Well, the first round of holiday guests are probably gone by now, and you’ve mostly eaten up all the Thanksgiving leftovers. Now, it’s back to weeknight meals, ugh. Not so fast! Weeknight meals can be just as exciting as holiday meals, but with a lot less work involved. Skillet dinners made in one pan is definitely the way to go Monday through Friday, and with a little help from me – you’ll have a delicious dinner in minutes.
Salmon is my fish of choice, but if you don’t like it the way I do, you can always substitute halibut or sea bass, any white flaky fish. This weeknight meal is All About the Sauce! An easy pan Dijon sauce made with three ingredients, brings this dish from first base to home plate in just minutes.
The fish is seared just slightly – cooked in a couple of minutes, then the broccoli enters the picture with a steam bath for a quick minute or so. The sauce is made in the center of the pan, while the vegetables hangout around the edges. The entire dish is done in under 20 minutes with time to spare for plating. I think the combination of creamy mustard sauce ladled over salmon and broccoli is comfort food with a hint of healthy. My kind of eating this time of the year. You can always double the recipe for larger families too.
2 salmon filets
1 crown broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup heavy cream
fresh dill sprig, optional
salt & pepper
- In a large skillet, add 1 teaspoon oil and place over medium heat. After 2 minutes, add fish, face down. Sear fish for 3 minutes and flip over. Cook for 2 minutes and remove from pan.
- Wipe out oil with paper towels from pan and add 1 teaspoon of fresh oil to pan. Add broccoli and cook fro 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup of broth and place lid on pan for 2 minutes. Remove lid and using a spoon, create a well in the center of pan.
- Add Dijon and cream, stir with a spoon to combine. Add remaining broth and stir until creamy. Place fish back into pan and spoon sauce gently over fish for 1 minute. Place lid on pan and turn off heat. Let fish rest in pan for 2-3 minutes, or until mostly cooked through. Top with dill and ladle sauce over fish again. Plate salmon and broccoli and spoon sauce over top. Enjoy!