Fish in a Flash
Salmon, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms come together in an easy sheet pan meal.
Do you know about sheet pan dinners? If not, listen up because they’re a quick, easy and efficient way to put a healthy meal on the table — one pan to cook and one pan to clean.
For years, I’ve seen recipes for sheet pan meals on cooking shows or on the internet. The meat and vegetables roast together on one pan, and I was drawn to the promises of quick prep and easy cleanup almost as much I was to the layered, caramelized flavors and colors.
To get these same results I knew I needed a new sheet pan. I have an extensive collection of various smaller-sized pans that were handed down from my mother and my mother-in-law, most of which are flimsy cookie sheet types that are warped or have something baked into them that I have never been able to scrub off. I finally splurged on a large, heavy-duty, nonstick, restaurant-quality sheet pan. It was a bit of an investment but totally worth it.
I had seen a cooking show episode with an Asian-inspired salmon alongside bok choy and shiitake mushrooms and decided to put my new purchase to the test. Bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and green onions are a delightful combination and roast well together. I whipped up a marinade using white miso, sake, honey, chili flakes, ginger and garlic with sesame oil and soy sauce. If you don’t like spicy flavors, you can omit the chili flakes.
I enjoy cooking with miso, which is made from fermented soybeans and often appears in Asian soups, salad dressings and sauces. I would describe it as having a sweet and mild flavor. Incorporating this ingredient in the marinade helps to coat the meat. Many Asian dishes also use sake, just like Americans use wine for cooking. Sake is great for meat and fish marinades because it tenderizes and removes any fishy smell.
I toyed with a few other ingredients, but the ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce and sesame oil created the perfect char, and the aroma brought the entire family around the table.
If you are looking for an easy one-dish Asian-inspired meal, then you should definitely give this recipe a try. Just be sure to have a good sheet pan — if not, this is your reason to buy a new one.