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I'll be honest–I almost never cook myself dinner on a weeknight. Despite the fact that half of my job feels like developing and promoting content to help the average home cook live their best weeknight dinner life, I myself almost never get around to the deed. Practice what you preach, you know?
Usually, you can find me coasting off of leftovers that I may have scrounged from the FeedfeedBrooklyn Test Kitchen, or I’ll just make a pot of popcorn and call it a day. Luxury, I know. I can confirm, however, that I have made this one skillet salmon dinner on a weeknight, and it truly is a winner. In the time it took me to prep and cook this entire dish, I was able to simultaneously catch up on a week’s worth of gossip from The Bachelor with my roommates and have dinner ready for us all before the show’s 8 pm start. Not to mention, cleaning it all up after the final rose ceremony at the end of the show was a breeze! One skillet = minimal clean up. Pretty impressive, huh?
If cooking fish seems intimidating or too over-the-top for a weeknight, worry not. This humble dinner is basically fool proof. Fennel gives the entire dish a fresh, slightly anise flavor that brightens up the rich, creamy pan sauce. A handful of castelvetrano olives (the gateway olive, if you will) adds a briny kick, while sun-dried tomatoes bring a subtle pop of sweetness. Basically, this dinner has it all. If you’re up for it, a pot of rice or a fresh green salad would be a great side for this dinner, but neither is necessary.
Is this salmon recipe going to make me a person that comes home every night and prepares a delicious weeknight dinner? Well, no. I am still me, and sometimes I just want to come home and drink kombucha, eat some dark chocolate, and fall into a deep rabbit hole of Youtube videos of Shawn Mendes, you know? However, I can proclaim (with confidence) that if you’re wanting a delicious meal at the end of a long day, this creamy salmon skillet is a mighty fine option. Especially if you’re watching The Bachelor–cheers to a solid weeknight dinner and finding love!