Because of all of its amazing health benefits, wild-caught salmon is a fish that you should incorporate into your weekly meal plans. Not only is it great from a nutrition perspective, but it’s a fast cooking source of protein that can cut down on your dinner making time during the week. While mild white fishes get the credit for being extremely versatile, salmon can also be used in a wide variety of ways and with a plethora of different flavors.
We’re sharing a simple one-pan salmon dinner for four that requires minimal prep and delivers delicious flavor. This is Salmon- with an Asian takeout twist. You’ll get your healthy fats from coconut oil, protein from the salmon, carbohydrates from the brown rice, and plenty of fiber and green veggie goodness from the snap peas. It’s fast- easy- and gluten free. What else do you need to know?
Until March 10 at Whole Foods Market…
Wild-Caught King Salmon Fillets are on sale $17.99/lb. (reg. $24.99/lb- save $7/lb)
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed (or four smaller cuts of salmon)
1 tbl. coconut oil, melted
Kosher salt and pepper
4 ounces sugar snap peas
1/3 cup coconut aminos
4 green onions, trimmed and sliced
2 tbl. rice vinegar
1 tbl. grated ginger
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp. honey
1. Mix the rice and 2 1/3 cups water in a medium, deep skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, for 20-25 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, if you bought a whole salmon fillet, slice the salmon on a diagonal into four ¾-inch thick pieces. Season each fillet with ¼ tsp. each of salt and pepper
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, scallions, rice vinegar, grated ginger, garlic, and honey. Set aside.
4. After the rice has cooked for 20-25 minutes, check to see how much water is absorbed. When most of the water has been absorbed (but not completely- you need some water to steam the salmon and peas!), stir in the coconut oil and then add the salmon on top. Once you add the salmon, cover and cook 7 minutes more.
5. Scatter the peas over the salmon and rice. Cover and cook until the rice and peas are tender and the salmon is opaque and beginning to flake, 3-5 minutes.
6. Re-whisk the sauce and spoon over the salmon, rice, and peas.
Tip: You could also cook the rice ahead of time and simply pan cook the salmon brushed with ½ of the sauce (about 4-5 minutes per side over medium heat) and saute the snap peas for 5-10 minutes in some coconut oil + salt and pepper.
Allison is the Metro Healthy Eating Specialist for the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, and Tenleytown Whole Foods Market locations. She loves to help customers find their healthy eating balance. She offers a plethora of free services including, one on one consultations, store tours and events, food and recipe advice, and coaching on how to make healthy choices. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions, plan an event, or to set up a consultation.