Dinner for Two: Crispy Salmon with Jasmine Tea Rice and Wasabi Edamame

Dinner for Two

Quick recipes for you and your dinner mate.


[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

This is one of those dinners for two that you could make for four, because it's company food. Perfectly seared crispy salmon with a crunchy golden crust, warm wasabi edamame salad, and rice scented with jasmine green tea. So easy, light, and healthy.

Start with boil-in-a-bag rice, which comes pre-portioned for two people and just follow the package instructions, except add a jasmine green tea bag to the boiling water, so that you're effectively cooking the rice in tea. The rice is stained and scented by the tea, and becomes this unique, subtly floral perfect-every-time rice. Such a cool trick.

While the rice cooks, sear the salmon in a nonstick pan until a dark crunchy crust forms on the fish. To pour over and flavor the salmon and rice, whisk up a light wasabi dressing and toss it with warm edamame. Stack the rice then the salmon on a plate, and pour the wasabi edamame salad over the top. The edamame is light and healthy and beautifully jade green. And the wasabi sauce pours in rivulets into the crevices of the salmon and down into that jasmine-scented rice. Who knew you could do so much in 15 minutes!