Cooking with fish is a great healthy way to create a quick, flavorful meal for you and your family. Fish needs little time to marinate in comparison to meat or chicken making it the ideal dish for those nights when you are on the go. Fish can be poached, broiled, roasted, or fried, and served with an endless assortment of vegetables, rice, sauces, or potatoes. This recipe is for an Asian-inspired salmon with a spicy sake marinade. Throw in steamed rice and you have an almost instantly delicious dinner. For the recipe,

Sake Salmon and Rice
From Nigella Lawson

1 teaspoon English mustard, or wasabi paste*
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon garlic or chili oil
1 tablespoon sake
2 salmon fillets
1 cup basmati rice
2 cardamom pods
Sauce for salmon and rice:
1/4 cup sake
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce or brown rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon English mustard, or wasabi paste
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, to garnish

*Note: If you can't find English mustard, substitute wasabi paste.

  1. In a freezer bag, combine the mustard or wasabi paste, Worcestershire sauce, soy, oil, and sake and add the salmon fillets. Leave to marinate for about 20 minutes.
  2. Follow packet instructions for the rice, or rice-cooker handbook or just put rice in a pan, bruise cardamom pods and chuck them in too, and put double the volume of water as you have rice. Bring to the boil, then turn down to the lowest you possibly can, clamp on a lid and leave until the rice has absorbed the water and is cooked, about 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a smooth griddle or nonstick skillet, and cook the salmon fillets for 1 1/2 minutes on 1 side then a minute on the other side.
  4. Remove the salmon, double wrapping each fillet in foil parcels and let them rest for 10 minutes on a wooden board or a pile of newspapers.
  5. Bring the sake to a boil in a tiny little saucepan, like one you might melt butter in, to let the alcohol taste evaporate.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and add the other sauce ingredients.
  7. Unwrap the salmon fillets, removing them to a wooden board for carving as you do so. Arrange some freshly boiled rice on 2 plates, and slice the salmon fillets into thin slices. Lay the carved salmon on top of the rice and spoon over the sauce, letting it gloss the fish and drip here and there over the rice.
  8. Scatter the cilantro on top.

Serves 2.