Sunday, May 11, 2008

Salmon "Bulgogi" with Bok Choy and Mushrooms

When I lived in Japan as a child (military brat), I was a huge fan of bulgogi beef, which is a heavily marinated Korean beef dish that is then barbecued. There was this one restaurant that made it with Kobe beef, and it was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten.

So since a)I don't eat meat, and b)even if I did, there's no way we'd get Kobe beef, I was intrigued by this recipe that applies a bulgogi-like marinade to salmon.

It was easy and on the table within 15 minutes, but I was disappointed. Maybe I had my hopes up too high? Gibby loved it and said it was great. I should have liked it since it has all the spicy Asian flavors that usually help me to enjoy fish, but not so much this time. The vegetables were good though.

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Salmon "Bulgogi" with Bok Choy and Mushrooms
Bon Appetit, June 2008

Bulgogi—beef marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, and other seasonings—is a popular Korean dish. Here, we've subbed in salmon for the sirloin.

2 large garlic cloves, peeled, divided
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry Sherry
1 3/4-inch cube peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce*
4 6-ounce center-cut skinless salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large bok choy, cut crosswise into
1/2-inch-wide strips (about 7 cups)
4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced

Blend 1 garlic clove and next 7 ingredients in mini processor. Arrange salmon in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon marinade over. Let marinate 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500°F. Arrange fish, with some marinade still clinging, on rimmed baking sheet. Transfer any marinade in dish to small saucepan. Roast fish until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Bring marinade in saucepan to boil; set aside and reserve for glaze.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add bok choy and mushrooms; using garlic press, press in 1 garlic clove. Stir-fry until mushrooms are tender and bok choy is wilted, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide vegetables among plates. Top with salmon. Brush fish with glaze.

Yield: 4 servings

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