I have a secret to share. Well, kind of, because I can only tell you part of it but when the time is right, you bet I will tell it all. So… in a nutshell, there is this “thing” I really really want in my life and even though I try, I just can’t be patient enough to calmly wait. I day dream about this “thing” which is not letting me focus on other “things”. Argww! I know, I know too many “things” to keep up with this story. I pray I get this “thing” soon and when that happens I will share it with you.
The idea with this confusing secret sharing of mine, is that sometimes we want things fast and easy and in life that may not always be the case. “Patience is a virtue” – The good news is that with a few tricks, in the kitchen you can surely cook fast and easy. I am of the kind that will work hard, give love to my cooking all to obtain the best result and not compromise on flavors but some times something as delicious as a salmon can be cooked fast and easy. This is one of my best kept secrets, my 12 minute salmon.
Fish can be tricky to cook in a pan, is it seared properly? will I get the right outside crunch and the perfect flaky and smooth center? is it cook all the way? will it keep its shape and not brake?… I think of all those things when cooking delicate fish on the stove. That is why one day I was soo happy when I learned a trick from my favorite grocery store (Wegmans) on how to cook salmon: 12 minutes under the broiler and done!
And how should I season it? how will it taste incredibly good and not fishy. Well, that is part of my secret too. You can make an amazing marinade for salmon with a few ingredients. Take your favorite marmalade, pineapple, apricot and peach work very well, and mix it with mustard and soy sauce. Done!
As an option, you can add ginger or horseradish to give it a zing and you can also sprinkle the marinated salmon with brown sugar to get a better caramelization.
Brush the marinade on a salt and peppered salmon fillet and bake it under the broiler for 12 minutes and dinner will be served.
If I have any salmon left over (which that rarely happens) I take the cold salmon and use it to make wraps. It is healthy, delicious and a fun way to enjoy the leftovers.
- 2 salmon filets, about 6 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons Apricot marmalade or marmalade of choice
- ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional (but recommended) ¼ teaspoon ground fresh ginger or prepared horseradish
- sprinkle of brown sugar
- Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
- In a bowl combine all other ingredients and mix well to form a marinade.
- Let the fillets rest, covered with the marinade for minimum 15 minutes.
- Grease a baking pan with olive oil, placing the filets to broil.
- With a brush remove any excess marinade from the top of the salmon to make sure it gets a nice color.
- Sprinkle the salmon tops with a touch of brown sugar.
- Place salmon on baking dish under the broiler, about 8 to 10 inches under the broiler, and broil for 12 minutes.