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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Steamed Salmon with Crispy Butternut Squash

I love salmon. It is the perfect healthy comfort fish for any night of the week. It is easy and works well with a whole multitude of flavors. I didn't have much time and wanted to prepare a nice salmon meal for two that would use up the contents of my refrigerator. I had half a leftover butternut squash, some sage and some fresh ginger root and not much time. I served this over a bed of quinoa. My dinner companion told me that this was the best salmon he had ever had. To cook the salmon more quickly I covered the skillet and let it steam with all the flavors from it's marinade. It took no time and was very yummy.
Steamed Salmon with Crispy Butternut Squash
(Serves 2)

1 large salmon steak
1/2 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 handful sage leaves
1/3 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon ginger powder
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
Olive oil

1. Wash salmon steak and place in a zip lock bag. Pour in orange juice, teriyaki sauce and ginger powder. Seal bag and mix around gently so that salmon is evenly coated. Place in the refrigerator and let marinate for 20 minutes to 1 hour (depending on how long you have).
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place butternut squash in the skillet and put the salmon steak in the center of the skillet. Pour left over juices from the bag over the salmon and squash. Disperse the sage leaves on the salmon and squash. Cover the skillet and let steam for 20-30 minutes. Serve over brown rice, quinoa or with fresh bread. Enjoy!

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