A juicy salmon with a spicy, fresh and slightly sweet marinade, steamed to perfection is one of the best light lunches you can have. No matter if it is on top of a salad in summer, some soba noodles or with some creamy rice. Its a delicious, healthy and easy dish which will be added to your weekly meal plans!
I really love steamed fish. I believe that this way it is easiest to not dry them out while cooking, they always taste fresh and they don’t feel like there is a thousand ingredients in the dish. In my favourite Thai restaurant in Vienna, I ALWAYS order their steamed fish, although it is a sea bass and not a salmon but it is so good. You mostly get them at restaurants because many people just have a lot of resect of preparing them, although it is really simple.
Espacially in summer or spring, I feel like this is a great dish because it is super refreshing. Also, you barely have to do any cooking. Just prep a little, them place the steamer on the pot and the magic happens itself. It is great during these hot summer days (which we unfortunately do not have yet, but we can just pretend), where we do not want to spend hours in the kitchen.
Salmon, also is really healthy. It is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked to reduced depression, and stress, an increase in happiness and it even is supposed to help with stopping to smoke. These health benefits are all so amazing! Plus salmon has a lot of protein and minerals too! What really is important when preparing salmon is that you buy it in high quality. Best is organic or wild caught. They are more expensive, but they are way better for our health. Non-organic salmons are fed with antibiotics, when then come into our bodies. Too many antibiotics can cause us humans to at some point we can not react to the ones we really need, from the doctor any more. Also, the conditions in which non organic Salmons are raised are often really bad. They stay in their nets and often eat their own poop. It is so shocking, because 25% of non-organic salmons DIE EACH YEAR due to infections or other in the nets. They do not die because they are then going to be sold but because of illnesses.
If you buy a good quality salmon though, you can really taste the difference too. The remaining ingredients are pretty simple. Lime, and some asian sauces that you can get at most supermarkets or otherwise in an asian supermarket. It is best if you marinate the salmon for a few hours before you cook it. If you do not have this time, it is not a big problem either, you can just drizzle the marinade on top of the salmon when it is done and you will also get a lot of flavour, it just is not as intense.
This recipe also works for meal prep and you can still enjoy it the day after. Due to the steaming it does not dry out so it still tastes good the day after. I would keep the sauce separately and pour it over when you want to eat it. You can enjoy it cold or reheat it.
Bon appetit and I hope that you will like it!
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière
Steamed Salmon in Chili Lime Sauce
A refreshing, light, and delicious meal that is packed with flavor and spice. Quick and mealprep friendly!
What you will need
- 600-800 g Salmon organic is best
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar or maple
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp sake
- 1 red chili
- 2 spring onion
- 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
- rice, salad or noodles to serve it with
That is how it works
In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients excpet for the salmon, half of the cilantro, and half of the spring onions together. Place the salmon in it and let it marinade for 1-4 hours if possible. The longer the better.
In a pot bring some water to a boil. Place the bamboo or regular steamer on top. Place the salmon in the steamer and let it steam for abou 8-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon. Do not pour the sauce over but keep it aside.
Once the salmon is done, place it on plates. Pour the remaining sauce on top and garnish with the remaining cilantro, spring onions, and a lime wedge.
Serve & enjoy!