500 calories; $3.00 / serving
I made this for my dad once, and he told me I should open a restaurant. He’s always been a sucker for “fancy” unique dishes. I took the compliment, having no interest in opening a restaurant even to this day.
Getting paid to cook would really take the joy out of it for me. Cooking has become my love language, and I wouldn’t want a dime for it in return. Sure paychecks are nice, but have you ever watched a free hot meal made with love change someone’s whole day (or life?)
- 3 cups white rice, cooked
- 2 TBS minced, peeled fresh ginger (or 1 tsp dried)
- 3 1/2 TBS sugar
- 1 Thai red chili, chopped (optional)
- 10 small garlic cloves (2 chopped)
- 2 TBS lime juice
- 2 TBS Asian fish sauce
- 1 cucumber, seeded cut into thin strips
- 2 TBS vegetable oil
- Four 6-ounce salmon fillets
- Salt/ pepper
Pound the ginger with the sugar, chili and chopped garlic to a coarse paste. Transfer the paste to a bowl and stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of water, the lime juice and the fish sauce. Add the cucumbers.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add the salmon to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the whole garlic cloves. Turn the salmon and cook over moderate heat until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes.
Mound the rice in bowls. Top with the salmon, garlic cloves and ginger-lime sauce with cucumber strips and serve. Pass any extra sauce at the table.