Tuesday, November 27, 2012

White Wine and Lemon-Steamed Salmon Cooked on Broccoli

During the calorically dense holiday season, it makes sense to have a couple of fish, poultry, or vegetable dishes to pull out of your back pocket.  This dinner is simple to cook, but the taste is anything but.  Sauté a small, chopped onion with some garlic and add broccoli.  Next, splash in white wine and fresh lemon juice.  Add a couple of salmon filets, cover, and that's it.  The vegetables become quite tender (don't start them ahead if you want them really crisp) and are infused with the citrusy-wine sauce.  In short, they're luscious.  The salmon is very moist-- cooked barely done, and isn't all hopped up with fancy or fattening sauces.  It reeks of itself...just as it should.  There's enough for two nights or for you and a friend.  Try this:

wine and lemon-steamed salmon cooked on broccoli 
2 servings
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped       
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 lemon, juiced and cut into fourths
  • 1/2 cup white wine  (can sub chicken stock)
  • 2 6-8 ounce salmon filets    
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper  
To a deep 12-inch skillet or saute pan, add two of the teaspoons of olive oil and the crushed red pepper.  Heat over medium heat for a minute or so and add onion.  Cook two minutes and add garlic; cook for another minute. Add broccoli.  Stir in lemon juice, white wine and quartered lemon.  Season with a sprinkle each of salt and pepper.  Let cook just a minute.

Lay salmon on top of the broccoli.  Drizzle fish with the rest of the olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Cover tightly and let cook until fish is just cooked through.  Check at six minutes; you may need a couple more minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet.  

Fish should be barely firm and still moist.  Garnish with cherry tomatoes.  Serve hot with parsley rice, if desired.    

                                I hope your Thanksgiving was full of giving thanks!
If you liked this...you might like my Salmon Chowder, which is made from leftover salmon:

Have fun cooking and taking care of yourself,

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