I have been really busy lately. So busy, that I have almost missed the spring flowers that are popping up all over the city. Apparently, there are some beautiful cherry blossoms in High Park and the boulevards downtown are starting to pop with the colour of tulips and daffodils. It is my busiest season at work so getting home in time to enjoy the outdoors is not always possible.
Tonight I decided to make it happen. I saw the sunshine, the flowers and the trees. I felt the breeze on my face as I walked and I was smiling. What a great day!
When I got home, I decided the check a few of my cookbooks to find some quick, healthy dinners to get me through this busy time. I found this recipe in one of my Fine Cooking magazines. It is an easy one pan recipe that can be made in less than 30 minutes. The chinese five-spice mix and soy sauce create an Asian style salmon dish that is very tasty.
Five-Spice Glazed Salmon with Sesame Green Beans
1/4 cup honey
4 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1-1/2 tsp. five-spice powder
2 large cloves garlic, minced
Four 6-oz. salmon fillets, skin on
Non-stick cooking spray
1 lb. green beans, trimmed
2 tsp. canola oil
1 tsp. Asian sesame oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp. lemon juice
In a small bowl, whisk the honey, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and garlic. Put the salmon skin side down on a large plate and pour the honey mixture over it. Flip the fillets so they are skin side up. Let the fish marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.
Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss the green beans with the canola and sesame oils. Arrange the beans on one half of the prepared baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the salmon skin side down on the other half of the baking sheet. Brush the salmon with any remaining marinade from the plate. Broil the salmon and green beans for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, toss the green beans with tongs, and reposition the salmon pieces as needed so that they cook evenly. Continue to broil until the salmon is just cooked through and the beans are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Toss the green beans with the sesame seeds and lemon juice and serve.
Recipe from the Best of Fine Cooking Magazine-Cook Fresh edition