Cambodian Style Salmon Dip
The Cambodian Style Salmon Dip is a beloved dish in Southeast Asia that offers a unique preparation method for salmon. Instead of the typical salt and pepper seasoning, the salmon is baked with butter and brown sugar, enhancing its flavor profile. The result is a delightful blend of sweet and savory notes that complement the natural taste of the fish.
To create this dish, begin by wrapping a clean fresh salmon in foil with slices of butter and a few tablespoons of brown sugar. This combination adds richness and caramelized sweetness to the salmon as it bakes. Additionally, fried shallots and roasted peanuts are included in the dressing, providing a crunchy texture and aromatic flavor.
The vegetables platter for this dish includes a variety of fresh ingredients such as lettuce or watercress, a medley of herbs like mints, Vietnamese mints, Thai basil, and cilantro, along with sliced fresh cucumber and bean sprouts. These elements contribute to the dish’s vibrant and diverse texture.
Two types of dressings are prepared for this recipe: a tamarind dressing and a lime dressing. The tamarind dressing combines sugar, fish sauce, boiling water, minced garlic, thinly sliced shallots, tamarind concentrate, and minced Thai chilies. The lime dressing consists of sugar, boiling water, fish sauce, lime juice, minced Thai chilies, and minced garlic. Both dressings are mixed together and their flavors are adjusted to taste.
To serve, arrange the lettuce, herbs, and cucumber on a platter. The baked salmon is then wrapped in these fresh ingredients and dipped in the prepared dressings, creating a harmonious fusion of flavors and textures. This dish is traditionally enjoyed with cooked rice in Southeast Asia, offering a balanced and satisfying culinary experience. Don’t forget to add the fried shallots and roasted peanuts to the dressing for an extra layer of flavor and crunch.
|1/2 of clean fresh Salmon wrap in foil with few sliced of butter
|2 to 3 tablespoon of brown sugar
|1 tablespoon of Fried shallots add to the dressing before serving
|1 tablespoon of Roasted peanut add to the dressing before serving
For the vegetables platter
|Any kind of lettuce you like or water crests
|Lot of herbs like mints, Vietnamese mints, Thai basil, cilantro ect
|Fresh cucumber sliced
|Fresh bean sprouts
For the Tamarind Dressing
|1/2 cup of sugar (more or less up to you)
|1/2 cup of fish sauce use 3 crabs fish sauce is best
|1/2 cup of boiling water (let it cool before you mix it)
|3 cloves of minced garlic
|2 shallots thinly sliced
|1/4 cup of tamarind concentrate (do adjust to your test of sourness)
|3 Thai chilies minced
|Mix everything together in a bowl, taste and adjust the flavor. Set aside
For lime dressing
|1/2 cup of sugar
|1/2 cup of boiling water
|1/2 cup of fish sauce
|2 limes juice adjust the sourness to your liking.
|3 Thai Chilies more or less up to you.
|3 cloves of minced garlic
|Mix everything together in a bowl, adjust the flavor
Directions to make Cambodian Style Salmon Dip
- Mix everything together in a bowl, adjust the flavor (most dressing will taste better after few hours)
- When ready to serve arrange all the lettuce, herbs, and cucumber on a serving platter.
- Wrap cooked Salmon with lettuce, herbs, and cucumber dip in the dressing and enjoy! Southeast Asian serve this recipe with cooked rice.
- Make sure you add fried shallots and Roasted Peanut to the dressing
Related Recipe: Cambodian Style Salmon Cake
Serving Size: 2
Calories Per Serving: 516