This simple recipe shows you how to broil salmon filets. The fish is flavored simply with salt, pepper and some dried dill, and broiling is an easy cooking method. You will be able to see the salmon change color, from deep pink to paler pink, and then become opaque. When it is no longer glossy in the center, it is done. Fish takes about ten minutes per inch of thickness to cook, so if you are using a one-inch thick piece of salmon it will take about ten minutes. This is just a guideline though and depends on your broiler, so keep an eye on it. It might be done after seven or eight minutes.
Couscous is an alternative to pasta, rice, or potatoes, and it is quicker to make than either of those, since you just pour boiling water over it and leave it for five minutes. For plain couscous, just put some in a measuring cup and pour boiling water on it, cover it by an inch) then cover the measuring cup with a saucer and let it sit for five minutes or until all the water is soaked up.
This recipe uses lemon juice to flavor the rice, and the onion is cooked in butter in the same pan, so some of this rich flavor will also go into the couscous. Serve this flavorful recipe with green beans or peas. If you happen to have the grill on, you can grill the salmon instead of broiling it. The results will be very similar.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1¼ cups couscous
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lb salmon filets
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1¾ cups water
- 1 lemon
- 1 sliced yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the broiler.
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon and grate a teaspoon of the zest, then set aside.
- Gently cook the onion in the butter in a pan until soft and golden brown, then remove and keep warm.
- Add the lemon juice to the same pan, and the water, and bring to a boil.
- Stir in the couscous and cover the pan, remove from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Brush the salmon with the oil and place on a broiler pan skin side down.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper and dill and broil for 8-10 minutes per inch of thickness, 6 inches from the heat source.
- Serve the salmon on top of the couscous, sprinkled with the lemon zest and topped with the onion.
This recipe is really simple and ideal for beginners in the kitchen. Broiling the salmon will give the top a nice crisp crust, which looks good and tastes fantastic. The lemon couscous has a delicate taste and the onions are juicy and flavorful. Serve this with green beans or broccoli, or even a green salad on the side. You can make this delicious meal in less than twenty minutes so if you get home hungry, why not rustle up this delicious salmon dinner? It is healthy as well as satisfying, and the whole family will enjoy the aromatic flavors.
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