Fresh & Flavorful: Steamed Lemon Dill Salmon with Asparagus

A healthy, no-hassle dinner that the whole family will enjoy. A healthy, no-hassle dinner that the whole family will enjoy. There are so many great things about cooking with steam. It's as simple as boiling water. The food retains the natural flavors and nutrients that regular cooking burns away. Steam requires less time and energy than regular cooking, and cleanup is typically much easier since you don't have to do any scraping or soaking. Also, steam cooking scales up very easily, so you can cook for as many people as you need to, as long as you have a big enough vessel. This recipe is great for those summer nights when you know you have to make something, but you don't want anything too heavy that you have to spend forever preparing or stirring in front of the stove. It's super easy because you cook your entree and your veggie side in the same pot. The lemon and herbs (I use dill, but feel free to experiment with your favorite) subdue the fish flavor of the salmon, so all you're left with is a light, flaky meal bursting with natural flavors that even the kids can get on board with.

1 6 oz. salmon portion
1/2 lb. fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
1/2 tablespoon dried dill weed
juice from 1/4 lemon (or about 1/2 tablespoon)

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1. Fill a pot with just enough water to cover the bottom. Heat it to medium-low (a 4 on my range) on the stove.

2. Place the salmon on a cutting board or other clean work surface and squeeze the lemon juice over it. I like to squeeze a little on the surface before I put the salmon down to make sure the bottom gets some flavor too. Rub the lemon juice in very gently with your fingertips.

3. Shake enough dill to cover the salmon and rub it in gently with your fingertips.

4. Place the salmon and the asparagus on a steamer basket and lower the basket into the pot. The water should not touch the food. This would be a good time to add salt or butter to your asparagus if you want it, so the steam melts it in.

5. Put the lid on the pot and let it cook for 9-10 minutes. Do not lift the lid before that or you will lose the steam.

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