Here’s a simple and elegant Korea-inspired dinner. I put it together one night from bits we had around the house, most of which are common in Korean cooking. It’s very easy and hands-off. The potatoes do take a while to roast (an unavoidable annoyance of potatoes), but the actual hands-on prep work for this is no more than 5 minutes. So you could definitely do this for a weeknight meal if you get the potatoes going when you walk in the door or if you aren’t ravenous immediately when you get home. It’s a great date meal to impress your partner! The potatoes are creamy and richly buttery with scallion sharpness cutting through, and the salmon is salty and sweet and garlicky and the kimchi adds just a little funk and spice.
I am a huge scallions fan and I basically always have them in the fridge. They have such a deliciously mild oniony flavor. They brighten up roasted potatoes and make them seem hot and cozy but still fresh and flavorful. Here’s a closeup:
I also almost always have frozen fillets of salmon in the freezer (especially since being pregnant we are told to eat lots of fish) so it’s easy enough to just take the fillets out in the morning and leave them in a bowl of cold water to thaw (assuming they are in a sealed package, otherwise just leave them to thaw in the fridge). If you are new to cooking fish at home I urge you not to be afraid! Fish cooks fast and is remarkably easy. I don’t know where it’s fussy reputation comes from. To me fillets of fish are much more convenient than chicken or pork chops. They cook fast and you can do them on the stovetop or in the oven or under the broiler. All very fast to cook and always juicy.
The salmon sauce is just pantry ingredients quickly mixed together and I almost always have a jar of kimchi in the fridge. If you don’t have kimchi on hand you can easily skip that element. It’s nice, but not essential.
So all this took to make was a bit of chopping potatoes and scallions, laying out some salmon, a quick mix of some sauce and waiting for things to bake!
- 1 lb small potatoes I used honey gold but any smaller potatoes are fine
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 fillets salmon 5 to 6 oz each
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 bunch scallions finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp kimchi finely chopped (optional)