simple salmon

here in the great northwest, we eat a lot of salmon! so much so that it is really easy to grow tired of the tasty pink fish and yearn for a nice medium rare juicy ribeye slathered in bbq sauce! maybe that’s just my poor, denied little stomach doing the talking right now but i’m listening and i think i came up with a delicious and simple recipe to quiet it down. this salmon dish is easy enough, even for those of us who are not the most confident of fish cookers.

honey-soy glazed salmon (makes 2 servings)

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
splash of fresh lemon juice
2- 8oz salmon filets

in a bowl big enough to hold both filets, whisk together all the ingredients. place the filets, flesh side down in the marinade, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
preheat oven to 400 degrees.
on a small cookie sheet covered in foil, place the salmon, flesh side up. bake on the middle rack for about 10 minutes. while the fish is cooking, pour the marinade into a small sauce pan and reduce it to a syrupy glaze. brush the glaze on the salmon and continue to cook until the salmon is firm on the outside but pink inside. (about another 5 to 10 minutes). transfer the filets (the skin will stick to the foil so you can just leave it behind) to plates and serve with orzo. (recipe to follow)

this was super simple and tasty enough to get my mind off of steak and back on track. the orzo was a wonderful accompaniment so i will post the recipe for it as well. i’m proud to say that i haven’t strayed from my new year’s promise and i’m feeling pretty groovy. 2 more weeks to go! if i could only stop the pigs and wine bottles from dancing in my head…

About jentarantino

i went to culinary school back in the mid 90's where i soon discovered that most of my favorite things to eat begin with celery, carrots and onions; or at the very least, one of the three. i cooked professionally for a very short time, but never stopped being a "home cook". i used the skills i acquired in school to teach myself to bake and kept up on food trends by becoming addicted to cooking shows and food magazines. i will eventually open my own soup shop, but until that happens, this blog will be my culinary outlet. i hope it inspires you to... stand lovingly over a simmering pot, wait anxiously for rising bread dough, frost cupcakes with care, marinate, brine, and most importantly... make it yourself!
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