Cooking for One: Salmon and Spinach

Written by Alisa Roberts on Monday, 14 May 2012. Posted in Food Mood

I struggle with a quirk that I’m sure many of you find familiar: I have a problem cooking only a little bit of food. You would think this would be a worry only for those cooking for large families, not for themselves and maybe a roommate. I think it’s in the genes; Jewish women are not known for their stingy food portions. It’s usually not the end of the world; I like leftovers. But sometimes the fridge is already full, and big family or not - who has time for extra dishes these days? So over the years I’ve come across - and come up with - a few dishes that yield one lovely plate of hot food - and usually only one pan to clean after. This particular recipe was created by my brilliant roommate, but she’s a giver, so now you can enjoy it too.


Salmon and Spinach


Salmon fillet
1 cup fresh spinach
Fresh garlic

1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oil (I use olive oil)
Spices (I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, and cayenne pepper...but you can use whatever you like)



In a very lightly oiled pan, sauté as much chopped garlic as you like for a few minutes. Add a generous helping of fresh spinach (it’s not just for salads!). When the spinach is cooked, plate it and set it aside.

Add a bit more oil to the same pan. Spice a salmon fillet to taste (I like a tiny bit of salt and pepper, along with garlic powder, ginger, and cayenne pepper, but be warned - I really like spicy). Add a little soy sauce to the heated oil, and then pan fry the salmon to desired doneness. Serve on the bed of spinach. A hot, healthy meal in minimal time with minimal clean up - and no leftovers to wrap and find a place for! (Of course, if you would like to use this recipe to feed more than one or two people, you could always bake the salmon - one tray will fit a lot of fillets, and still cook pretty quickly.)


What are your favorite 'cooking for one' recipes?

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Alisa Roberts

Alisa Roberts is a freelance writer and editor living in California. She enjoys cooking and baking, but she loves not having a ton of dishes to do afterward.

Comments (1)

  • AidelK
    10 July 2012 at 23:35 |

    This looks really good. I often make food just for myself, because my family can eat many more calories than I can! I made an absolutely delicious lunch today--as good as entrees I've had at Solo! I had a very fresh piece of sea bass. I squeezed half a lime on top and chunked up four button mushrooms on top of that. I microwaved it for 3 minutes, let it sit about 1 minute or so. (Enough to toss a salad.) It was amazing!! I was nervous about microwaving the sea bass, but it really works! And only 1 plate to wash!

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