Tonight I made use of the other half of my large salmon filet from Costco, and whipped up some Asian Salmon for dinner…made with salad dressing!
Truth! I picked up some Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette at Trader Joe’s when I was in Minneapolis last weekend (word to you lucky Omaha peeps who are the proud new owners of a TJ’s!!!) and knew right away it would be delish.
I like using salad dressing for marinating and sauteing salmon in (or chicken, or shrimp, for that matter!), because it does a really great job of permeating the fish and giving it tons of flavor. Plus, it’s pre-made – you just have to grab it out of your fridge!
I marinated my filets for ~10 minutes, then cooked them up the same way I usually do - only this time, I added the remaining marinade to the skillet after I flipped the filets and took off the skin. It made the salmon nice and crusty!
It depends on the size of your filet, but I cooked mine for ~3-4 minutes per side, until it was still slightly bouncy and pink in the center. Like buttah, I tell ya’!
I placed my salmon on a bed of Asian CousCous Stir Fry…at least, that’s what I’m calling it!
I cooked up 1/3 cup Israeli CousCous in 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup chicken broth. Meanwhile, I microwaved some broccoli for 2 minutes, cut up 2 green onions and got 2 big handfuls of baby spinach ready.
When the salmon filets were done, I removed them to a plate and added another tablespoon of vinaigrette to the hot pan. I threw my spinach in and after it wilted, added in the broccoli, green onion and cooked couscous. Stir until everything is coated in the sauce, and you’re done!
I adored the Israeli couscous in here because it’s similar in texture to Japanese Udon Noodles, which fit in really well with the Asian theme of the dish!
That Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette is incredible too - slightly salty, with little punches of sweetness. I just loved it! The tender veggies soaked it right up – YUM!
In other news, my inner nerd – the one who enjoys touring Living History Farms & southern plantations (ugh I miss NOLA), and aspires to be a Japanese historian – rejoiced when I found out that America: The Story of Us is on the History Channel tonight! I shall be learning how we got from the tiny settlements of Plymouth, MA, to fighting for our independence in the Revolutionary War…all while decorating sugar cookies. What fun! ;)
What were your favorite subjects in school?
Mine were home ec (obvi) and ceramics. My Mom and Dad still display all my random, clay creations on shelves in their house!! Funnily enough, I remember history class being snoozeville. I don’t know how I came to love it as much as I do now!