My Simple Baked Salmon Dinner On A Hot Day

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

some pepper

** 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! 😉

Bon Appetit! 😀

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    rozalia said,

    Dearest choesf!:)

    This time I’m speachless! I love salmon so much and the side dishes seem so yummy… I’m almost sory not being able to cook. LOL

    Thanks for sharing.Te pup with love,rose

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Te pups, dearest Rose! 😀

    Oh, you love salmon, too? It’s a really tasty and juicy fish and my husband and I love having it in many ways – raw like sashimi (Japanese sushi), pan fried, baked, smoked, or in my Japanese one pot meal called Sukiyaki.

    Hmmm 💡 …maybe with Dan’s help, you can try cooking Sukiyaki and serve it with rice …. I have posted on it at this link –

    https://happyhomemaker88.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/easy-yummy-healthy-homemade-sukiyaki-japanese-one-pot-meal/

    You can use chicken stock cubes and Chinese soy sauce as the soup base and adding a variety of vegetables, beef slices or salmon or chicken will make the soup very flavourful.

    Another idea …. move to my home (like sweetrosie has suggested yesterday at my Roast Pork/Siew Yoke post) and I’ll feed you! 😆 Big hugs to you, too!

    It is almost midnight here …good night and sweet dreams to you!

    With love and more hugs,

    choesf 😀

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    rozalia said,

    Thank you,dear choesf, for the advices. I’ll try to talk Dan in to do this. About moving to your home….hmm, it would be difficult, but a short visit would be great 🙂

    Love and hugs,as always, rose

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    sweetrosie said,

    Just beautiful dear choesf – so perfect for your hot weather. I love the look of the buttered rice.

    It’s lovely to see Rose (yoo-hoo dear Rose!) choesf, you know you are going to have to open some kind of boarding-house or something for very tired ladies don’t you? 😉 We can’t resist your allure!

    Looking forward to the next meal, I love my little visits here, they revitalize me.

    with love and a big hug xx

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, my dearest Rose and sweetrosie! 😀

    Soon, I’ll be having a great time with my 2 “roses” coming over to my house and we can all have a party getting fat together! 😆

    Actually, I have got a backlog of recipes and pictures to be posted here but I sort of lost the last 4 days to a bout of sickness – the hot weather and heaze here finally got to me and my “battery” ran out. Finally, today I am starting to feel better. 🙄 I will post my family’s favourite pork chop recipe next…so do stay tuned.. 😀

    Good night and sweet dreams from KL, ladies!

    Love and many hugs,

    choesf 😀

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    Quinn said,

    Hi choesf,
    How many cups of rice did you used for this recipe?
    I’m afraid 1 chicken cube would be too much for 2cups of rice.
    Thanks!

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    Quinn said,

    Oooppssie….
    Just saw this:

    cube chicken stock bouillon per 3 cups of rice, crumbled

    Got it now, sorry bout that

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      No problem there, dear Quinn. Hope you like the buttered rice – my family loves it with any Western style food. 😉

      Have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    r cooking said,

    I tried your dish excellent!!! I did leave out the chicken bouillion. Some people get migraines from the MSG.

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear r coking 😀

      Thank you for trying out this recipe. I’m glad it turned out great for you. Yes, MSG can cause migraines in some people. I usually buy chicken and ikan bilis “dried anchovies” stock granules that are MSG-free. 😉

      Happy Cooking!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    lucientia said,

    Hi choesf,

    Just happened to chance upon your site – your salmon meal looks delicious! I really must try out the butter garlic sauce sometime, it looks like the one ikea uses on their salmon meals too!

    By the way, what degree Celsius did you turn the oven on at? I’ve never baked salmon and would like to try ^_^ Thanks!

    Lucientia

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lucientia 😀

      Thank you for your lovely comments. My oven was preheated to 180 degrees Celcius and the salmon was baked about 15 to 20 minutes. 😉

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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