I think I have a problem … I am literally obsessed with seafood – the last time I cooked for you guys I made the End-of-the-Summer Shrimp Pasta and today I made some Salmon Teriyaki with some broccoli & rice pilaf!
What I love most about this recipe is how simple it is…it is the perfect “go to” meal for any college student since it is cheap and it only takes 30 min to prepare! PLUS it’s healthy and it fills you up! Ahhh so many great things about this recipe!
Let’s get started!
So I went to Whole Foods today and bought two salmon steaks that were already marinated with teriyaki sauce (which you can easily make yourself with this recipe)…Once I got back to my dorm, I preheated the oven to 350°F…In the meantime, I got a pan and covered it with aluminum foil, drizzled a little bit of olive oil and placed the two salmon steaks in the middle of the pan.
These are two things that every college student should buy…super convenient to have and they go with everything! Plus both are really easy to prepare.
For the broccoli, all you have to do is get a pan and add a cup of water to it…You let the water boil and then you place the frozen broccoli inside and cover it so the broccoli heats up with the steam.
The rice pilaf is a little trickier…
Last year was the first time I ever tried rice pilaf. Back home my mom would always make rice the old fashion Puerto Rican way …. so rice pilaf is a completely different scenario. I clearly remember last year, I decided to prepare dinner for my roommates on our first week back to school. I decided to make them some grilled chicken with some rice pilaf. Everything was going really well until I started to make the rice… I had no idea that you needed to add a specific amount of water, so I added like three cups of water (when it was supposed to be 1 3/4 cups *oops*)…. After 15-20 minutes I realized the water was not evaporating and the rice just looked like some gooey soup, (keep in mind this is my first time making rice pilaf so I had no idea what it was supposed to look like)… I decided to serve the pasty/gooey rice and when I handed over the plates to my roommates they were so confused. My roommate looked at the plate, and then looked at me and said “I thought you were making rice pilaf” and I answered “Umm… yeah, I made rice pilaf – it’s right in front of you” and they literally started to die laughing and told me what I had done wrong… After that day, I realized that I need to start reading the instructions for everything if I want to cook it correctly. ALWAYS READ THE INSTRUCTIONS !
Today, I can proudly say that I have perfected the art of making rice pilaf – and it is the easiest thing ever!
You grab a pan and add 1 3/4 cups of water to it, you make the water boil and then add the rice. You stir the rice for a little bit and then lower the heat so the rice cooks while the water evaporates – you know the rice is done when it looks like it is nice and fluffy and there is no water left in the pan (this usually takes up to 20 minutes)
As soon as the broccoli and the rice pilaf are done cooking, the thirty minutes have gone by and the salmon is ready!
Simple as that. You get everything out and serve it on to a plate and there you have a very yummy, simple, and healthy dinner!
Extra tip: add some lemon juice, salt and pepper to the broccoli! It really brings in all of the flavors!
Overall Prep/Cooking Time: ~ 30-35 minutes
Overall Cost: ~$20
Hope you guys get the chance to make this really easy meal! And please don’t make the mistake I made when cooking the rice pilaf!