Umami: “This fifth basic taste – alongside sweet, sour, salty, and bitter – was named umami, meaning “savoriness” in Japanese”.
AKA delicious. AKA I want it. AKA that taste that you recognize but can’t put a name to. Umami.
This salmon and broccolini umami bowl is named as such because it is so savory and delicious and cozy and nourishing and literally just ALL the good things. You know those nights when you are craving something that will give you a hug but won’t make you feel greasy afterward? Yeah, me too. And this is it.
The first time I made this bowl, I made it two times in one week. And I don’t foresee that being unusual with this here dish.
If you have had broccolini before and kinda really hated it, don’t write the whole vegetable off yet!!
Broccolini is a super bitter veg if left as is. Which is whyyyy you blanch it before roasting it.
What is blanching?? Basically you throw broccolini in bowling water for 45 seconds to one minute and the water helps to suck out the bitterness, leaving it in the water and not in your mouth. But then to take the flavor one step further, we are going to roast the broccolini to get a nice crispiness to it. I’m telling you- preparation is errrthangggg.
The other super star of this bowl is the farro.
Farro is an ancient whole grain that is super high in fiber and iron. As with everything, I wanted to get as much flavor out of the farro as I could. So you will start by toasting the farro in the oven for just 10 minutes. This is going to bring out a nutty flavor and just enhance it a bit.
Another way we are going to bump up the flava flave is by the water that we cook the farro in.
Instead of just plain water, we are adding half of an onion and some garlic and salt to the water so that those flavors will seep into the farro, giving you a delicious flavor in the end.
And lastly, the salmon is super easy. You will just sprinkle some salt, pepper and garlic powder on it and roast it on the same pan and at the same time as the broccolini. Too easy mate!
And if you make it, pretty please leave a comment and a rating!! It helps me out a bunch 🙂 preciate ya!
A super delicious and healthy bowl of farro, broccolini and salmon!
- 2 (5 oz) salmon fillets
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 4 slices of lemon
- 1 c farro
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 2 c white mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 bunch broccolini
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
First prepare the farro:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread farro out on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 10 minutes. While the farro is toasting, boil a large pot of water with 2 tbsp salt, 1/2 of a yellow onion (diced), thyme sprigs and 2 garlic cloves (minced) in the water. When the water is at a boil, add in the farro and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the farro is soft. Place a strainer over a large bowl and strain out the water from the farro into the bowl (the onions and garlic will remain in the farro). Pour the water back into the pot you were previously using.
Secondly, prepare the broccolini:
Cut off the ends of the broccolini and rinse thoroughly. Bring the water you preserved from the farro back up to a boil and place the broccolini in the boiling water for ~45 seconds. The broccolini should get brighter in green color. Remove the broccolini from the boiling water and place in a bowl of cold water. After several minutes of sitting in the cold water, remove the broccolini and pat it dry with paper towels. Toss the broccolini with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
Next, prepare the salmon:
Increase the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly sprinkle a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper and a pinch of garlic powder over the top of the salmon. Place two slices of lemon on each fillet of salmon. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the salmon and broccolini on top. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 and the tops of the broccolini lightly brown.
While the salmon and broccolini are cooking, heat up a medium sized frying pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add mushrooms to the frying pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are a dark brown color. Add mushrooms to cooked farro and mix together.
Assemble the farro, broccolini and salmon in a bowl and serve!
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: umami, salmon, farro, mushrooms, broccolini