Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Orange Glazed Salmon

I make no secret of it. I like sweet. Ohhh, that's not quite true...I love sweet. Salty and umami are good, but a distant second. Sour, third...and I don't think bitter is anywhere on my map. That being said, here's my favorite recipe for broiled salmon. It's on the sweet side, see all that delicious caramelization in the picture? This can be made on a weekday, and I can guarantee it can be on your plate faster than a visit to the take out window (if you have a salmon fillet on hand). The rest of the ingredients are staples in most kitchens (everyone has coriander and cumin, right?). Marinate the fillet in orange juice for 10 minutes. Use this time to mix up the rub and preheat the broiler. Broil the marinated and rubbed salmon for 8 minutes. Dinner! See how fast that was? I love making this when I am home alone, it's so easy, so fast, and so elegant. The rub can easily be halved, and it's not expensive (so throwing out unused rub doesn't feel like a sin). If you like spicy-sweet, add some cayenne pepper.

Orange Glazed Salmon

1 orange
4 six ounce salmon fillets
4 - 6 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. black pepper (or cayenne if you like sweet-spicy rubs)
1/2 tsp. Kosher or sea salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)

Grate the zest from the orange (a microplane is best for this), and then juice the orange. Marinate the salmon in the freshly squeeze orange juice for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler and combine the orange zest with the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt, and pepper. Remove salmon from orange juice. Rub with approx 2 tsp of orange-spice blend. Place salmon on the broiler pan, rub side up. Broil for 8 minutes or until salmon is cooked.

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