Stewed Potato Wedges, Tomato Salsa/Salad, Buttered Rice, Salmon Steak with Butter Garlic Sauce, and a slice of lemon
Good evening, dear friends
For the past few weeks, the weather in KL has become really hot and humid and with this kind of weather, I usually do not like to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen! Planning my dinner menu then becomes a challenge as I want the food to be enjoyable but I only want to dash into my kitchen, do the necessary chop-chop, cook-cook, clean-clean and then run out of my kitchen and have a refreshing cold shower first, before I serve dinner to my family!
This Baked Salmon Dinner was what I cooked for my family two Sundays ago and I am posting the recipes here at the request of my dear friend from the US, Helena. I hope you will find these recipes easy to follow and I can assure you that they take very little time to put together (if you follow the instructions below), but they are healthy food and taste great!
In order to be efficient in the kitchen (i.e. zip in and zip out of the kitchen), we need to plan and strategise in our mind first what needs to be done in what order.
The Tomato Salsa/Salad needs to be prepared first as it takes some time (the longer the better) for the flavours to come together -
Ingredients & Method -
5 tomatoes, washed and diced
1 large onion, peeled and diced
some chopped green onion or coriander leaves/cilantro
Juice from 1/2 a lemon (more if you like this sour)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
** just mixed all the ingredients together, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate until serving time.
Next, prepare to cook the Buttered Rice -
Ingredients & Method -
Prepare your rice as you would normally cook it. I just added the following -
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 medium onion, peeled and diced (optional as sometimes I don’t put this)
1 cube chicken stock bouillion per 3 cups of rice, crumbled
2 pandan or screwpine leaves, for added aroma (optional)
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp sugar
dash of pepper
4 tbsps butter
Note – make sure to give the rice a good stir when it boils to mix the chicken flavour and butter thoroughly
While your rice is cooking, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius or 360 degrees Fahrenheit, and go on to prepare your Salmon Steaks -
I really love the flavour and texture of salmon and it is really easy to cook. When the weather is not hot, I like to pan fry my salmon steaks in some olive oil and butter. But this time, I just baked them and they tasted very good, too!
All I did was just to rub the salmon steaks with some salt and black pepper, drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle some sliced onions and bell pepper on top…..and in they go into the oven to be baked until they are just cooked (not too long – insert a fork into the centre or thickest part of the steak to check.) The cooking duration depends on the thickness of the steaks. Mine took about 20 minutes.
While the salmon is cooking in your oven, prepare your Garlic Butter Sauce and Stewed Potatoes Wedges (actually you can roast your potato wedges, too, but at that time, I was in the mood to have them stewed instead ) -
1) To 4 tbsps of melted butter in a medium heated pan, add in 2 tbsps of chopped garlic and give it a good stir.
2) Stir in 3 tbsps of flour and give it a good stir to make a roux.
3) Then add in a cup of milk, season with salt and pepper and when it comes to a boil, the sauce is ready. Serve this with the salmon steaks.
For the Stewed Potato Wedges, the potatoes were washed and cut into thin wedges (to cut down cooking time). Heat up some olive oil in a pan, tip in the potato wedges, add enough water to just cover the potatoes, season with salt, pepper and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer covered over a low fire until they are just soft…about 15 minutes.
Voila! The Baked Salmon Dinner is ready to be served! All in, I think I only spent about 40 minutes in the kitchen preparing and cooking this meal. I hope this post will encourage you to cook up a delicious meal efficiently in as short amount of time as possible for those moments that you don’t want to slave too long over a hot stove in the kitchen, or simply for those days that you want a minimal fuss but yummy dinner!