The Perfect Date Night Salmon Dinner

The Perfect Date Night Salmon Dinner

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The Perfect Date Night Salmon Dinner
The Perfect Date Night Salmon Dinner. If you love Salmon, then you’re gonna love this Salmon dish made by the fabulous Brazil born, Queens, New York raised, Marcel Cocit.

Read on to get this delicious recipe from Marcel Cocit, who was competing this past week for the title of “The Best Chef on the Block” on The Chew…

Marcel Cocit was on The Chew this week to compete for the title of “The Best Chef on the Block” on The Chew.

He didn’t make it to the finals, but we are loving his Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce and Cauliflower Mash.

Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce and Cauliflower Mash Recipe:

Chimichurri Sauce:

2-4 cloves garlic (peeled, to taste)
1/2 sweet onion (peeled, roughly chopped)
1 cup fresh Italian parsley (firmly packed)
1 cup fresh cilantro (firmly packed)
1/4 cup fresh oregano (leaves only)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice (optional)
1 and 1/4 cups mild olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 (8-ounce) skinless salmon filets
1 recipe chimichurri sauce

Cauliflower Mash:

2 heads cauliflower (leaves removed, cut into florets)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup half and half
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped, to garnish)
1 sprig fresh rosemary (to garnish)


  • For the Chimichurri Sauce: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, add garlic, onion, parsley, cilantro, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar, lime juice and salt and pepper and pulse until finely chopped.
  • With the processor on low speed, slowly stream in olive oil until fully incorporated and mixture has thickened.
    Remove to a medium bowl and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • For the Salmon: Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • In a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat, add olive oil and warm through. Place salmon top side down and sear until halfway cooked through. Flip and transfer to oven for 8-10 minutes or until desired doneness has been reached.
  • Transfer salmon to a serving platter and garnish with chimichurri sauce over the top. Serve with cauliflower mash.
    For the Cauliflower Mash: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until tender about 10-12 minutes. Drain cauliflower and return to pot over medium heat. Add butter, half and half and stir to coat. Using a hand-held blender, blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

    Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Garnish with chopped parsley and a sprig of rosemary. Serve hot.
    Tip: Use any leftover chimichurri sauce drizzled over some grilled skirt steak!

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