For An Impressive Meal in Six Simple Steps
An Easy, Easy Recipe
Fancy On The Outside, Simple On The Inside
An alternate version of this article was initially published on Harper’s blog “The Doing Is The Thing” (find a link to her website here).
As someone who constantly craves sesame chicken, I always look for ways to make my favorite food a little bit healthier. Now that I’ve left the dorm and entered my twenties, cooking has become my new favorite hobby, mostly because it saves money! When you have rent, student loans, and your health to worry about, cooking is the way to go. Plus, it’s so relaxing; it’s like meditating but you get a delicious feast afterwards!
Growing up in rural Vermont, I was not often exposed to great seafood. So now that I am living in a coastal city, I try to eat as much of it as I can (afford). While seafood can be expensive, there are ways to get it cheap.
Your best bet is to get the frozen packages from either Trader Joe’s, Ralph’s, or [insert local grocery store here]. Example: I was at Ralph’s just last week and found a family-sized bag of frozen salmon fillets for just under $13.00. And these fillets are MASSIVE. No lie, they are the length of my forearm. You could easily piece these in half and double your stock.
So, with my fondness for seafood, paired with my new passion for cooking and that sweet and savory flavor of sesame chicken, I have created a dish that I now make and eat about twice a week: Soy-Ginger Sesame Salmon with Quinoa and Green Beans.
Sounds fancy, right?! You could easily impress a date with this dish. And yet, it’s so easy to make!
Make it Happen
Most of the work in this recipe comes from actually going to get the ingredients.
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar/red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 inch/ 1/2 tablespoon ginger (grated or paste)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon cornstarch
As many sesame seeds as your heart desires
Quinoa– suggested: Trader Joe’s Organic Tri-Colored Quinoa (only $4.99 and lasts me about 1-2 weeks)
Salmon– suggested: Kroger/Ralph’s Wild-Caught Pink Salmon
Green Beans– suggested: Trader Joe’s Trimmed & Cleaned Green Beans (I use these because they stay crunchy and fresh even after the microwave!)
Step 1: Thaw your salmon (if it’s not already).
Step 2: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Step 3: Bake your salmon for at least 15 minutes (tip: if you prefer your seafood cooked a little more, leave it in for another 5 minutes).
Step 4: Boil the quinoa for approximately 10-12 minutes (until it is soft, like oatmeal).
Step 5: Mix all of the sauce ingredients into a bowl (tip: use a whisk to help break down the non-liquids).
Step 6: Steam or microwave your green beans for 2-3 minutes.
Once everything is baked, boiled, steamed/microwaved, plate your food, add the sauce, and indulge!
Are you going to try this amazing and easy Soy-Ginger Sesame Salmon with Quinoa and Green Beans recipe? Want to try whipping it up for you and a special someone? Making it for yourself?
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