Dinner in Minutes

Wild salmon dish is a special treat

Salmon and asparagus penne.
Salmon and asparagus penne. TNS

Wild salmon is so flavorful, it only needs a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Wild salmon season runs from mid-May until mid-September, and the delicate flavor and texture is a very special treat. King salmon (also called Chinook), coho and sockeye are some of the wild salmon varieties to look for.

Helpful Hints

▪ If fresh wild salmon is not available, you may be able to find it frozen.

▪ A quick way to chop dill is to wash, dry and snip the leaves with a scissors right off the stem.

▪ Any type of pasta can be used.

▪ A guideline for cooking fish fillets is 10 minutes per inch of thickness. I prefer to cook my fillets eight minutes because they continue to cook in their own heat when removed from the stove or oven.

Countdown

▪ Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

▪ Place water for penne on to boil.

▪ Prepare and bake salmon.

▪ Finish pasta dish.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you'll need for tonight’s Quick Fix Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 3/4 pound fresh wild salmon, 1 bunch fresh dill, 1/2 pound asparagus, 1/4 pound penne pasta and 1 small piece Parmesan cheese.

Staples: olive oil, olive oil spray, onion, salt and black peppercorns.

Fred Tasker’s wine suggestions: This is one of those “red-wine-with-fish” situations. I’d try a California pinot noir.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of “Delicious One-Pot Dishes.” Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer. Email: linda@dinnerinminutes.com)

Roasted Wild Salmon

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer.

3/4 pound fresh wild salmon with skin, about 1 1/2 inches thick

Olive oil spray

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon snipped dill

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil and place in the preheating oven. When oven is at temperature, remove tray, spray with olive oil spray and place salmon, skin side down, on it. Spray salmon with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place on middle shelf in oven for 12 minutes or until salmon is just cooked through. Adjust cooking time for a thicker or thinner fillet. A meat thermometer should read 125 degrees. When a knife is inserted, the flesh should be opaque not translucent. Do not overcook. The salmon will continue to cook in its own heat when removed from the oven. Sprinkle the salmon with the dill and serve.

Per serving: 261 calories (45 percent from fat), 12.9 g fat (1.8 g saturated, 4.9 g monounsaturated), 96 mg cholesterol, 33.8 g protein, 0.6 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 75 mg sodium.

Yield: 2 servings

Asparagus Penne Pasta

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

1/4 pound penne pasta (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup sliced onion

1/2 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Place a large saucepan with 3 to 4 quarts of water on to boil. Meanwhile heat oil in a large nonstick skillet and add onion. Saute onion for 5 minutes or until they are golden but not brown. When the water is at a full boil, add the penne pasta and boil 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and continue to boil 3 to 4 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Remove 1/4 cup pasta water from the pan and add it to the onions in the skillet. Drain the pasta and asparagus and add to the skillet. Toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Per serving: 319 calories (20 percent from fat), 7 g fat (1.7 g saturated, 3.8 g monounsaturated), 4 mg cholesterol, 12.5 g protein, 52.7 g carbohydrates, 5.1 g fiber, 84 mg sodium.

Yield: 2 servings

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