Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Don’t you hate those crazy days when your feet hit the ground running in the morning and just never seem to be able to stop until the rest of you crumples in a sweaty, exhausted, glassy-eyed heap on the floor about twelve hours later?   I’ll bet those of you that have already waved goodbye to forty know what I mean.  And then, as you’re trying to resuscitate yourself, you’re met with hungry, quizzical eyes and the dreaded question, “What are you making for dinner?” ARGHHHH!  At that point, I usually want to bare my teeth and snarl “Reservations!” But, I usually don’t.  After all, it’s not their fault.  Although, they could offer to help out once in a while.  But, that’s a story for another day…..

Anyway, it’s on nights like those that I usually either call Pizza Hut or dig out a box of Hamburger Helper.  No, I’m not proud of it. But I will admit that, on occasion, I have resorted to Hamburger Helper to fill the bellies of my loved ones.  Cheeseburger Macaroni is my poison of choice.

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Sometimes, however, before total delirium sets in, I still have the presence of mind stop at the store on my way home and pick up something that I can throw together in minutes to stave off the ravenous hordes.  Well, not actual hordes.  There are only three of us – four, if you count Bella. But, she’s usually happy with a bowl of kibble. 

This Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon is one of those “throw together” dishes. It is so light and flavorful and very easy to make.  In fact, you probably already have all of the glaze ingredients in your pantry. All you do is mix some maple syrup, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar together, brush it on some fresh salmon, and then bake it.  A total no-brainer!  I also added some pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the glaze to give it a little kick, because I had some.   A squirt of sriracha sauce does the trick too.  You should try to get the nicest, freshest salmon you can, though. It makes a difference.  I used a wild sockeye salmon this time.

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I made a quick little Mango-Peach Salsa to serve alongside the salmon inspired by this recipe from Todd and Diane at White on Rice Couple . I really like the cool, sweet flavors of this fruit salsa with the glazed fish.  If you don’t feel like doing any slicing and dicing, you can pick some pre-made stuff while you’re buying your fish at the market.  Or, you could leave it out altogether.  I also served this dish with some “steam in the bag” frozen vegetables.  They come in a huge variety of different combinations, are soooo convenient and they are actually quite good. The whole point is to keep it simple.

So, the next time you find yourself in a time crunch or just can’t bear the thought of cooking a complicated dinner, remember that there are options.  Not to sound like Rachael Ray but, you can serve your family a delicious and nutritious meal in less than the time it takes for the pizza delivery guy to get to your house.  This whole meal took me less than thirty minutes to get on the table. If I can do it, so can you!

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If you like this dish, you might also like some of these from the SGCC Archives:

Misoyaki Salmon

Slow Cooked Salmon

Pistachio-Crusted Flounder with Minneola-Ginger Buerre Blanc

Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Homemade Ponzu Sauce

20 responses to Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon

  1. On July 15, 2010 at 12:48pm, Jessica @ How Sweet said...

    What night ISN’T a time crunch for me?! This is perfect!

  2. On July 15, 2010 at 1:18pm, Eliana said...

    WOW – what an amazing looking dish. Love all the colors and flavors. It’s perfect :)

  3. On July 15, 2010 at 1:39pm, Joanne said...

    I’m pretty sure you have those days no matter how old you are, unfortunately (for me). But this salmon really is the perfect solution for that…especially because I adore salmon.

  4. On July 15, 2010 at 1:58pm, Rosa said...

    That looks so good and healthy! A wonderful summer dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. On July 15, 2010 at 2:59pm, Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

    I love using maple syrup as a glaze for salmon. I usually mix it with orange juice.

  6. On July 15, 2010 at 4:23pm, Nick (Macheesmo) said...

    Perfect Summertime dish! I have a tiny bit of maple syrup left… maybe I’ll give this a shot!

  7. On July 15, 2010 at 5:01pm, Paula said...

    what a wonderfull colours!

    Paula

  8. On July 15, 2010 at 6:46pm, Joan Nova said...

    Very nice Susan. Colorful, light and full of flavor.

  9. On July 15, 2010 at 7:38pm, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

    That looks and sounds incredible! I love, love, LOVE salmon. That dish is divine. :)

    Jenn

  10. On July 15, 2010 at 9:50pm, jeanne dyson said...

    This salmon sounds so great I can’t wait to try it! I do a Salmon with Maple Soy Glaze on a Bed of Scallions, but this sounds more “zingy”! The salsa looks fantastic, such great colors, but I’ll bet the salmon is great without it too! I am such a purist about salmon…YUM!

  11. On July 15, 2010 at 10:11pm, Marie said...

    I would take this over hamburger Helper and pizza Hut any day!!!!! Looks healthy a delish!

  12. On July 16, 2010 at 2:52am, momgateway said...

    …great combination…read it somewhere that salmon tends to lift the mood of kids with depression…I can relate to your stressful times at the end of a workday, particularly when I still need to thaw the meats and everyone is already begging for food ..

  13. On July 16, 2010 at 5:49am, nina said...

    Susan, this is so beautiful. Perfect for a summer dinner in the garden. Love the vibrant colors!

  14. On July 16, 2010 at 10:09am, bellini valli said...

    This takes salmon into the realm of summer Susan with the refreshing tropical flavours.

  15. On July 16, 2010 at 12:57pm, Jack said...

    This looks incredibly tasty, I can’t wait to try it! Be sure to post restaurant reviews at http://tinyurl.com/26okadh !!!

  16. On July 16, 2010 at 7:17pm, foodcreate said...

    That looks so delicious awesome summer meal .

  17. On July 17, 2010 at 4:28pm, Peter said...

    The maple-mustard thing has been done (it’s good) but you made the dish super with your Super Susan’s Salsa!

  18. On July 18, 2010 at 7:12pm, ciaochowlinda said...

    Susan – I’m in Alaska right now eating my share of salmon, but I haven’t come across anything as delectable as your recipe and tempting photos.

  19. On July 18, 2010 at 8:12pm, Sarah said...

    Too funny. Love this. And yep – I have all the ingredients in my pantry! Easy enough.

  20. On July 22, 2010 at 1:22am, Lisle said...

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I. LOVE. YOU. My kids would probably even finish the salmon. Or fight over the leftovers, only to discover that I’d finished them off in the wee hours of the morning so I wouldn’t have to share…

    YUM! Thank you!

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