This dish is incredibly flavorful and unbelievably simple. Soy sauce and orange juice permeate the fish, while toasted-sesame oil gives it a nutty accent. Boiling the marinade turns it into a thick glaze.
Cooking fresh salmon en papillote (that is, in parchment) is a messproof way to coax the most flavor from the fish without adding a lot of oil or butter -- and it's pretty much impossible to dry the salmon out with this cooking method.
Detox Cred: Citrus and fresh herbs add clean, fresh flavor to foods, so you don't need to use much (if any) salt. Cilantro lends more than a little zing here: the vibrant herb contains healing phytonutrients and has antimicrobial properties.
When you bake fish and vegetables in parchment, you are steaming them in their own juices. It preserves nutrients and requires little added fat. Serve with cooked brown rice, barley, or another whole grain.
When you roast a piece of salmon, the result is lustrous and so tender it verges on buttery. Succulent spring onions, cooked with the fish until they're caramelized, are a textural counterpoint. The beauty of this dish is that you can put it in the oven while the ham is resting, then serve them together in all their glory.
Nobu drew from elements of a traditional Japanese breakfast for this donburi (rice bowl). Partially cooked salmon (Nobu is known for the technique) is flaked and seasoned with soy sauce, and eggs are scrambled soft with minced white onion, tomato juice, and sake. To serve, line the bowl with rice; then layer with the salmon, toasted nori, eggs, and then a garnish of toasted sesame seeds. (Nobu suggests a dollop of caviar or salmon roe.)