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Serves 6-8 | Level: Beginner

Salmon Teriyaki & Broccolini

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange two racks evenly spaced in the oven.

In a small saucepan, combine the vegetable oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and hot red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Set aside off the heat. 

Arrange the salmon fillets, rounded sides up, in a baking dish just large enough to hold them with a little space in between the fillets.  Sprinkle the salmon with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and spoon the soy sauce mixture evenly over the fillets. Roast the salmon for about 12 minutes for rare and 15 minutes for medium, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

Meanwhile, prepare the broccolini. Place the broccolini on a sheet pan, drizzle it with 4 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss with your hands. Ten minutes before the salmon is done, roast the broccolini on the second oven rack until crisp/tender. 

Divide the hot rice between 4 shallow bowls and top each with a salmon fillet and some broccolini. Spoon the sauce from the salmon over the salmon and rice and serve hot.    

Steamed Basmati Rice (Serves 4)

Combine the rice, water, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender and fluffy. You may have to pull the pot halfway off the burner to keep a simmer. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.