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Salmon and Quinoa Recipe

Healthy And Yummy Salmon And Quinoa Recipe

This is one of my absolute favorite quinoa recipes with salmon. I’m sure you and your family or guests will love it.

Ingredients

Scale
  • Uncooked quinoa
  • Chicken broth
  • 4 salmon filets (about 1 pound total)
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Finely-grated fresh ginger
  • Fresh garlic 
  • Broccoli florets
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sesame seeds

Equipment

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Mini whisk
  • Fork
  • Shallow tray or plate
  • Mesh colander or strainer
  • Medium pot
  • Baking sheet
  • Basting brush
  • Meat thermometer

Instructions

Marinade

  1. Add the soy sauce, honey, and rice vinegar to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Peel and mince (or grate) a small piece of ginger (about 2 ½ inches long, or so) and add it to the bowl. Use a garlic press to press the garlic cloves, or peel and mince them as well.
  3. Add the garlic to the mixing bowl.
  4. Use a mini whisk to combine all the ingredients together. If you don’t have a small whisk, a fork will work too.
  5. Place the four salmon filets on a plate or shallow tray. Brush the marinade over the salmon (covering each side completely) using a basting brush. You should use about half of the sauce for this step (you’ll want to save the remaining sauce for later).
  6. Let the salmon marinate in the sauce, while still out at room temperature, for approximately 20 minutes.
  7. Flip the filets after about 10 minutes to help ensure that the marinade is evenly distributed.

Quinoa

  1. Pour the quinoa into a mesh strainer or colander and run it under cool water for 30 to 45 seconds, shifting the quinoa around to ensure it is well rinsed. Turn off the water and shake the colander or strainer lightly to remove as much excess water as possible.
  2. Put the rinsed quinoa in a medium pan. Pour the chicken broth over the quinoa and place the pan over medium-high heat. Cover the pan and allow it to come to a boil.
  3. After the chicken broth begins to boil, ensure that the pot’s lid is on and reduce the heat to medium low. Allow the quinoa to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Check the quinoa to see if all of the chicken broth appears to have been absorbed. The quinoa will look fuller and fluffier if it has absorbed all of the liquid. If there is still chicken broth, continue simmering the ingredients until it has all been absorbed (this may take up to 20 minutes total).
  5. Once the chicken broth is fully absorbed, remove the quinoa from the heat and use a fort to fluff it.

Salmon and Quinoa

  1. After the salmon has marinated in the sauce for about 20 minutes, transfer the filets to a baking sheet. Brush a little more of the marinade over each filet using your basting brush.
  2. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for approximately 10 to 14 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness: salmon is considered done when the internal temperature reads 145 °F.
  3. After the salmon is in the oven, begin cooking the broccoli. Head the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the cut broccoli florets.
  4. Cook the broccoli, tossing it frequently, until it is tender. Depending on how tender you prefer it to be, it should take between 6 and 10 minutes to finish cooking.
  5. Once the broccoli (and any other vegetables) have reached your preferred tenderness level, add about 1 ½ teaspoons of the marinade to the skillet. Mix it around and let the vegetables continue cooking in it for an additional 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Assembly

  1. Evenly distribute the cooked quinoa over four bowls or plates. Place a salmon filet and about ¼ of the broccoli mixture over each serving of quinoa. If desired, sprinkle a few sesame seeds over the top of the dish.

Notes

  • It is important to rinse quinoa before cooking it. Each of the seeds is coated with saponin, which gives quinoa a very bitter taste if not rinsed off.
  • Frozen broccoli florets can be substituted for fresh broccoli. They typically take about the same amount of time to cook.
  • You can also add in other vegetables, if desired, such as carrots, bell peppers, green beans, or edamame.
  • With this broccoli and quinoa side dish for salmon, this bowl doesn’t necessarily need a separate side dish. However, if you want some ideas for what to serve with salmon, you could try roasted potatoes, green beans, honey-glazed carrots, or brussels sprouts.

Keywords: salmon and quinoa