Here’s a tasty, fast and nutritious one pot meal using all fresh ingredients. I think this one may even be faster that take out, and with some substitutions can be made entirely with ingredients in your pantry or freezer.
The basic concept is that you’re steaming salmon and snap peas on top of the rice, then adding a simple flavoring sauce toward the end. Enjoy!
Salmon, Rice and Snap peas – One Pot Meal
serves two, and is easily doubled for leftovers
8 oz salmon fillet, skin off (frozen is fine)
12 oz fresh sugar snap peas (substitution: frozen petite green peas)
1 cup short grain white rice (see note below if using brown rice)
1 1/2 cups water
2 TB soy sauce
2 TB mirin
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
optional garnish: furikake, sesame oil
Put the water and rice in a medium sauce pan with a tight fitting lid. Bring to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. (This is the one pan you’ll be using, so just be sure that is big enough to hold the rice, salmon and peas.)
After 5 minutes, put the salmon fillet and then the snap peas on top of the cooking rice. Cover, and simmer for another 10 minutes. While this is cooking, mix together the mirin, soy sauce, garlic and ginger.
After the 10 minutes is up, pour the soy sauce mixture over the peas, salmon and rice. Use this opportunity to take a peek at the salmon — is it still raw looking in the middle, or is it lighter pink and beginning to flake? It’s done when it is lighter pink and beginning to flake. If it needs more cooking time, just put the cover back on and let it simmer. If it looks done, then your meal is done!
Serve with a shake of furikake or sesame seeds on top, and a drizzle of sesame oil for more flavor.
Note: If you would prefer to use short grain brown rice, just increase the first simmer time with just the rice and water to 20 minutes. All the rest of the cooking remains the same.