One Pan Rice and Fish! Talk about an easy dinner idea that checks off all the boxes: flavor, texture, presentation, economical, and last but not least, absolutely delicious!
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One Pan Rice and Fish! If you love having a fish dish on your weekday menu plan, then this is the dish for you. It has incredible flavor and is full of fresh delicious components!
I am sure that I am not the only one being inspired by the Food Network Stars. One of my favorites is Jamie Oliver. His passion is infectious, and the food he prepares always intrigues me because he uses great ingredients and more so, also makes it so easy!
As usual, Jamie made a dish that I just fell in love with. A dish that had all the components of a meal done in one pan, furthermore, made in very little time! One we call One Pan Rice and Fish!
Let me take you into our kitchen and show you how this wonderful recipe is done!
Finding great ingredients is half the battle of making a wonderful dish. We are advocates for fresh, good quality food. This recipe highlights that fact and as a result, it delivers in so many ways! Let's see what we have:
- Icelandic cod
- E.v.o oil
- Basmati rice
- Cherry or grape tomatoes
- Fresh basil
Toasting the rice!
To maximize flavor, firstly, I like to toast the rice with olive oil and the Kalamata olives. This will give the rice a wonderful nuttiness accompanied by that salty acidity of the olives. Furthermore, I hold off on the seasoning to see just how much the olives do. Secondly, I add the water and let it come to a boil!
Dressing the tomatoes!
While the rice is coming to a boil, time to wash the tomatoes, half them, and season with a splash of e.v.o. oil, salt and pepper, and some torn basil. As a result, we are elevating the flavors again because this is all going into the same pan!
Nestle the cod!
Fish is one of those ingredients that so many are afraid of. It is easily overcooked and in the same respect, because of fear, it can be undercooked. Well, this recipe takes care of that because we nestle that cod into the rice. This will create a wonderful envelope for the fish to steam, more so, this means moist flaky fish and to me this means success!
The last toppers!
The only thing left to do for this dish is to place the tomatoes, capers, and basil on top, then put the lid on, and let it cook! After a bit, we do take the lid off and let the rest of the water dissipate leaving us with fluffy rice!
Let's talk flavor and texture!
When you lift that lid just to let some of the leftover liquid dissipate, you are greeted with a wonderful aroma of basil, tomato, nuttiness from the rice, and that familiar scent of the sea! I was anxious to see how the fish did, so carefully I moved the rice, and there it was, plump, flaky, oozing with juices all bathed in the intricacies of this One Pan Rice and Fish.
More flavor and texture!
The rice perfect, with a little bite, and that acidity from the olives and capers really enhance the flavor beautifully. Those tomatoes added some sweetness to the pot. However, when you get a nice fork full of all the ingredients, it is a symphony of flavor and texture. The cod melts while the rice adds a nice bite, and more so, the basil brings in a fragrance that, partnered with the tomato, is the icing on the cake!
What I hear from people most often is that time is the factor why they don't do more home cooking. Today with the ease of ordering meals online it can be so convenient, however, there is nothing like getting into the kitchen and literally preparing a lovely dish in less than half an hour.
The end result, sitting down to a meal where you know the ingredients, have put in your own energy, and finally, the feeling of satisfaction that you made it and it tastes so dam good!
I hope you give this One Pan Rice and Fish a try. It is so worth it!
P.S. Once again, thank you Jamie for your very infectious foodie enthusiasm and wonderfully easy recipes!