Food of the Month: Grapefruit

Monday 2 February 2015 by

In heady anticipation of the summer months ahead, we are sticking with more citrus fruits this February. The grapefruit is the tangy, sharper cousin to last month’s blood orange, but is the perfect addition to brighten up any dish.

Grapefruit is delicious, and although perfect for warmer days, it is in the best season right now, when its rich juices can add depth and flavour… Plus, it helps you lose weight! Try fresh sea bream baked in a salt crust with roasted fennel and grapefruit, spicy Asian lamb and grapefruit noodle salad with ginger salad, or the delicious grapefruit and poppy seed cake. You can even show off your culinary skills with seared scallops with shaved fennel, cucumber and grapefruit or red grapefruit sorbet. This versatile fruit is perfect for fish dishes, and works well with sharp and spicy flavours – Asian dishes, fennel, and pistachio are all good starting points.

For me, I have chosen a flavoursome salmon dish, that can be served with creamy mash or buttery new potatoes, making it the ideal crossover meal for dinner.

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Sticky citrus and mustard glazed salmon – serves four

You will need:

  • Saucepan
  • Casserole dish
  • Brush to glaze (optional)

Ingredients:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 200ml grapefruit juice (or citrus juice from any of the above)
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • Small pack of chopped dill
  • 800g salmon fillets

How to do it:

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Heat the oven to 180C. In the saucepan, pour the juice, honey and mustard and boil rapidly until it‘s a sticky sauce. Meanwhile, thinly slice the fruits.

Sticky citrus and mustard glazed salmon, Salmon, Food, Health, Gluten free, Citrus, Grapefruit

At the bottom of the casserole dish, layer the slices of fruits, then scatter half the dill. Season the salmon, place on top of the fruit and brush with the sticky sauce.

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Bake for 20 minutes until the salmon is cooked through. Scatter the remaining dill over the top to serve.

Sticky citrus and mustard glazed salmon, Salmon, Food, Health, Gluten free, Citrus, Grapefruit

Serve with new potatoes or mash and plenty of fresh, bright greens (as per usual, I’ve picked perennial favourites, broccoli and asparagus). The heat from the citrus and mustard makes this a delicious meal for the cold nights, but could easily be served up at a summer barbecue!

Do you love grapefruit? What’s your favourite way to eat this sharp citrus fruit?

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