All day today I was craving fish. While I do tend to eat way more beef than I should, I really do love fish….cooked or raw (sashimi). I made the best dinner tonight. A nice piece of salmon, pan seared and drizzled with soysauce and butter. Some Japanese seasoned rice and some sautéed bean sprouts. Now, don’t go wrinkling your nose at the bean sprouts. You will love them cooked the way that I cook them. It was a very common side dish with my family, growing up. They are sautéed in just a wee bit of oil, some soy sauce and lots of black pepper. Then you crack an egg into it. The egg gets all scrambled and mixed in with the sprouts. Sound horrible? Trust me….they are delicious. Simple, crunchy and yummy. Actually, they are pretty healthy too. I just KNOW you will love them. Let me know if you try them…whether you like them or not!
Salmon and Rice With Soy Sauce Butter
Cooked rice: I just mixed it with some Japanese seasoning called Furikake. There are so many flavors, but this one is basically toasted sesame seeds and crushed, dried Nori (seaweed). I won’t confuse you with a lot of info on this, since there are so many kinds. Plain white rice works just fine and is what I normally use. To mold it, I just packed some into a little bowl and dumped it onto my plate.
Fresh salmon filets (make as many as you need) I made one, so these quantities are for one 10 ounce filet.
2 tblsp butter
2 tblsp soy sauce
juice of a half of a lime or lemon
Place your salmon in a skillet, with a tablespoon of oil. Fry for a minute, and then add 1/4 cup water to the skillet. Add 1/2 cup of water if doing 3 or more filets. Cover pan with a lid. Cook like this for 4 minutes or to desired doneness. Once cooked, add butter and soy sauce. Give the pan a little swirl around the filets. Remove the filets and pour the sauce over them. Serve with rice and sprouts, or your choice of veggies. Note: I add the water because I like really moist fish. If you like it drier, leave out the water.
Bean Sprouts (takes 5 minutes)
1 lb of bean sprouts (feeds 2)
1 egg, slightly beaten with a fork
few splashes of soy sauce, approx. 3 tablespoons
1 tsp black pepper, or more
In a good size skillet, sprinkle a small amount of oil. Add bean sprouts and toss around just a bit. Add the soy sauce and egg. Stir around till the egg is all cooked. Add the black pepper. Give it a good toss.