Simple, pan sauteed fish (this works for almost any kind of fish you want, but I love the taste of salmon the most, personally)
2 boneless fish filets
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 - 1 lemon, cut into large wedges (for squeezing over fish)
Pat boneless filets dry with paper towels. Optionally melt butter in large dish and dip fish in butter (both sides). Salt and pepper both sides of filets, squeeze lemon juice over each side. Set fish aside on plate to await sauteing.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a cast iron, heavy-bottomed aluminum or nonstick skillet on medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking (>>>if your oil starts to smoke, quickly remove pan from heat for a few minutes and add a tiny bit of room temp. oil to pan. Return to heat and start cooking fish right away).
Place filets on pan and in about 30 seconds immediately turn heat slightly down, to medium.
Cook fish about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked throughout but not dry (unless you like it dry!).
Serve immediately over a bed of rice, and/or with roasted/steamed/stir-fried (your choice) vegetables.
Easy Basmati Rice
1/4 cup butter or olive oil (you can reduce this amount if you want to lower the fat content a bit)
2 cups basmati rice (brown or white - see instructions for the difference in cooking times)
2 teaspoons salt
3 1/4 cups boiling chicken/vegetable broth or water*
British-American seasoning option:
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley (or scant 1/2 teaspoon dried)
Indian seasoning option:
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 bay leaves
8 green cardamom pods (or 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom)
8 whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
Melt butter in a saucepan (or just add and heat the oil).
Stir in the rice until it is coated in oil/butter.
Stir in spices and salt.
Add the boiling broth or water.
Cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on the lowest heat for 40 minutes for brown or 15 minutes for white rice (do not stir or open the lid in the meantime).
Turn off the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
Fluff and serve.
*If it is a dry day, add about 1/4 cup more broth or water. Also, if using broth instead of water, lower the salt to 1 1/4 teaspoons.
I love eating fish and rice with some roasted potatoes or veggies. Ask if you want instructions for either.