Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Dill is a popular culinary herb used in many countries around the world. With its strong flavour similar to fennel and anise combined, it is used a lot to flavour fish dishes, and is especially popular with salmon. It is also used to flavour soups and can be found in pickles, adding its unique flavour.
Depression- Consumption of this herb can help combat depression in teens and adults. The aqueous extract of dill has analgesic and antidepressant properties.
Diabetes- Possible treatment for diabetes, due to its flavonoids, terpenoids, saponins, polyphenols, tannins and alkaloid properties. From studies dill could help lower cholesterol with regular intake of this herb in various forms available. It lowers blood glucose and liver enzymes.
Vitamins- A, C, B6, Folates and Riboflavin.
Minerals- Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Sodium, Zinc and Copper.
Dill can be used in a wide variety of dishes from all over the world.For example in Poland Dill is a favourite and is used in many of there dishes. Also its used a lot in countries like Romania, Hungry, Sweden, Greece and many countries in Asia.
For me, personally, I love to cook salmon using Dill and I really love the flavour of Dill in pickles. One of my favourites being gherkins where the Dill flavour really adds a great taste.
For this simple salmon and Dill recipe I like to serve it with some sauté potatoes and garden peas, or you could use fresh steamed vegetables.
Serves 4 people
4 x Salmon fillets
2 x table spoons fresh dill or 1 x tablespoon dried dill
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
8 x lemon wedges
3 x tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Place your salmon on a chopping board or plate and sprinkle with salt, pepper and the dill and then give it a gentle rub in.
Heat a large frying pan on a medium high heat and add the extra virgin olive oil.
Then place the salmon fillets into the frying pan skin side down and turn the heat to medium and cook for about 7-8 minutes.
Now cook the salmon on its sides to seal for about 1 minute each side and another minute turning to the top of the fish, then remove from the pan and let the fillets rest for 1 minute.
Plate your potatoes and peas or vegetables with your salmon adding a lemon wedges to each plate and serve.