When I got home from New Orleans this week, I found 3 salmon fillets that my hubby had defrosted in the fridge. Apolinaras is a great cook and loves to grill and throw meals together with whatever is laying around. Because he doesn’t ever follow recipes or write things down, he’s never able to quite recreate the same dish twice. But, he has several variations on a theme he routinely makes that are quite good, like pasta with garlic, cheese, and shrimp, and spicy turkey patties with couscous. He’s always very proud when I come home to a delicious dinner he’s prepared that is ready to eat – I know I’m a lucky girl! He has not, however, tackled cooking fish yet, because he’s afraid of over cooking it and drying it out. Whenever I try to show him how easy it is, he tells me I cook it perfectly and makes one of his cute faces that makes me heart melt. He’s wiggled his way out of learning so far, but I am determined to teach him eventually!
Anyway, when I saw the defrosted salmon, I knew it was a present for me. I decided to make a citrus and soy sauce marinade with garlic and ginger. While the salmon finished cooking in the oven, I reduced the marinade to make a thick sauce to spoon over the top of the cooked salmon. I love the variety of frozen veggie mixes at Trader Joe’s and recently discovered one called the Brittany Blend, which is a mix of green beans, wax beans, and baby carrots. I steamed an entire package and served it alongside the salmon. It was a super healthy meal that came together in no time at all.
Citrus Glazed Salmon
1/4 cup orange juice
Juice of one lemon (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 salmon fillets (7 ounces each)
Whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, honey, and garlic, and marinate salmon fillets for 20 minutes to an hour in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the salmon fillets on both sides. Bake salmon for 10 min at 350ºF or until no longer raw in the center. Meanwhile, add marinade to the skillet and boil for 10 minutes, or under reduced to desired consistency.
Nutrition: 378 calories, 14.7g fat, 0.4g fiber, 47.5g protein per serving
Cost: $2.71 per serving