Grilled Salmon With Cucumbers And Black Bean Sauce

Course : Grilling
Serves: 4
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4 fillets salmon fillet -- skins and , about bones removed
6 large spearmint sprigs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 recipe black bean sauce -- (recipe follows)
6 medium Lebanese cucumbers
8 slices bacon or pancetta
1 1/2 cups fish stock
4 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup tomato peeled -- seeded and diced

Preparation / Directions:

Pull the leaves from the mint sprigs and set aside. Chop the stems coarsely and mix with the olive oil. Smear the mixture over the salmon fillets and marinate for 30 minutes. Heat 1 cup of the black bean sauce and keep it warm. Peel the cucumbers and cut them crosswise into 1 cm slices. Bake or grill the bacon until it is just crisp, and keep it warm. Wipe the marinade off the fish fillets and place them, skin side up, on a hot grill at a 45o angle. Cook for 2 minutes, turn the fillets 45o and cook for a further 2 minutes. Turn the fillets over and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes for medium rare. When you turn over the fillets, place the fish stock in a sauté‚ pan over high heat, bring to the boil and add the cucumbers. Lower the heat to medium and cook the cucumbers until tender, about 4 minutes. Add mint leaves to taste and stir in the butter until it is incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the cucumbers and their sauce on to warm plates. Place the fish on top of the cucumbers and then the bacon on the fish. Drizzle the black bean sauce over the fish and dot the plates with the diced tomatoes. Serve at once.

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