One of the biggest pros of living in Germany is access to fresh and affordable food items; vegetables, fruits and produce. I remember seeing the same pack of blue berries at Naheed, Karachi for Rs.900 that is for 1.99€ at Rewe, Köln. This is when I realised the disparity, and decided to make most of this access to natural goodness.
Last week, after spending four hours at Benedict International to learn German language, I was too tired to cook an elaborate meal. So I made salmon steak with a side of garlic mushrooms and broccoli. If you get everything cooking at once, the entire meal will take 20 minutes tops! It tastes delicious, doesn’t need bread or rice, low in carbs and overall a stellar dish. Incredible, isn’t it?
Here’s what you’ll need:
For salmon steak
- 200g smoked salmon (what I used)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 dried chiles
- 1 tbsp olive oil
For garlic mushrooms:
- 300g champignon (what I used)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
For boiled broccoli:
- 1 head of broccoli (what I used)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Slice mushrooms in to bite sized pieces.
- Cut broccoli into small florets.
- Season salmon with dry spices.
- Heat up a pan, add olive oil and let it sit for 30 seconds. Then add sliced mushrooms, and mix to make sure all of them are coated with oil. Heat should be medium high. Once coated, turn down the heat to medium and let it sit covered for five mins. Mushrooms will shrink considerably in this time, and there might be some liquid. Add salt and garlic, and mix well. Let it sit and simmer for another two minutes, and then turn up the heat to dry excess fluid. Cook until it’s tender to your liking. Transfer onto a serving platter.
- In the same pan, add butter and let it melt. Then add dried chilies and salmon, and cook each side for 5 minutes each. You can cook it for lesser time as well if you like it raw or medium.
- Fill up a bowl with water, and bring it to a boil. Add salt and broccoli. Let it boil for 4 minutes, and drain water. Transfer onto a plate with paper towels to absorb excess water. Pat until dry, and then add to the serving platter. Then top it off with salmon, and tada!!
It is quick, and doesn’t need a lot of time prepping. And it’s delicious. Do try, and let me know what you think of it.