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Celebrity Chef Jacoby Ponder’s Pan Seared Salmon

RICHMOND, Va. – Celebrity Chef Jacoby Ponder made a return trip to the Virginia This Morning kitchen to share his recipe for Pan Seared Salmon with Fresh Vegetables paired with Mediterranean style Rice. Chef Ponder is hosting two “Couples Date Night’s” the first one is just in time for Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 10th at The Links Clubhouse in Glen Allen and then again Saturday, February 25th at 555 South Independence Blvd in Virginia Beach. For more information you can visit http://www.chefjponder.com

Pan Seared Salmon

4 6-ounce salmon fillets
Salt
Pepper
Smoked or sweet paprika
Olive oil
Butter
Sprinkle the salmon fillets generously with salt and pepper, and dust with a little paprika.
Coat the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed pan with oil, add a couple tablespoons butter and place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and the butter is melted, add the salmon fillets, skin side down. Cook, without moving, until the sides are cooked just past halfway up the fillets. Flip and cook, without moving, until the sides are fully cooked, then remove from the heat for medium-rare. Serve warm. 6-ounce salmon fillet.
Mediterranean Rice

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 cups rice
2 teaspoons chicken stock powder
2 tablespoons lemon rind, grated
1⁄4 cup parsley, chopped
black pepper
boiling water

DIRECTIONS
Heat oil & saute onion & garlic until tender, stir in rice.
Add boiling water until pan is 3/4 full. Bring to boil, stirring.
Stir in stock & rapid boil for 10-12 mins or until tender, drain well.
Return to pan adding lemon rind, parsley & pepper, toss well to combine.