Friday, February 27, 2015

Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really. - Lemon Pepper Salmon

I use to categorize salmon in the "way over my head" category when it comes to cooking. After all, this is the "Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really" series. Tim cooked it from time to time and it was always delicious. I just stuck with making the sides. 

But then we discovered something at our local Kroger and, just like that, salmon has gone from daunting to downright delightful. 

Allow me to explain. Instead of picking out your salmon from the pre-packed section, go up to the seafood counter. (If you can stand it. I make Tim go because all of the raw fish/crab/octopus and fish without heads grosses me out). Ask them for salmon (choose the weight depending on how many people who are serving). Then ask them to put lemon pepper seasoning on it. 

The nice man behind the counter will weigh the fish, rub it down, and then package it up nicely in this handy little cooking bag. Once you get home and read it, you'll see that you simply cook the salmon in the bag. IN THE BAG people! The three most beautiful words for all of the "cooking-less-fortunate".

1. Assemble the ingredients.
  • Salmon
  • Rice
  • Asparagus
  • Olive Oil

This recipe is SO easy, that I failed to take photos as I went along. But don't fret, if I can do it, YOU can do it!

2. Stab some holes in the salmon bag, pop it on a cookie sheet and pop that in the oven. All while keeping it IN THE BAG. Read the bag to get oven temperature and how long to cook it (depends on how many ounces you got). Ours called for 22 minutes at 350.

3. While the salmon is doing its thing in the oven, put a frying pan on the stove, pour in some olive oil and toss in your asparagus. I cut about half an inch of the ends off before I cook them but not sure that's really necessary. Cook until a bright green color and do a quick taste test to make the crunch to your liking. These usually only take 5-7 minutes.

4. When you have about 2 minutes left of the salmon pop your Uncle Ben's rice package in the microwave for 90 seconds. We use traditional white but get whatever kind you like! I tossed in a little soy sauce, too.

Boom. Done. In under 30 minutes you have perfectly peppered salmon over a bed of white rice, and some healthy (and tasty!) asparagus on the side.

And yes, I couldn't even wait to take a picture before I started eating.. it was too tempting!

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