So-Not-From-Scratch Recipe: Poached Stuffed Salmon

So-Not-Made-From-Scratch Recipe

So-Not-Made-From-Scratch Recipe

When you are cooking for just one or two, it doesn’t always make sense to go all out and cook a dinner from scratch;  I mean it often doesn’t make financial sense,  not to mention that you are tired and hungry after a long day at work!  You want an easy budget meal.  Also, when you have little ones, cooking from scratch may not always be the best way to go.  You want to keep their attention going.  So, if you want to make dessert with them, sometimes, it’s better just to get a cake mix and add a little bit of this or that to it and spend more time having fun with the kids baking and decorating cupcakes, for example.  Or, just make pre-packaged mac-n-cheese, but let the kids add the frozen peas or canned tuna into it.  Anyway, a So-Not-From-Scratch Recipe is definitely in order on a variety of occasions.  Now, I also enjoy hunting for some good deals, since I work at a grocery store.  Today, I made a satisfying tasty dinner buying just two items: 1)  a package of Stuffed Salmon Belle Mar (2 – 6 oz portions) on sale for $7.99 regularly $12.99; and 2) a ready-to-serve 17.3 0z. package of Thai Style Coconut Chicken Soup on sale for $2.00 ($1.80 with my employee discount!)  You can just follow the directions on the salmon and nuke or bake it, but I chose to poach it.  This recipe will make two servings, a dinner-for-two, at about 373 calories per stuffed salmon.  This is a super simple, fast and tasty dinner you can cook up in 15 minutes flat!

 

So-Not-From-Scratch Recipe: Poached Stuffed Salmon

Serves: 2     Prep Time: none     Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 6oz. Two Stuffed Salmon Belle Mar (www.sonomaseafoods.com)
  • 1/2 to 1 c. Ready-to-Serve Thai Style Coconut Chicken Soup
  • a dash of canola oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Drizzle canola oil into hot pan
  2. Sprinkle salt and some pepper on both sides of the stuffed salmon
  3. Place stuffed salmon in pan and let it sear for a minute or two
  4. Add about 1/2 c. or more Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
  5. Just make sure there is enough of this poaching liquid to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/2 inch
  6. Add 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  7. Cover and cook for 10 minutes
  8. Occasionally check it and spoon poaching liquid over the fish
  9. Check fish (taste it) to see if it’s cooked and ready
  10. You don’t want to overcook your salmon
  11. Place a stuffed salmon on a plate and spoon some sauce around and on it
  12. Enjoy a quick tasty nutritious dinner!

 

Sear the bottom

Sear the bottom

 

Use this as your poaching liquid.

Use this as your poaching liquid.

 

Poaching Stuffed Salmon

Poaching Stuffed Salmon

 

Cover, reduce heat a bit, and let cook for about 10 minutes.

Cover, reduce heat a bit, and let cook for about 10 minutes.

Check it, spoon poaching liquid over fish, taste it, (I added a bit of the Chinese chili oil that comes in packets with take-out potstickers..), stop cooking as soon as the fish is flaky and cooked.  Don’t overcook salmon.

 

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 Voila!  Enjoy So-Not-From-Scratch Poached Stuffed Salmon for dinner!

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