Salmon Gratin

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This salmon gratin with broccoli and mushrooms is a healthy, nutritious, weeknight meal that your family will love! 

Salmon Gratin- a healthy and nutritious weeknight dinner!

Salmon Gratin- a healthy and nutritious weeknight dinner!

Gratin is a French dish… originally. But strangely enough, it’s really popular in Japan!

So Japan does this thing where… they take things from other countries and then go crazy with it. Liiiiike have you ever had Japanese crepes? Oh baby. And how about cars? Any type of electronic device? Yeah, Japan is all about taking things from other countries and making it better.

You might not think gratin, which is basically any dish that has either a cheese or breadcrumb (or both) topping that gets browned in the oven, would be very Japanese. But, it’s just one of those things that took off, and now it’s a typical weeknight meal.

I thought it was a popular dish in America, since I grew up eating it, but turns out it’s actually not so common. My husband had never heard of it before, which made me realize… I had eaten it because my Japanese mother made it as a Japanese dish, not an American one.

Salmon Gratin- a healthy and nutritious weeknight dinner!

Weird. I mean, doesn’t it just seem so… American? A white sauce, cheese, bread… a lot of times it’ll have potatoes or pasta in it… It seems so American! Well, I guess we DO eat scalloped potatoes a lot here. But there just isn’t the variation that you see in Japan.

The recipe I’m sharing with you is a healthy salmon gratin, with lots of vitamins and nutrients! It’s packed with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, and onion! If broccoli and mushrooms aren’t your thing, you can substitute other veggies in there. Just make sure you cook or steam them first. The oven stage is just to melt the cheese and brown the top.

This gratin is easy to prepare, and SUCH a comfort food. Not to mention, if you make it in the individual dishes, it’s kind of a fun presentation. Of course, if you don’t have individual gratin dishes, you can make it in a bigger dish and just scoop it onto a plate!

Salmon Gratin- a healthy and nutritious weeknight dinner!

 

Look at thaaaat. Mmmsalmonyumyumyum.

Salmon Gratin- a healthy and nutritious weeknight dinner!
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Salmon Gratin

This salmon gratin with broccoli and mushrooms is a healthy, nutritious, weeknight meal that your family will love! 

Course dinner, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 6-8 oz salmon fillets skin removed
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 oz crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 400 ml milk
  • 3 T butter
  • 6 T all purpose flour
  • salt to taste
  • mozzarella or white cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Make the white sauce: combine the thinly sliced onion and flour. Heat a skillet over low heat and add the butter. Add the onion and cook until no longer powdery and white. Add the milk a little bit at a time, stirring well after each addition. Once the milk is added, continue to stir until thickened. Salt to taste.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the broccoli florets into bite sized pieces and either boil in salted water, microwave and salt, or steam and salt. Cut salmon fillets into bitesized pieces and salt. Cut mushrooms into quarters (or in half, or in sixths according to size) Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and brown the salmon pieces. Remove salmon and saute and salt the mushrooms. 

  3. Put the broccoli, mushrooms, and salmon into either individual gratin dishes or a casserole dish. Pour white sauce on top and lightly stir to help bring pieces to the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and cook in oven until melted. Do a quick pass under the broiler to brown the top more, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Mebae "&" magazine, February edition (Japanese). 

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