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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Brown Sugar & Mustard Glazed Salmon

This is a recipe I got from allrecipes.com.  They have a section called "15-Minute Meals," which is where this came from.  I made several changes to the original recipe, but it still takes about 15-minutes from prep to ready-to-eat (which is awesome).  This glaze has a pretty strong flavor that goes perfectly with salmon.  I have used it on chicken and other fish, but I recommend using salmon because the strong flavor of salmon goes really well with the spicy/ sweet glaze.  A more delicate fish is overpowered by the glaze.  This is another one of those recipes that looks and tastes fancy, like it took much longer and cost a lot more to prepare.  (I love those kinds of recipes!)  There are very few ingredients in the glaze, but they really are flavorful.
There are two options for cooking the fish once the glaze is on: broiling or baking.  I will give you times, etc. for both options below, but I recommend broiling.  Not only does it take less time, but it makes the glaze a little hard (like an actual glaze), which is a nice texture.  However, to some people the glaze on the fish looks a little strange; it is marbled onto the fish.  (I think it looks nice).  If you bake the fish, the glaze is more like a sauce, which some people may prefer because of the look, and also because there is extra sauce to put on rice, etc. as opposed to the glaze just being on the fish.  For this post, I baked the fish, so the photos show the glaze as a sauce.  
I recommend serving the salmon with rice pilaf and asparagus.

The Ingredients: 
1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of dill
salt and pepper to taste
2 (6-ounce) salmon fillets

The Cooking:
1.  If you are broiling the fish: Preheat the over's broiler.  Make sure your oven rack is about 1/2 foot (6 inches) from the heat source (in some ovens it is the bottom of the oven and in some it is the top of the oven).  Prepare a broiling pan with cooking spray.
2.  If you are baking the fish: Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray. 
3.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper and arrange on broiler pan or baking dish.  
Salt and Pepper.
4.  Make the glaze: whisk together the brown sugar and mustard.
Ready to be Whisked.
5.  Add the dill and whisk mixture again.  If you try the glaze at this point, it will taste really strong.  The first time I made this I was worried it was too much for the fish, but it isn't!  Don't worry.  If you are more of a spicy person, you can add a little more mustard if you want, and if you are more of a sweet person, you can add some more brown sugar, but I recommend it as is.
Dill added.
6.  Spoon mixture evenly onto salmon fillets.
Glaze on Salmon.
7.  If broiling: Cook fish under preheated broiler until fish flakes with fork.  About 10-12 minutes (depends on thickness of fillets).
8.  If baking: Bake for about 15-18 minutes (again, depends on thickness of fillets).

And that's it!  Makes 2-3 servings.  Pretty easy, right?  Enjoy!!

Final product.

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