Date Night Dinner: Seared Salmon with Braised Broccoli


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds wild Alaskan salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 4 portions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 heads broccoli (1-1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup water

Preparation

  1. Season salmon with half the rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon salt at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour before cooking. Cut the broccoli into florets with 2-inch-long stalks. Remove the tough outer layer of the stalk with a vegetable peeler. Cut the florets in half lengthwise.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large wide saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add raisins, pine nuts and the remaining rosemary; toss to coat with oil. Cook, stirring, until the pine nuts are fragrant and beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the broccoli, season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to combine. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water has almost evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon, skinned-side up, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the salmon over, remove the pan from the heat and let stand until just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.
  4. To serve, divide the broccoli among 4 plates. Top with salmon and spoon raisins, pine nuts and any liquid remaining in the pan over the salmon.

I plan on cooking two meals for dinner tomorrow night. My son’s birthday is this week and we have a birthday tradition that involves each person selecting their menus for that week. My wonderful picked all not so healthy meals so him and his sisters will get to eat everything he selected while the hubby and I have a special salmon dinner.  This meal should take about 40 minutes to prepare, I hope you enjoy it.

I thank you for stopping by and I hope that you do find something meaningful and helpful during this visit. I have not been as active here these past few weeks because of school work. I am still trying to find a balance between trying to run a small business from home, school, children, husband and me time. I would like to know how some women do it so effortlessly because I do lose my cool once in a while. Anywho, I better get back to my little diva who has decided to stay up all night.

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