by Kate Vaynshteyn of www.babaganosh.org

Great big “one-pot meals” that feed a crowd and keep well as leftovers are great and all, but they hardly work for every occasion.

Sometimes you need a more intimate dish that will impress.

Are you having a pair of friends over for a small dinner party? Maybe the kids are out of the house and you want to plan a special dinner for a special someone? Perhaps you just want to expand your culinary skill set with different ingredients? Whatever the occasion, you will certainly be looking for a certain kind of recipe. One just like this.

This recipe screams sophistication and is bound to impress the eyes and mouths of whoever you cook it for. The dirty secret of this dish though: it couldn’t be simpler to prepare! For all the flash and flair of the final product, it is simple to prepare and has a limited list of ingredients.

Elegance and ease are the themes for this recipe from our food blogger Kate.

Start with the relish, a mixture of sweet mangos, bell peppers, Randall Beans black beans and a helping of other fresh ingredients. A little lime juice helps give the relish a little acidity and makes the mangos, beans and peppers more tender.

Blackened seasoning is cajun incarnate and is perfect with salmon. The blackened salmon has smoky and spicy flavors that masterfully paired with the sweetness of the relish for amazing flavor. Blackening or cajun season can be bought at any regular grocery store. But, if you want to try and make some of your own, try mixing paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil and oregano together.

Some people are intimidated by cooking with fish, but you shouldn’t be. We told you this was going to be easy remember? After you give it a liberal amount of seasoning on each side, cooking it in a frying pan with olive oil briefly on each side. Fish cooks pretty quick so you won’t need more than 2-3 minutes each.

Serve it up with rice or the side dish of your choice and there you have it! An aesthetically pleasing, mouth-watering, down-right delicious and simple dinner in less than a half an hour. What more do you need? Bon appetite!

Blackened Salmon with Mango Black Bean Relish

Blackened Salmon with Mango Black Bean Relish

Ingredients

  • 1 mango
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 14-oz jar Randall Beans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ¼ tsp. salt (or more to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 salmon fillets, about 5 oz each
  • 4 tsp. Cajun seasoning (use more or less to taste, or try it with chili powder instead!)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

    For Relish:
  1. Peel and dice the mango into small 1/4 - 1/3 inch pieces. Remove the seeds and the pith from the red bell pepper and dice the bell pepper into pieces about the same size as the mango.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the diced mango, bell pepper, black beans, cilantro leaves, scallions, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to come together while cooking the salmon.
  3. For Salmon:
  4. Season each salmon fillet with about 1 teaspoon Cajun spice. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, and cook the salmon over high heat about 2-3 minutes per side, or until desired doneness.
  5. To serve, place the salmon over your side dish of choice, such as rice or mashed potatoes, and top with the mango black bean relish.
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