I like to serve Chinese long beans because they make quite a presentation. It's fun to loop or braid the 2- to 3-foot-long beans around fish filets or steak.
This Asian-flavored salmon recipe pairs nicely with the beans. While the salmon is in the oven, cook the beans in boiling salted water until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. You'll find them at many supermarkets and farmers markets.
Look for black and white sesame seeds at Asian markets, where they're less expensive.
Plate and kitchen towel from William-Sonoma stores.
Active Work Time: 15 minutes
Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes
1 shallot, finely minced
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Sherry
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup white sesame seeds
1/2 cup black sesame seeds
4 (4- to 5-ounce) salmon filets
2 tablespoons olive oil
Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the shallot, soy sauce, sesame oil, Dijon, Sherry and brown sugar in a small bowl. Evenly coat all sides of the filets with the mixture.
Combine the white and black sesame seeds in a bowl and dredge the salmon through the seeds to completely coat.
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy oven-proof skillet. When the oil is hot, place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook the filets until the sesame seeds are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the salmon over, then place the skillet in the oven. Bake the salmon until it feels firm to the touch, another 5 to 7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filets and your preference for doneness.
4 servings. Each serving: 345 calories; 241 mg sodium; 71 mg cholesterol; 23 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 6 grams carbohydrates; 27 grams protein; 1.21 grams fiber.
Chinese Long Beans
Vanilla Ice Cream With Fresh Berries
Chinese long beans
4 salmon filets
Black and white sesame seeds
Vanilla ice cream
30 minutes before: Combine marinade ingredients. Coat salmon with sesame seeds.
20 minutes before: Wash and trim ends of beans. Pan-sear salmon and then place in oven.
10 minutes before: Boil water for beans, cook beans. Rinse berries.
Just before serving: Arrange beans and salmon on plates.