NOTE: Eeep, I was going through my drafts and just realized that this was never published! Oh what a night that was! Definitely do give the ginger jasmine right a try, so good! Hope you all enjoy reading our fun date night! Have a wonderful day, xoxo!
We had a large filet of salmon so we decided to do a cook-off challenge, appropriately dubbed “Battle of the Salmon Steaks”.
The challengers: Kat vs. Boyfriend
The boyfriend made his specialty,baked salmon à la mon ami…
I remade an old favorite, but this time with salmon…
It’s really hard to say who the winner is because both salmon dishes taste delish in its own right! His is packed with buttery goodness, whereas mine is crisp and spicy.
I made ginger jasmine rice as a side dish for these salmons. The rice is packed full of gingery flavor, and who knew ginger and garlic would go so well together? I just love simple rice dishes like these! Let me know if you have other rice dishes I should try!
Do you do cook-off competitions at home?
Blackened Cajun Salmon
- salmon filet
- cajun/creole spice mix
- olive oil
- Rinse and pat the salmon fillet dry. Completely coat both sides of the fillet with the cajun mix, and shaking off any excess.
- Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat, and pour some olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once the pan is hot and sizzling, and cook until blackened, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes until blackened.
Baked Salmon À La Mon Ami
- roasted garlic herb compound butter (or butter)
- olive oil
- dried herbs (oregano, rosemary)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Rinse the filet of salmon with cold water and pat the salmon dry.
- Rub both sides of the salmon with olive oil.
- Season with salt, pepper and any dried herbs according to your taste preferences.
- Coat the top of the salmon with a compound butter.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon.
- Serve immediately.
Ginger Jasmine Rice (adapted from Food.com)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 cup jasmine rice
- 1 cup water
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Heat butter or oil in pan over medium to low heat. Saute garlic, ginger & salt for about a minute at most or until fragrant. Add rice and stir well.
- Add liquid. Bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat, simmer about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice tender.
My boyfriend, the chef, hehe. Another she eats, he cooks moment :)
This is such a lovely quick and easy idea for a lazy date night meal!
Fish bones scare the bejesus out of me because I always end up choking lol. Therefore, salmon is my favorite fish to eat because it usually comes filleted and boneless (which is key :).
Baked salmon is so delicious and super easy to prepare!! All you have to do is rub both sides of the fish with a little olive oil, season the top (skinless) side with s+p, any of your favorite herbs (he used dried rosemary and a little bit of dried oregano) and slather some super yummy roasted garlic/basil herb butter. How easy!
Last but not least, the all important Valentine’s Day dinner!
Nothing says “I love you” more than having a home-cooked meal prepared by your love!
Check out some quick and easy dinner ideas that doesn’t require you to stand all night over a hot stove…
Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes (recipe here):
Balsamic-Garlic Crusted Roasted Pork Tenderloin (recipe here):
Quattro Formaggio, Spinach and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese (recipe here):
Stuffed Flank Steak with Prosciutto and Wild Mushrooms (recipe here):
Yum! Can you just envision any of these dishes on a beautifully dressed table? Or for a more cozy romantic feel, why not have a DIY picnic by the fireplace? Now that’s romance!
Hope you all enjoyed these ideas for Valentine’s Day dinner! If you have any other suggestions, please do share! I still have a menu that needs planning :)