This year, Rosh Hashana is a doozie – two days of chag and then Shabbat. What this means in a nutshell is a lot of eating. The number of meals ahead of us from Wednesday evening until Shabbat is over is better left uncounted. So much to cook and so much to eat begs for at least one simple and light dairy meal to be added to the mix.
If you’re looking for a ridiculously quick, easy and very delicious main course, here’s a recipe for a side of salmon with light Asian flavors that is in constant demand in my house. I’m glad it is because it takes minutes to prepare and in less than half an hour it’s cooked. Try to find a nice meaty piece of salmon and make every effort not to overcook it. Don’t forget that the delicate flesh of the salmon will continue to cook a little on the hot baking tray after you’ve removed it from the oven, so remove it in plenty of time.
Add this to your repertoire and I guarantee that you’ve be making this over and over again.
1 whole fillet (side) of salmon (about 1 kg/2 lbs)
4 tablespoons Mirin
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
How to do it
1. Line a large oven baking tray with tin foil – make sure the foil is large enough to wrap around the whole salmon with space to spare. Place the salmon in the middle of the foil
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small bowl till combined and pour over the salmon. Gather up the sides of the foil, leaving space above the fish so the fish can steam when cooking. Seal all the sides very well. Leave to marinade for 10-15 minutes or even up to an hour.
3. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350ºF).
4. Bake the fish in the oven for 20 minutes. Then open up the foil and allow the fish to cook for another 5 minutes so the top can caramelize slightly. Do not overcook – test the fish by sliding a fork into the meatiest part of the fish and if it’s still just slightly under-cooked in the middle, remove the fish and let it sit for a few minutes before serving. Save the sauce to spoon over the fish when serving.
Serves about 5 as a main course.