Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Wild Salmon with Fresh Mango and Pepper Jam Relish - a.k.a. Salmon Mango Bango

What’s the best thing about being a chef? It’s being able to name your dishes anything you want! That’s right. If you invent it, you get to name it. So when I came up with this recipe I thought I would completely abuse that privilege and think of something really ridiculous. All kidding aside, mango and salmon are a great pairing. The exotic, tropical tang of the fruit and the richness of the wild salmon work wonderfully together. The “bango” comes from the spicy, sweet pepper jam I use to bind the fresh mango relish. This dish is also a great example of how just a few ingredients can produce big flavors.

Pepper jams are a wonderfully versatile products and every good cook’s pantry should stock several of them. Check your local market and I’ll bet you find a few varieties next to the regular fruit jams and jellies. Any specialty foods store will have many to choose from.

Also, wild salmon is really the only way to go for many, many reasons. I won’t give you a lecture here, but if you do a bit of research, you may never eat farmed again. Hopefully you have access to fresh wild salmon near you. If not, the frozen choices are actually quite good these days, and far superior to fresh farmed salmon in my opinion.


Anonymous said...

Chef John,

Was this your very first video post?


Chef John said...

no, juts first posted here at the new site :-)

Lauren said...

Hi Chef John :)
I love your's fantastic ^.^
So I thought I would do it....go right back to the start and make my way through your whole blog! (I have no idea how long it's going to take me >.<)
But now that I've seen the comments, this isn't even where it started! (It will have to do for me)

Anna said...

Could I use tuna steaks for this? Only I'm not a big fan of salmon

Unknown said...

Hi Chef John ! Hope this comment makes it to you.I was listening to the radio today and they were raving about "Bacon Jam". I looked it up online and it looks tasty ....please make a video for bacon jam ??!! It looks great on toast with an egg on top !

Mikel Beckham said...

I really appreciate you for such a great blog post..This is one of the amazing salmon recipes that you mentioned in your blog post.I'll try this salmon mango bango as soon as possible.Thanks for sharing.There are low carb salmon patties, this is low carb salmon that is much beneficial for your health.

einarsw said...

Do you ever come back to your old videos and think about your progress?