Recipe: Simple Brown Sugar Salmon

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The Handsome Husband came home with a sack full of free salmon filets the other night.  Apparently one of his co-workers has a father in-law who imports seafood.  Translation: we get a lot of free fish.  Salmon, cod, shrimp you name it.  But the thing is, I don’t really know how to cook fish.  The only way I have ever prepared salmon is with a pat of butter and a scoop of brown sugar on top.

During the summer months I’ll wrap it in foil and toss it on the grill.  In the winter, I just place the salmon on a lined cookie sheet and bake it for about 20 minutes at 350º.

Is there another way to cook salmon?  How do YOU cook it?  Am I missing out on something?

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  1. i don’t have anything to add. the grill is our preferred method and it’s never very fancy.

  2. try some pesto on top, delish! Unless you don’t care for pesto.

  3. I don’t really like salmon but I do remember I used to marinade to mask the taste…honey, soy and sesame oil, probably preparing it the night before I was cooking it, then cook it on a griddle pan. I served this with oven roasted peppers and couscous. But I gave up, I did try to like it.

    Icidently that marinade makes an awesome mushroom dish, just pour over lots over sliced mushrooms and cook in the oven for 2o mins. Goes well with rice, greens and sesame seeds. I wish I could remember the quantities, I think it was 2 tbsp soy, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp sesame oil (x how ever much you need for what your doing).

    If you get lots of fish I suggest you serve fish with mash one night (cooking extra) then make fish cakes the next day.

    I am jealous of your free fish, it costs so much here.

  4. Krista in WA says:

    Hi Mavis!

    Here’s the way my family likes salmon:

    Lemon juice (bottled is fine)
    McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning (simple s&p is also fine)
    BBQ sauce (my fam loves Sweet Baby Rays, but any will do)
    thinly sliced green onions

    You can either do this in your oven or on the grill. Either way, you’ll want to place the salmon on a large piece of aluminum foil that is big enough to encase the entire piece of fish. If doing it in the oven, place the aluminum foil packet on a baking sheet. Baking sheet not necessary for grill prep, although I do like to double the foil.

    Drizzle the lemon juice over the fish and then sprinkle on the the Montreal Steak Seasoning to your preference. Cover the salmon with a light coating of your favorite bbq sauce and sprinkle the green onions over it. If you have fresh lemons, you can slice them thinly and lay them on top of the fish as well. It just looks pretty.

    Close up the foil packet and bake in the oven at 350* until almost done to your liking. A bit before it’s done, open the foil packet to allow the bbq sauce to caramelize a little. Alternatively it can be done on the grill in the same foil packet.

  5. Heather S. says:

    We love fish here :) My boys favorite way to eat it is either with butter, minced garlic, and some Cajun seasoning or marinated in Italian salad dressing. I also just bake on a cookie sheet or wrap in tin foil and barbecue. mmm….

  6. I like making teriyaki salmon fillets. Marinate it in teriyaki flesh side down overnight. I add chunks of pineapple on top with fresh pineapple juice when I cook it, which is usually in the oven. It is tasty!!

  7. I mix maple syrup and honey mustard to make a glaze and just throw the salmon in a fry pan and brush the glaze on – flip half cooked and glaze the other side.

  8. We take purshased vinaigrettes, usually with fruit like walnut raspberry add tobasco or chilies and marinate and broil or gril

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