I’ve said this before on a previous post, but I feel led to reiterate it.
I really love meat.
I also really love fish.
Well, not really love, but I do adore a good salmon (see also Cod, Hake and Catfish).
To be honest, I’ve never really experimented with other types of fish, so I have no idea whether I like them or not.
(basically I could never be vegetarian/vegan in this life or the next. Disclaimer: I have nothing against them- do what makes you happy innit)
Anyway, due to the vicissitudes of life it had been a while since inspiration hit me kitchen-wise but recently I found myself craving the soft, flaky texture of a good Salmon fillet and after looking at the ingredients I had in my fridge, I knew exactly what to pair it with to satisfy the craving within.
Also, for some very weird reason, I like eating most of my food out of a bowl. My father says it’s the village girl in me, but I think it’s because I am incredibly lazy and hate the formality of eating from a flat plate and using proper cutlery. Ugh.
But I digress. On with the show!
- Salmon Fillets (I prefer going to a fishmonger than buying fish pre-packed)
- Basmati Rice (2 cups)
- Pak Choi (200g pack can be found in most big supermarkets)
- Tenderstem Broccoli (250g pack)
- Sesame oil – 2tbsp
- Soy Sauce – 2tbsp
- Chilli flakes
- Chinese 5 spice
- 2 cloves of Garlic (chopped into fine pieces)
- Chopped Ginger
- 1 or 2 Bird Eye Chillies (or regular thin chillies)
- 1 stock cube (maggi/knorr)
- 1 Lime
- 1 knob of butter
Prep time – 10 mins
- In a bowl, place the salmon fillets and season with sesame oil, soy sauce, 1 clove of finely chopped garlic, half the amount of chopped ginger, stock cube, and a dash of chilli flakes and Chinese 5 spice.
- Leave the fish to marinate for 5 minutes.
- Before cooking, cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice of half a lime onto the fish.
- Wrap the individual fillets in foil to create foil parcels and cut the remaining lime half into slices and put on the fillets before closing the parcels.
The purpose of the parcels is to allow the salmon to cook in it’s own juices and to give you something to pour on the rice once ready.
Cooking time – 30 mins
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees (gas mark 5)
- Place the salmon on an oven tray and leave to bake for 15 minutes, checking intermittently.
- Wash the rice and put into a saucepan.
- Pour 3 cups of boiling water into the saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Once the rice starts to boil, lower the heat and cover the saucepan with a tight fitting lid.
- Leave the rice to simmer for about 15 minutes then remove from heat and leave to steam in the saucepan for a further 2-3 minutes.
- While the rice is cooking, sauté the pak choi, broccoli and chopped up birds eye chillies in the knob of butter and season with the remaining ginger and garlic. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for aesthetics.
- Serve the rice with the salmon and sautéed vegetables in a bowl and enjoy!
Extra tip: don’t lick your fingers after throwing away the lime slices because baked lime tastes like sorrow.