Friday, 13 June 2014

It Doesn't Get More Maritime Than This.

So you might be thinking what are those funny looking green things anyways?
They are called fiddleheads! They are the furled frond of a young fern and are cut before the frond opens in late spring. It was not until I moved back to the Maritimes that I was introduced to these little green curly delights. There is actually many health benefits to eating these. They are a source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and also contain high amounts of iron and fiber. Some have classed these in the "super foods" category.

So what do I do with them? Well after a good cleaning I typically steam or boil them. Once they are cooked the water is drained and I toss them with a bit of salt, butter and sometimes vinegar.

So traditionally speaking a fiddlehead dinner would not be complete without some Atlantic salmon.  What I like to do is marinate the salmon in about 1/2 cup of soy sauce, pinch of ginger and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. I let this sit for usually 6-8 hours or less if I am short on time. I transfer the salmon to a baking dish lined with tinfoil and cook at 400F for about 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes. To caramelize the top I broil the fish for a few minutes so it gets nice and golden brown.

When cooked this way the salmon has a sweet taste which means the kids even eat it. As for the fiddleheads my youngest and I like them the most. I guess two out of four isn't that bad.

Happy Fiddle'in 


  1. Wow those green things look so funny :D but good funny... they look like they'd be quite delicious! Your salmon looks beautiful too xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. Yes the fiddleheads definitely have a "look" all their own. Thanks for your comment Gemma.

  2. I have never heard of those before! They looks super good though!

    1. Yes, they are good. You can only get them for a short period of time so people buy pounds and eat enough to make them not want anymore for another whole year, ha ha. I really appreciate your comment Courtney. Take care!