lay them skin side down on top of the wire (this acts like a grill rack) and put the lid on the tin. Place it on the burner, over a medium heat, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. After a couple of minutes it will start to smoke a bit.
While the fi sh is cooking, mix all the salsa ingredients together you can go as light or as heavy on the chillies as you like. When the fi sh is ready, turn the heat off and leave it to sit for 3 minutes before opening the tin. This will allow any residual smoke and heat to penetrate the fi sh. Lift the salmon fi llets out and place onto individual serving plates. Spoon over some chilli salsa and sprinkle with your whole cilantro leaves. Drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil and serve with the lime halves and the rest of the salsa in a little bowl. Lovely with some new potatoes and a green salad for lunch.
a sprig of fresh rosemary
a few sprigs of fresh sage
2 x 7-ounce wild or organic salmon fillets, skin on
1 lime, halved
a few whole cilantro leaves
for the chilli salsa
12 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
23 medium-sized ripe
tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1/2½ a cucumber, peeled and finely diced
juice of 1 lime
2 green onions, trimmed and finely sliced
a small handful of fresh cilantro, leaves picked and chopped
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
extra virgin olive oil