I have been wanting to post this recipe for quite some time. Probably before I even had this blog – ha! Truly. I remember making this Salmon Rice Bowl with Ginger-Lime Sauce recipe the very first time while staying at the house of my piano teacher/surrogate mother – Harriet – in Dorset, Vermont. The dish is very easy to make, comes together quickly, is different and super delicious. Remembering eating it in her total beeswax candle-lit dining room, smelling so lovely, snuggled in after a full day of skiing at Bromley was pure bliss. The kids were young and fun and skiing is always a great family time.
Bromley or Stratton
Harriet’s house was pretty equidistant from Stratton (super yuppy) and Bromley (more low key). We preferred Bromley.
I remember Stratton having young parents allow their kids to lie flat out – angel style – on the ground in line to the main lift at the base of the mountain, and I guess they were thinking that that was cute.
How rude can one possibly get? I really wanted to kick these kids. Of course I didn’t but I’m sure I said some things. I mean, really??
Because of Covid-19 now, will we really ever be able to ski again? Skiing is an outdoor sport, but then you sit so close to one another on the lifts. And what about eating in the lodge? I will miss the chili with cheese, chopped onions and sour cream – the works! It is only during skiing that I never feel guilty about eating that chili.
It is a whole new world for us. I suppose we will find out soon.
Anyway, back to more pleasant things like food. Coming “home” to Harriet’s house that always smelled like beeswax with its beautiful dark shiny floors throughout, was a little bit of heaven. Having a fire in the fireplace, playing games in front and then serving up this dish in the candlelit dining room was delightful. A clean, healthy and different dish with the spark of ginger and soy – really yummy.
This Salmon Rice Bowl with Ginger-Lime Sauce dish is not really your typical winter dish. It is not heavy or stew-like at all but just super appealing. So try it soon, now in the fall and you will LOVE it. I guarantee!
SALMON RICE BOWL with GINGER-LIME SAUCE – serves 4
1 3/4 cups water, divided
1 1/4 cups long-grain rice, rinsed and drained twice
2 tablespoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
3 tablespoons sugar
1 Thai red chile, chopped
10 small garlic cloves, 2 chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
2 kirby cucumbers (10 ounces), cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Four 6-ounce salmon fillets
Salt and freshly ground pepper
In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of the water and the rice to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook the rice for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a mortar, pound the ginger with the sugar, chile and 2 cloves of the 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 skin side down 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, about 3 – 4 minutes.
Mound the rice in bowls. Top with the salmon, garlic cloves and ginger-lime sauce with cucumber strips and your LOVE. Pass any extra sauce at the table.