Cooking in Anime: Japanese-style Salmon and Mushrooms

Wow, you guys! So many of you had a great, positive reaction to my first post trying to make some food out of an Anime, I’ve decided i’ll be trying to do it as a regular thing, a couple times a month. I really enjoy cooking, myself, so having a chance to branch out and expand my knowledge and skill like this is a really interesting opportunity, so thank you all for helping give me the inspiration for it!

I also found little munching saber a delightful addition to the blog’s homepage, so I think i’ll make her this series’ mascot, or something. Anyways, moving on, today’s dish is, once again, from Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family. I’m going to be trying to make these dishes as economically as possible, so you guys don’t have to break your bank trying to make them for yourselves. Pricing may differ based on where you are from, and hoe many people you are trying to feed, but you should be able to easily prepare today’s dish for under $20 (USD).

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Japanese-Style Salmon with Mushrooms

Here is your ingredients list:

Fresh, raw salmon (1 full side serves about 3 people, I got 2 sides for just over $20)

1/4 of a large white onion (A single onion shouldn’t cost more than $1)

5 large button mushrooms (A box should cost between $2 and $3)

2 tablespoons soy sauce (Soy sauce is very cheap and can be bought in large quantities)

1 teaspoon minced garlic (Very cheap and can also be bought in large quantities)

1 stick of butter (Shouldn’t be more than $1)

Some fresh rosemary *optional* (A few sprigs of fresh rosemary ran me about $2)

Fresh Asparagus *optional* (Can cost between $2 and $5 depending on the quantity and quality)

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit. Lay out your slab of salmon on a large sheet of aluminum foil, and lightly sprinkle salt over the fish. Cut the cube of butter into 8 identical pieces, and lay 4 of them on top of the fish.

In a separate pan, melt 2 of the pieces of butter, and add in the Soy Sauce and garlic. Slice the onion into medium-large chunks, and add to the pan. Chop the mushrooms into large slices, add to the pan, and cover the whole thing with a lid. Let that steam until the mushroom is soft and the onion has become soft, golden, and transparent. If you want some extra flavor, add some fresh Rosemary to this mix.

When the vegetable mix is cooked, spoon it all evenly over the salmon, making sure to keep as much of the liquid as possible within the foil. Fold the foil over the fish tightly, making sure to seal any gaps, so as not to lose any moisture. Place the wrapped fish on a baking sheet, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the fish has turned from a transparent red to an opaque light pink color.

If you want a tasty side dish for your meal, add some asparagus to the pan after removing the vegetable mixture, along with the rest of your butter. Splash on soy sauce to taste, as well as 2 tablespoons of water, cover, and let steam until soft. Don’t forget to snap off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus before cooking!

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And there you have it, guys, a meal that both looks and tastes delicious, for a pretty decent price!

I hope you guys enjoyed this, and I hope you get an opportunity to try this recipe out for yourselves! if you’ve got any specific recipes from an anime that you’d like me to try making, make sure to let me know; i’m always up for a challenge! No molecular gastronomy, though. Please. That’s a bit out of my league.

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