Simple salmon feels like a dinner party
This stellar weeknight meal takes advantage of everyday ingredients.
The centerpiece is salmon. The fillets are easy to prepare and quick to cook, making them the perfect protein for easy weeknight dinners. And salmon can take on many different flavors.
Miso rice adds a fragrant, earthy pairing for the silky, fatty salmon. The sweet-salty miso is whisked into the rice water before cooking, making the rice super savory, nutty and sticky.
The rice complements other seafood, too, like cod, shrimp and scallops. It’s also a great accompaniment to grilled steak and roasted chicken.
Mixing in the miso is a simple little technique that results in big flavor, but you could also add unexpected seasonings whenever you make rice. Try mushroom stock in place of water, or whole spices, like cinnamon sticks, star anise and cardamom pods, to perfume the rice.
The rest of the recipe is just as adaptable. No cabbage? Use whichever vegetable or greens you have on hand. Out of ginger and scallions? Add a little garlic, red-pepper flakes or sesame seeds to enhance the dressing. The zesty vinaigrette brightens anything you put it on, so incorporate it into your weeknight rotation. Double it, and keep it in the fridge for up to a week to spoon over greens, beans, eggs and pasta.
Choose king salmon for rich buttery flavor. If you’re looking for something leaner that still has
big flavor, try sockeye. Coho is your pick for a milder tasting fish.
Prepare the entire
meal while the rice cooks, and you’ll have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.
This roasted salmon dish uses ingredients you may already have in the cupboard or fridge.