The dish may sound complicated for your average weeknight dinner, but it’s not. By doctoring up a few ready-to-go ingredients, like frozen corn and microwave potatoes, we’re skipping some of the hard work but not sacrificing flavor. So let’s get to work and get a delicious, healthful meal on the table in under 30 minutes!
Spicy Flounder With Chipotle-Lime Butter
To me, a perfect fish taco is crispy, spicy, and fresh. Although this dish is a lot of prep work, it’s one of the rare occasions when I prefer to do it myself when the craving strikes, having been disappointed by way too many limp, greasy, and bland fish tacos at restaurants. If you know exactly what I mean, then try my take on fish tacos. On the side, I recommend a sweet and smoky grilled corn salsa with caramelized shallots.
Crispy Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sauce and Charred Corn
As I get more comfortable with basic cooking techniques with my go-to ingredients, I sometimes get the burst of courage and inspiration to try something more difficult. This time, inspiration took the form of salmon with beurre blanc (which is French for “omg-I-died-and-went-to-heaven-velvety-awesome white butter sauce”). To even out the challenges of cooking a protein and sauce I’ve never made before, I kept the other parts of this dish simple—virtually foolproof steam-in-the-bag fingerling potatoes and simply dressed green beans. And, to help ensure my salmon would be evenly cooked, I bought same-sized pre-portioned filets from the fish counter and used the foil-packet technique, which I read is good for beginners. The result? A spotless plate, newfound confidence in cooking salmon, and recurring dreams of drinking beurre blanc by the gallon.
Salmon with Beurre Blanc, Haricot Vert, and Ricotta-Mashed Fingerling Potatoes