Salmon with Peppers

I am not one to venture outside my comfort zone when it comes to food.  I’m more into the basics:  meat, potato, and corn with a side of ketchup.  Ask anyone.  So when I casually mentioned we were having salmon for dinner, people froze.  No literally, no one believed me.  I’m not going to pretend that after cooking this meal I am by any means in love with salmon or wanting it every week for the rest of my life, hell, I don’t even want it once a month for the rest of my life, BUT I will say this recipe made salmon taste pretty darn good.  Justin compared it to restaurant quality.  Yeah, that’s right, I’m amazing.

Total Time:     30 minutes
Makes:            4 servings

1 cup instant brown rice
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
4 skinless center-cut salmon fillets (5 oz each)
2 limes
3 small peppers (red, yellow, and orange)
1 medium onion
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
6 oz baby spinach (we skipped this step)

1.  Prepare brown rice as box directs.

2.  In 12-inch skillet, heat 1/2 tsp oil on medium 1 minute.  Sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper on salmon.  Add to skillet.  Cook 8-10 minutes or until opaque throughout.

3.  While salmon cooks, slice peppers and finely chop onion.

4.  Transfer salmon to serving plates adding a grated peel of whole lime on top.

5.  Drain fat from skillet.  Heat 1 tsp oil in skillet on medium 1 minute.  Add peppers, onion, 3 tbsp water, and 1/8 tsp salt.

6.  Cover and cook 5 minutes.  Uncover; cook 3 to 5 minutes longer or until tender, stir occasionally.

7.  Stir in basil and cook until wilted.  Squeeze 1 tbsp lime juice into mixture.

8.  In a large bowl, combine spinach and a pinch of salt.  Cover with vented plastic wrap; microwave on 3 minutes or until wilted.  (We skipped this step!)

9.  Serve salmon, rice, and pepper mixture (with spinach if wanted).


1 thought on “Salmon with Peppers

  1. As the lucky guy that gets to devour these great meals, I highly recommend the salmon with peppers and brown rice followed by a healthy helping of the chocolate chip cookies and milk…nothing beats it.


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