Coconut Pancakes with Sticky Salmon and Shredded Vegetables
The salmon here is sticky and burnished on the outside, while the flesh is meltingly soft and flavoursome. It goes perfectly with the coconut pancakes and crisp vegetables.
TAKES 50 minutes
MAKES 4 pancakes
For the marinade:
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5-cm (2-in) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 tbsp mirin
75ml (2½fl oz/¹⁄³ cup) soy sauce
2 tbsp runny honey
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
a squeeze of lime juice, plus more to serve
For the coconut crêpe batter:
3 tbsp desiccated coconut
130g (4½oz/1 cup) plain (all-purpose) white flour
3 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
200ml (7fl oz/generous ¾ cup) coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled, plus extra for frying
4 skinless salmon fillets (about 500g/1lb 2oz), cut into 3-cm (1-in) chunks
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 medium carrots, coarsely grated or spiralised
1 medium cucumber, cut into ribbons with a peeler
a handful micro herbs
Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Place the salmon in a large shallow dish, pour over the marinade, and toss to coat. Set aside while you make the pancakes.
To make the coconut pancakes, toast the desiccated coconut in a dry frying pan, moving it about constantly with a wooden spoon, until pale gold. Transfer to a mixing bowl, then add the flours, sugar, and salt, and whisk to combine. Make a well in the centre. In a jug, whisk together the egg, coconut milk, 1 tbsp coconut oil, and 100ml (3½ fl oz/scant ½ cup) cold water. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the well and whisk, incorporating the flour as you go, to make a smooth batter.
Don’t overbeat or the crêpes will be tough. Set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes, then stir in 3 tablespoons of cold water to thin out a little. Heat a non-stick frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium–high heat and brush generously with coconut oil. Pour 60ml (2fl oz/¼ cup) batter into the pan, quickly swirling the pan as you go, to cover the base. Cook for 1–2 minutes until the top starts to look dry and the bottom golden. Flip and cook for a further 30 seconds and repeat with the remaining batter.
Layer them between sheets of greaseproof paper and cover loosely with foil to keep warm and set aside while you cook the salmon. Preheat the grill to high and line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange the salmon in a single layer on the baking sheet, reserving any leftover marinade.
Set the oven rack about 5cm (2in) below the grill – you don’t want it too close – and grill the salmon for 4 minutes. Turn the pieces over, brush with the remaining marinade, and cook for a further 3–4 minutes, or until just cooked through.
Distribute the salmon equally between the pancakes, top with the sesame seeds, carrots, cucumber and micro herbs. Fold over and serve immediately, with hot sauce if you like.
Posh Pancakes by Sue Quinn (Quadrille, £12.99) Photography © Faith Mason