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Pan-fried salmon with kangkong (swamp spinach) and shiitake mushrooms

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 2 serving-sized salmon fillets seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (I used soya oil)
  • 2 cups kangkong stalks
  • 3 to 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan. When hot, add the salmon fillets and cook over high heat until seared. Flip to sear the other side. DO NOT overcook. Transfer to a plate and keep hot.
  • While the salmon fillets cook, prepare the ingredients for the side dish.
  • Crush, peel and chop the garlic.
  • Cut the kangkong stalks into two-inch lengths.
  • Pan-fried salmon with swamp spinach and shiitake stir fry
  • Pull of the stalks of the shiitake mushrooms (they are often too fibrous especially if the mushrooms are large) and discard. Slice the caps.
  • Pan-fried salmon with swamp spinach and shiitake stir fry
  • To the oil and salmon juices that remain in the pan, add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds on until fragrant.
  • Add the kangkong stalks and cook, stirring often, for about a minute. Pour in the rice wine. Continue cooking, over high heat, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced to almost nothing. Depending on the temperature in your kitchen, this should take anywhere from three to seven minutes. Don’t worry too much about overcooking the kangkong stalks. They are rather fibrous and several minutes of cooking will do them good.
  • Pan-fried salmon with swamp spinach and shiitake stir fry
  • Add the mushroom caps to the kangkong stalks. Season with salt and pepper. The mushrooms will expel water so you need to cook for a minute or so longer to reduce the liquids for a more concentrated flavor. Besides, you don’t want a soupy stir fried side dish. And a minute or so in the hot pan will allow the mushroom flavor to mix in with the kangkong.
  • Pan-fried salmon with swamp spinach and shiitake stir fry
  • To serve, lay the salmon on a plate. Spoon the kangkong and mushrooms on the side. Enjoy with rice. Or without. They’re good either way.