Salmon belly

Whenever i visit the fishmongérs in Queen Victoria market in Melbourne, I would scan quickly if they had any salmon belly on offer. Typically it will not take up any display space but hidden in the back  of the freezer awaiting a ‘savvy’ buyer like me. To me, its not only the tastiest part but most nutritional with highest concentration of omega3 content and it’s the cheapest cut of the Fish. The fishmongers know me well by now, and they would merrily go to the back to fetch me the whole 5 kg tray! Oh what a catch – oh yeah!

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No, salmon belly will not take up valuable display space

There are many ways of cooking salmon belly, like steaming, boiling, baking or frying. So I’ve done all 4 mentioned methods, like steaming as you would with fish (sesame oil, lime juice), or boiling with tomyam kung or baking in a pie. Today I will just like it pan fried.

Salmon belly tomyam kung noodles

1) Ingredients for pan fried salmon belly.  I still have about 1 kg of frozen belly, n I’ll get some fresh herbs from the garden, like dill n curry leaves.

2) Depending on how many persons you’re preparing for, 1 kg may be too much, but you could keep for other meals, so here goes:-

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Salmon belly, tumeric powder, pepper, salt, fresh dill, ginger, curry leaves

3) Pat dry the salmon belly pieces, marinate with salt, pepper, tumeric powder. Chop up ginger slices n fresh dill and​ add generously to salmon belly.

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Marinate salmon belly with salt pepper tumeric sliced ginger and chopped dill

4) Ready the pan, heat it up. I will not add any oil to grease the pan but if you need to, please add minimal amount as the belly would ooze out oil as you fry the belly.

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Salmon belly oozes oil out as you fry it

5) Fry till brown n crispy.

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Fry till crispy and use paper towel to drain oil

6) Yummy crispy nutritional pan fried salmon belly is ready for serving!

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Mouthfuls of delicious melt in the mouth crackling!

7) Ready for mouthfuls of melt in the mouth but crispy skin crackling without the guilt of fatty oil? Well just go for it!

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Melt in the mouth, crispy crackling without guilt of fats – pan fried salmon belly
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