Easy Weeknight Dinner for Two

baked salmon for two

It’s Monday. Maybe you worked out this morning already, or maybe you hit the snooze button 3x. You’re bummed the weekend is over, but at the same time you’re excited about the prospects that each new week brings. Either way, come tonight, you’re going to want to make dinner, something quick and healthy to start the week off right.

Enter teriyaki glazed salmon, bok choy, and brown rice. The salmon is swiftly seared in the pan but finished in the oven. The bok choy is blanched, then brushed with a sweet and umami-filled sauce. And the brown rice is transformed into an onion and egg fried rice, topped with scallions.

An easy weeknight dinner for two? I got you.

 teriyaki glazed salmon

Every week, my boyfriend and I make a variation of the same meal. Sometimes we swap out the bok choy for broccoli, sometimes we omit the brown rice altogether, or if we’re a little more hungry (which is most of the time), we make it into a quick egg fried rice or asparagus rice pilaf. But it’s always baked salmon.

I love salmon in all forms: sushi, sashimi, smoked, cured, seared, baked. Salmon has so many health benefits and I try to eat it a couple of times a week – an easy task, especially with my addiction to sushi and to this baked salmon.

This meal is perfect for weeknights because it’s very easy to make. It’s also very healthy and includes all the food groups for a nutritious dinner: a protein with some healthy fats, greens, and whole grains.

easy baked salmon

We use a lot of shortcuts to get this meal done even faster. The salmon is baked in one piece, instead of two separate portions (we get a cut that weights about 3/4 of a lb). The teriyaki glaze is pre-made, but I’ve also just whipped up a mix of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a little bit of honey, and some chili pepper flakes. The bok choy is trimmed, then cooked for only a few minutes in a pan with a little bit of water. The brown rice is from a frozen package (super convenient), it just needs to be microwaved. To make the fried rice, just saute some onions and garlic, add the rice, then a whisked egg, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil. Season everything to taste with salt and pepper. Easy peasy.

Your Monday night will never be as delicious. (Or Tuesday, Wednesday, you get the gist.)

teriyaki glazed salmon with bokchoy

Yield: serves 2

Salmon with Bok Choy and Brown Rice

Ingredients

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

.75 lb salmon
flour for dredging
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

Bok Choy

1 bunch bok choy
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce

Egg Fried Rice

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups prepared brown rice (I use frozen brown rice, typically found in the organic freezer aisle of most grocery stores)
1 large egg
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
pinch of red chili pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped scallions (or chives) for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Make the salmon. Dredge the fillet in a little bit of flour, salt, and pepper. In a non-stick pan, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Sear salmon for 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to an oven-safe dish, and brush with teriyaki sauce. Reserve the remaining teriyaki sauce for basting.
  3. Bake salmon for 10-12 minutes, taking it out halfway to baste with more teriyaki sauce. Once it's done, brush with remaining teriyaki sauce. Let rest for a few minutes before serving.
  4. While the salmon is cooking, make the bok choy. Add water to pan, and heat on medium-high heat. Add bok choy and cook for 3 minutes, until tender but still crispy.
  5. Mix soy sauce and teriyaki sauce and pour on top of cooked bok choy.
  6. While salmon is cooking/resting, make the fried rice. Using the same non-stick pan you used to sear the salmon, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add brown rice and stir together.
  7. Whisk an egg in a small bowl, and add to brown rice mixture, making sure to mix well so grain is coated. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving.

baked teriyaki salmon with bok choy and brown rice

Tell me about your favorite weeknight meal. Cereal counts!

   

8 Responses to “Easy Weeknight Dinner for Two”

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    dixya @ food, pleasure, and health posted March 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

    i traveled this week and have nothing in my fridge. i love when EASY + HEALTHY is combined together. thanks for this inspiration to start my week right.

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    Ashley posted March 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    It’s been sooo long since I’ve had bok choy (even though I love it!). This dinner looks delicious!!

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    Sues posted March 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I try to eat salmon as often as possible, too, and am always looking for new recipes. This looks fabulous!

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    grace posted March 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    you’ve managed to make salmon appeal to me, which is NOT an easy thing to do!

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    Jenna at Boston Chic Party posted March 15, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Baked salmon is a once a week dinner for us too! Will have to try this teriyaki variation :) Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

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    Meghan posted March 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Salmon is one of my favorite proteins. This looks delicious!

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    Daisy posted March 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    we make a version of this meal all the time too! In fact, we have salmon sitting in our fridge right now….I usually add lime and molasses to the teiyaki, soy, ginger, garlic marinade. so good. and i often just steam white rice. I need to try your version with the fried rice!

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    GiGi Eats posted March 19, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Salmon is ALWAYS my easy go-to meal! ALWAYS!!! It’s hard to mess up, because it just is so so so tasty!

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