I made Ina Garten's easy salmon dish and had dinner on the table in 15 minutes
I loved how bright and vibrant the dish looked. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
Ina Garten was always interested in making things simple in the kitchen.
So I knew that the "Barefoot Contessa" star would help me find my cooking groove again.
I made their salmon teriyaki and broccolini, which took just a few simple steps.
The simple dish was vibrant and tasty - and everything was ready in 15 minutes.
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From her simply delicious pasta recipes to her relaxed dishwasher philosophy, everything at Ina Garten revolves around making things easy in the kitchen.
When the world stalled and I had to start cooking most of my meals at home, I knew the "Barefoot Contessa" star was exactly the person to turn to.
And one of the very first dishes I made was Garden's Salmon Teriyaki and Broccolini.
The simple dish is just a few steps, but it's full of flavor. And it gave me the confidence I needed to get back into the kitchen.
My return to the kitchen was inspired by my day as Ina Garten.
I got my cooking groove back by following Ina Garten's routine. Ina Garden / Instagram; Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
Cooking has never been my forte, which didn't matter much in New York. I was surrounded by amazing restaurants and definitely took advantage of it.
But when the world stalled, I was suddenly home all the time. And after eating eggs and frozen vegetables for dinner every night for a week for a week, I knew I needed to improve my cooking skills - I just wasn't sure how.
Then, on a fateful day in April, a video popped up on my Instagram feed of the garden making a giant cosmopolitan at 9 a.m.
I knew I had found my new quarantine hero.
Along with her legendary cosmos, Garten started sharing daily recipes on her Instagram feed - and I was shocked at how simple they seemed.
One of the first dishes Garten shared on Instagram was their salmon teriyaki and broccolini. Nathan Congleton / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
Garten told The Atlantic that she quickly realized that her fans needed accessible dishes that were still comforting. And when she conjured up these simple meals to show her followers, the "Barefoot Contessa" star was able to find her own groove in lockdown.
"For me, it was a way to keep in touch with people," she added. "But it also became a way of having sense and order during the day."
One of the first dishes Garten shared was her salmon teriyaki and broccolini, which she referred to as "a quick dinner with a bowl".
Since I love salmon and cooked it a lot before moving to New York, I decided it was the perfect dish to bring myself back to my own cooking area.
To start the garden dish I first had to make the sauce for the salmon teriyaki.
The teriyaki sauce contains soy sauce, sesame oil and chopped garlic. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
To make the salmon teriyaki sauce you will need:
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup
Chopped fresh ginger
Red pepper flakes
It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but the sauce took less than 30 seconds to make.
I tossed three tablespoons of olive oil, three tablespoons of soy sauce, one and a half tablespoons of pure maple syrup, and two teaspoons of sesame oil right into a saucepan. I added a tablespoon of chopped garlic as well as a few generous twists from my red pepper grinder and brought it all to a boil.
Then I turned the heat down and let the pan simmer for three minutes before setting it aside. Just like that, the sauce was ready.
Then it was time to prep the salmon fillets while the oven was preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
I spooned the teriyaki sauce evenly on both of my fillets. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
Garten recommends arranging your fish in a baking dish that "is just big enough to hold with some space between the fillets".
According to their recipe, I arranged the salmon fillets with the rounded sides up and sprinkled a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper over them.
Then I spooned the teriyaki sauce evenly over the fillets before placing it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes - which, according to Garten, was the optimal cook time if you wanted your salmon to be medium instead of rare.
When the salmon was boiling, I finished my broccolini.
I drizzled a lot of olive oil on my broccolini. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
I spread my broccolini on a sheet pan and drizzled generously with olive oil.
After sprinkling the vegetables with salt and pepper, I tossed the broccolini with my hands to make sure they were evenly coated.
Ten minutes before my salmon was ready, I tossed my broccolini on the empty rack under the fish. I had the racks evenly spaced before preheating my oven according to Garten's directions.
The salmon looked beautiful when it came out of the oven.
My salmon fillets looked perfectly cooked. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
The bright orange fillets had turned into a lovely light pink shade and when I looked at them I had a feeling the fish was going to be super fluffy.
When I coated my salmon and broccolini, I was impressed with what I had achieved in just 15 minutes.
I loved how bright and vibrant the dish looked. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
The dish looked so bright, alive, and healthy. And it was a much-needed break from my usual eggs and frozen vegetables.
Both the salmon and broccolini tasted as good as they looked.
The light and fluffy texture of the salmon goes perfectly with the broccolini. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
My salmon was cooked to perfection and I loved the teriyaki sauce. It gave the fish a delicious and subtle taste without overwhelming it. My only complaint was that I wanted more of it!
The light and fluffy texture of the salmon also went well with the broccolini, which had a great char. The vegetables were crispy but tender and added some crunch to the dish.
I ate my salmon and broccolini with those delicious English fried potatoes that I also discovered on Garten's Instagram.
Emily Blunt's English fried potatoes also go well with Garten's salmon dish. Anneta Konstantinides / Insider
When Garten shared the recipe for Emily Blunt's English Fried Potatoes, her fans were so wild that they crashed the Barefoot Contessa website.
I made the potatoes during my day as a garden at Lockdown, and just one bite proved all the hype was deserved.
These beautiful golden potatoes, flavored only with a little sea salt and parsley, were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The crunch from the crust was so perfect I couldn't believe how soft the potatoes were in the middle.
Garten usually combines salmon and teriyaki with steamed basmati rice which I will definitely try next time I make this dish. But if you're looking for a side dish with a little more crunch, Blunts Potatoes are a surefire hit.
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