Super Simple Asian Salmon
When I first started cooking for others, I’d search for the most extravagant, impressive recipe I could find (which I’d never attempted before, of course), then I’d stress myself out preparing it while my guests enjoyed each other’s company in the other room.
Half of the time my hard work would pay off with lavish compliments.
The other half of the time, my friends would choke down the food while trying to force relaxed, satisfied facial expressions and tell me, “It’s really — errrr — interesting.”
I’m finally starting to learn my lesson. Now I save the challenging recipes for my BF/guinea pig and stick to trusted favorites with company.
With my parents in town this weekend, I followed my new rule (especially considering my Dad is not too keen about most of my “weird food”), and made a very Simple Asian Salmon for Sunday night’s dinner.
Despite the fact that this tasty little number only requires three ingredients besides the salmon, it’s huge on flavor — important for people who aren’t the biggest fish lovers.
While my Dad wasn’t so keen about having fish for dinner, my mom was thrilled. After a long bike ride in Santa Monica earlier in the day, she was ready to relax and not be responsible for the cooking for once.
Before I jump into that incredibly easy recipe, I’ll give you a rundown of the rest of the day.
We kicked off the morning with an amazing meal at Blu Jam Cafe, a local L.A. fav. I love having my family in town because it gives me an excuse to diverge (a little) from my usual breakfast at home.
One of these tasty meals was my Dad’s, and one was mine.
I’m sure you can guess whose was whose.
After breakfast we headed down to the sand, me with my new favorite green “Smuice” in hand.
What’s a “smuice” you ask? It’s a smoothie/juice.
I’m feeling pretty stoked about my new creation (stay tuned next week for the recipe).
While my Dad pulled a beached whale in the sand, my mom and I went for a cruise. You can rent bikes at any of the Perry’s along the coast for $10 an hour.
After a few hours catching rays, it was back to WeHo so I could catch Beauty Frosting‘s fabulous 2nd Birthday Party.
I enjoyed a glass of One Hope Wine’s Sauvignon Blanc (half of their proceeds go to charity), snagged a cupcake, and caught up with a few blogger babes (E! Online’s Jennifer Chan and of Jessica Garvey of The Hostess Handbook) before heading back home to the parental units.
After a day of semi-indulging, a simple salmon dish was just what my bod was craving.
Simple 2-Step Asian Salmon
4, 3-4 oz Salmon Fillets
4 T. Coconut Aminos
4 Tsp. Honey (or Stevia)
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 T. Coconut Oil
1. Marinate the fillets in the coconut aminos, honey, and garlic powder for at least 30 minutes.
2. Heat coconut oil on medium-high in a skillet.
3. Add fillets, skin-side down, and cook for about 6 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Total Calories: about 200 (serves 4)
This goes great with steamed or sauteed veggies doused in a little coconut aminos as well, or a side of brown rice.
My Dad — who I mentioned despises salmon — even said, “Not bad.”
I’ll take it!