Mirin-Poached Salmon with Spring Salad
From EatingWell: March/April 2013
Poaching fish with a little flavorful liquid may be the easiest way to cook fish! This quick poached-fish recipe stars salmon, but tuna, mahi-mahi or cod work just as well. Look for pea sprouts, also called “pea shoots,” at farmers’ markets and in well-stocked supermarkets. Or use 1 more cup thinly sliced snap peas instead.
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tablespoons mirin (see Tips)
- 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger matchsticks (see Tips)
- 1-1 1/4 pounds salmon, tuna, mahi-mahi or cod, skinned if desired, cut into 4 portions (see Tips)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup radish matchsticks
- 1 cup thinly sliced snap peas
- 1 cup pea sprouts
- Combine water, mirin, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes. Add fish; sprinkle with salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, just until opaque in the center, 4 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness).
- Meanwhile, combine radishes, snap peas and pea sprouts in a medium bowl. When the fish is done, pour the braising liquid into the bowl and toss to coat. Serve the salad on the fish.
Tips & Notes
- Look for mirin—a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine used in Japanese cooking—near other Asian ingredients in well-stocked supermarkets. Use it to add a touch of sweetness to sauces and marinades. Refrigerate for up to 6 months.
- Learn how make “matchsticks” or "julienne": Slice ingredients crosswise into very thin slices. Make a stack of 2 to 3 slices at a time, then slice into fine matchsticks (about 1/8 inch wide).
- For information about choosing sustainable seafood, visit seafoodwatch.org.
Per serving: 216 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 53 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 2 g fiber; 620 mg sodium; 666 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (31% daily value), Potassium (19% dv), Folate (18% dv), Magnesium (15% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat
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- Type of Dish
- Main dish, fish/seafood
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 30 minutes or less
- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- March/April 2013