Fish rice broccoli bowl

21 Apr

Fish rice broccoli bowl

“Andrea has made… steamed Japanese rice, a store-bought smoked mackerel fillet, and steamed broccoli, garnished with strips of nori and a sprinkling of sesame seeds,” Nova drawled in wicked imitation of India Fisher, as we settled with our rice bowls in front of the telly to watch Masterchef.

I get this kind of thing a lot: “You’ve let yourself down on the presentation again, I’m afraid”, or “for me, the elements don’t combine into a single dish” or occasionally “this cherry sorbet is a lovely, lovely thing.”

Masterchef fare it isn’t, but it is a great mid-week meal – ready in the time it takes to steam a pot of rice. The dish works with any smoked fish – hot smoked salmon or trout are both good – but I like it best with mackerel.

Fish rice broccoli
(serves 4)

  • 2 cups Japanese rice
  • 1 small head of broccoli, broken into florets
  • 4 smoked mackerel fillets, skinned
  • 1 sheet toasted nori, cut into strips
  • 2 Tb sesame seeds
  • soy sauce and sansho pepper to taste
  1. Measure the rice into a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear before cooking it in 4 cups of water.
  2. Steam the broccoli florets until just tender.
  3. Place a serving of rice in a bowl. Top with chunks of mackerel and pieces of broccoli, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and finish with a mound of nori strips.
  4. Season with soy sauce and sansho pepper to taste.

5 Responses to “Fish rice broccoli bowl”

  1. Adam Garfunkel April 21, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    Simple and delicious!

  2. Yana April 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    :))) You made me laugh.. I feel the same about Masterchef! I love it though :))
    Oh, and your cherry sorbet sounds wonderful indeed, perfect for upcoming warmer weather!

    • Andrea April 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      It’s inspiring and demoralising in equal measure…

  3. kiran April 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Not sure I would drawl, drool more like!

    • Andrea April 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

      Good one! 🙂

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