Asian-flavored salmon brightens winter dinner
To brighten a winter evening, serve ginger-soy sauce seared salmon coated with toasted sesame seeds.
The recipe calls for wild salmon. If you can't find it fresh, use frozen wild salmon. Look for "wild caught" on the label. Try not to overcook the salmon. The general rule for cooking fish is to cook it for 8 to 10 minutes for each inch of thickness. I like to cook it for 8 minutes. The fish will continue to cook in its own heat after it is removed from the skillet.
It takes a few minutes to trim them, but fresh snow peas add a sweet crunch to the Chinese noodles. Broccoli florets can be a quick substitute. Add them to boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the Chinese noodles.
One of the niftiest food-wine pairings you'll ever try is rare, seared salmon with red, fruity pinot noir.
Sesame Seared Salmon
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• 3/4 pound wild salmon fillets
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped, fresh gingerroot or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
• 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and saute for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the honey, ginger and soy sauce together. Set aside. Turn the salmon and saute for 3 minutes for a 1-inch thick piece of salmon. Remove the skillet from the heat, spoon the sauce over the salmon and let warm in the skillet for about 30 seconds. Remove to individual dishes and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 316 calories, 14 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 78 milligrams cholesterol, 38 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 279 milligrams sodium.
Chinese Noodles With Snow Peas
• 1/4 pound Chinese noodles
• 1/4 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed
• 2 teaspoons sesame oil
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and snow peas. Let boil for 2 minutes and drain. Toss with the oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition informaton per serving: 283 calories, 7 grams fat (1gram saturated), 48 milligrams cholesterol, 10 grams protein, 45 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 15 milligrams sodium.
Here are the ingredients you'll need for tonight's Dinner in Minutes.
To buy: 1 bottle sesame oil, 3/4 pound wild caught salmon fillets, 1 jar honey, 1 small piece fresh ginger or ground ginger, 1 small bottle low sodium soy sauce, 1 container toasted sesame seeds 1 small package Chinese noodles and 1/4 pound fresh snow peas.
Staples: salt and black peppercorns.
• Toasted sesame seeds can be found in some supermarkets. If toasting your own, to save cleaning time, brown the sesame seeds in a skillet for 30 seconds, remove and use the same skillet to cook the salmon.
• Place water for Chinese noodles on to boil.
• Prepare salmon
• Make Chinese noodles.
Linda Gassenheimer is a food writer for The Miami Herald. Write to her in care of Living, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .