Thursday, May 24, 2012

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Salmon

I really enjoy eating salmon, especially if I am cooking it the way I like. Salmon is so easy to prepare and absolutely delicious any way you make it. It is an excellent source of Omega-3's, Vitamin D and DHA. It is such a hearty and filling fish! I highly recommend if you are going to eat salmon, that you eat wild salmon. Farmed salmon usually has dyes added to it to give it it's pink color and they are usually much higher in PCB's (which are very toxic). Farmed salmon is given a fish feed that is made up of a bunch of foods that are unnatural for salmon to be eating such as soy, wheat and even antibiotics. Wild salmon isn't only a better choice for you but also better for the environment, so keep that in mind. 

In this recipe, you will be baking and then broiling the salmon. I like to bake fish, it seems to cook it throughout without burning the bottom or drying it out. I find that broiling it at the end gives the glaze a chance to brown up well and caramelize slightly. It really makes a difference.

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Salmon 

Cook Time: <20 minutes
Prep Time: < 5 mins
Serves: 4 (4oz portions)

  • Olive Oil spray
  • 1 lb of wild caught Alaskan Salmon (or wild pacific)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp of dark brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley, minced (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray an oven safe pan with oil to prevent sticking. Place the salmon skin side down.

Rub the mustard and brown sugar on top of the salmon, coating the entire exposed surface. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer to the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven temperature to broil (high) and broil the salmon for about 2-4 minutes, or until the top starts to brown slightly. 

Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

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