Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Busy Person's Fish Dinner

Lime and Honey-glazed Salmon with Rice and Broccolini

We've been really busy, as most people are this time of year.  So, an easy, healthy meal like this fish dish becomes important to have in the mix.   Shopping can be done quickly and the meal is made in one pot. It can be made in less than an hour.

Cooking fish in one pot is a great technique to know.  You start the rice on the stove, then bake the whole thing in the oven. You can change the fish, the glaze, and the herbs to suit your taste. 

Most of the ingredients we had on hand, but we bought the lime, the fresh fish, broccolini and the cilantro on the way home from our trip yesterday.   We cut the recipe in half to serve two.

Lime and Honey-glazed Salmon with Rice and Broccolini
Bon Appetit, October, 2009

1/4 c. fresh lime juice
2 T. finely grated lime peel
2 T. honey
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
2 t. soy sauce
1 T. olive oil
3/4 c. sliced shallots (about 3 large)
4 5-6 ounce skinless salmon fillets
1 bunch broccolini, bottom inch trimmed, stalks separated

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Whisk together lime juice, lime peel, honey, 2 T. cilantro, and soy sauce in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Heat oil in a large deep ovenproof skillet or casserole with lid over medium-high heat.  Add shallots and saute until beginning to soften and turn brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the rice, then the broth.

Bring to a boil (this is a key step!), cover tightly with a lid, and place in oven. 

Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, clean your fish, check for bones, and salt and pepper it on both sides.  Wash broccolini and remove 1 inch from the bottom.

Remove pot from oven.  Sprinkle rice lightly with salt.  If the rice is extremely dry, add 1/4 cup or more of hot water or broth.

Arrange the fish on the rice, pressing in lightly.  Tuck broccolini around the fish, with stems anchored in the rice (so it absorbs some liquid and flavor).  Spoon 1 T. of lime mixture over each salmon.  Cover pot tightly and return to oven.

Bake until salmon is just opaque in the center and the broccolini is crisp-tender.  8 to 12 minutes.

Serve directly from the pot, and drizzle the extra sauce on top of the fish.  Sprinkle with cilantro.

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