Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals: Asian Style Salmon

A healthy, spicy salmon dish with an Asian inspired sauce and vegetable noodles in broth.

I’ve not yet managed to cook a 30 Minute Meal in 30 minutes and this dish is no exception. I don’t mind as most of the recipes I’ve made from this book have been brilliant and I feel like I’ve discovered a lot of new flavours and shortcuts. To be honest though, this recipe isn’t one of my favourites. It’s not a game changer like Filo Pie or Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca but it is a good, solid recipe and absolutely worth a try. 

If I were to make this again I would leave the cornflour out of the broth to make it lighter and fresher and I always cook the beansprouts briefly in the pan that has toasted the cashews, just to take away some of their rawness.

Ingredients

Serves: 4

Salmon

  • 4 180g salmon, pin-boned, skin on
  • 2cm piece ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • ½ red chili
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 limes
  • Chinese five-spice

Noodle broth

  • 4 spring onions
  • 1-2 red chilis
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2cm piece ginger
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • 900ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 200g sugar snap peas
  • 200g dried fine egg noodles
  • soy sauce (to taste)

Salad

  • large bunch coriander
  • 400g beansprouts
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 1 tbs honey
  • ½ red chili
  • 1 small ripe mango
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • 1 lemon or lime

Lychee dessert

  • 125g blueberries
  • 1 tin lychees in syrup (425g)
  • 2 packs sesame snaps
  • 500ml tub Vanilla ice cream
  • Sprig fresh mint

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°C (230°C fan) and fill and boil the kettle.
  2. Salmon: Peel 2cm of ginger, then peel and roughly chop 1 red onion and add to a blender along with 2 cloves of peeled garlic, ½ a red chili and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Squeeze in the juice of 2 limes and blend until you have a smooth-ish sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  3. Pour the sauce into an ovenproof dish that can accommodate the salmon fillets snugly. The idea is to poach the salmon while it bakes in the oven.
  4. Place 4 salmon fillets on a chopping board and score a few 1cm deep slices into the skin. Place the fillets skin side up into the ovenproof dish containing the sauce, drizzle a little olive oil over the skin and sprinkle over some Chinese five-spice, salt and pepper. Place the dish into the oven on the top shelf to cook for 18 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Salad: Place a few coriander sprigs to one side to use later as a garnish then remove the remaining coriander leaves from the stalks and finely slice the stalks. Add the leaves and stalks to the bowl along with 400g beansprouts.
  6. Broth: Place a large saucepan on a medium heat and add a little olive oil. Trim and slice 4 spring onions and 1-2 red chilis then add them to the saucepan. Crush 2 garlic cloves into the saucepan then peel and grate in 2cm of ginger and fry for a few minutes.
  7. Salad: Place a frying pan on a low heat then add a splash of olive oil and 100g cashews. Toast until the cashews have coloured.
  8. Broth: Stir in 1 teaspoon of Chinese five-spice and 3 teaspoons of cornflour to the saucepan containing the broth. Stir well then add 900ml of chicken or vegetable stock and 200g sugar snap peas then turn up the heat. Once the broth is boiling, taste and add extra soy sauce if needed. Add 200g egg noodles then put a lid on the saucepan.
  9. Salad: Remove the pan containing the cashews from the heat and drizzle over some runny honey, toss and make sure the cashews are coated.
  10. Lychee dessert: Halve a small handful of blueberries and add to a bowl along with the rest of the whole blueberries (125g blueberries in total). Tip in a 425g tin of lychees and a bit of their juice and take the bowl to the table.
  11. Salad: Finely slice ½ a red chili and peel 1 small mango with a speed peeler. Remove the stone from the mango, slice or cube it, then add to the salad along with the chili and cashews. Dress with soy sauce, sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil and the juice from 1 lemon or lime. Mix well and taste until the flavours are balanced then take to the table.
  12. Lychee dessert: Wrap 2 sesame snap packs in a tea towel and smash them against a worktop until they become powdery. Tip into a small bowl and take to the table with the ice cream.
  13. To serve: By now the salmon should be cooked and the skin should look crispy. Divide the noodles and broth between bowls, top with a fillet of salmon and garnish with the reserved coriander. Spoon any excess sauce on top of the salmon.
  14. Lychee dessert: Assemble by layering scoops of ice cream with the fruit in small cups. Drizzle over the juice from the fruit and top with mint leaves and the crushed sesame snaps.

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