I eat vegetarian much of the time, but on occasion I do really enjoy having a good piece of fish. Unfortunately, it is not in my budget to purchase it, well, pretty much ever. When a pound of lentils or beans go for a dollar, it’s tough to justify the price of fresh fish.
Knowing this, a couple months ago my amazing mother brought me 3 pounds of salmon. We sliced it up into 4 ounce pieces and tucked them into the freezer for future enjoyment.
One of the drawbacks to never buying fish is that I am relatively clueless about how to cook it properly. I am paranoid about undercooking it, although I know most fish, poultry, and meats taste their richest when cooked just enough.
Since I’ve acquired most of my cooking skills through experimentation, I’ve been attacking the salmon with the same adventuresome spirit. My two previous attempts have been okay – good complimentary flavors, but ultimately cooked too long.
Tonight I decided on a quick and easy preparation, and I was determined not to overdo the broiling time.
I whipped up a quick marinade:
- 1.5 T seasoned rice vinegar (from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1/2 T sesame oil
- 1 t agave
- 1/2″ cube fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 t ground mustard
After marinating the salmon for 20 minutes, I broiled it for about 8. I then tossed together soba noddles, green beans, shredded carrot, and water chestnuts, layered the cooked salmon on top, and drizzled the plate with the remaining marinade.
This was a definite step up. Third time’s the charm!