Gluten Free Asian Glazed Salmon with Edamame Rice RecipesI see no reason that a weeknight dinner needs to be “ordinary.” I do, however, see a whole lot of reasons why a weeknight dinner needs to be quick and easy.
After a long day of school, work, and the bazillion other things we do in a normal weekday, do we really want to sit down to something “ordinary”?
My husband likes to tell everyone he talks to that in the 253 years we have been married (my guess is that he is so happily married it seems longer than it really is – at least that’s the story I am sticking to) I have yet to make the same dinner twice.
I don’t want to burst his bubble or ruin the cool, creative rep he has created for me but we all know that could not possibly be true!
The illusion of “something different every night” is created by switching things up, taking everyday ingredients and combining them in different ways.
Take this dinner for instance; it is basically fish, rice and salad. Perfect dinner fare for a quick midweek meal. There is nothing wrong with fish, rice and salad; it is healthy, nutritious and quick. It can also be a little bit boring.
This dinner, however, is anything but boring. Spiked with Asian flavors, it turns dinner from ordinary to special!
For the salmon, I make a quick marinade out of rice wine, gluten free soy sauce and a few other pantry staples. It takes literally 12 minutes start to finish and will make you appear like a cooking rock star to those who eat it. Plain old brown rice gets a makeover with some seasoning and a little secret weapon – a packet of seasoned, freeze dried soybeans and wild rice. It is meant to be a snack but it adds great flavor and texture to simple brown rice. Our salad is really cucumbers and shredded carrots (buy them that way and save even more time) quickly pickled in a spicy rice wine vinegar mixture.
The whole meal is easy, elegant and ready in half an hour! Start the rice first, then make the quick pickles and finally do the salmon – the whole dinner will come together as if by magic.
See? No reason whatsoever for weeknight dinners to be ordinary!
Gluten Free Asian Glazed Salmon Recipe
¼ cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
4 four ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 scallions, finely sliced on the diagonal
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
In a shallow baking dish, combine the mirin, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Add the salmon fillets and let marinate for 3 minutes. Flip and let marinate on the other side.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon fillets and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the salmon over and cook for another 2 – 4 minutes, depending on how done you like your salmon. Remove from pan and pour the marinade into the hot skillet. Add the rice vinegar and cook, stirring until the sauce reduces slightly, about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the salmon, garnish with the scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Edamame Rice Recipe
2 cups water
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons gluten free soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cup brown rice
2.25 ounce bag freeze dried soybeans
Combine the water, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, rice and Grilled Edamame in a saucepan, stir to combine and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. Fluff with a fork, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
Spicy Quick Pickled Carrots and Cucumbers Recipe
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons gluten free soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded carrots
Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, black and red peppers in a medium mixing bowl. Add the cucumbers and carrots. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
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