The balanced flavour in this Asian flavoured dish with Chinese 5 spice (a combination of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, huajiao (Sichuan pepper) and ground fennel seeds) is wonderful. This is a surprising dish that is both light, yet very flavourful. It is full of nutrition, and very easy to prepare.
Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
- ½ kg salmon filet cut into 4 pieces
- 6 dried medium shiitake mushrooms soaked in 3/4 cup hot water for about 15 minutes (save water)
- 1 medium sized onion,chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 TBS fresh ginger, chopped, or ⅓ tsp dried
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 tsp 5 spice powder (can be found in Asian section in supermarket)
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 TBS molasses
- 2 tsp arrowroot
- 4 cups shredded Chinese, or Napa cabbage
- 6 scallion, chopped
- salt and white pepper to taste
- Soak shiitake mushrooms in ¾ cup hot water. Slice when soft cutting out stem. Preheat broiler on high.
- * Healthy Saute’ onion in medium saucepan over medium low heat for about 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add ginger and garlic and continue to sauté for another minute. Add vegetable stock, 5 spice powder, orange juice, and molasses. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and discard all but liquid. Place liquid back into pan, and thicken with arrowroot dissolved in a little water while simmering.
- While sauce is cooking, simmer in another medium sized sauté pan cabbage, mushrooms, scallion, salt and pepper in mushroom water for 5 minutes.
- Rub salmon with salt and pepper. (You can Quick Broil with the skin on; it just takes a minute or two longer. The skin will peel right off after cooking.)
- When pan is hot, use a hot pad to pull out the pan from the heat and place salmon on it, skin side down. Return to broiler. Keep in mind that it is cooking rapidly on both sides so it will be done very quickly (usually about 7 minutes for every inch of thickness.
* Healthy Sauté
Start your Healthy Sauté by heating 1 TBS of broth in a stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Once the broth begins to bubble add onions and sauté stirring frequently. After the onions have cooked for about 5 minutes, you can then add other ingredients such as garlic, or fresh ginger. Once they have had a chance to cook together for just another minute, add other vegetables. This method enables you to have flavourful sautéed vegetables without heating oil.