Friday, August 20, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Salmon

Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Salmon, Steamed Broccoli, and Wild Rice

I'll start by saying, i had a recipe i was going to slightly follow, but well i didn't have a few of the ingredients it called for when i got home, so i completely 100% came up with this on the fly and with whatever i thought would go well together...and i have to say it came out damn good! it's sweet, tangy, and then pow! some welcomed heat.

lets get started!
First lets make the sauce put on the salmon - i didn't have that much Soy on hand so i went with Teriyaki and pretty much "the kitchen sink"
In a small sauce pan add about 1/4 cup teriyaki, 1/4 cup honey (i used local!) 2 tablespoons EVOO, 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil, a squirt of lime juice, about 3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, a pinch of garlic powder, 2-3 teaspoons powdered ginger, 2-3 teaspoons ground red pepper, 3 thick slices of fresh homegrown jalepeno, and a dash of soy. if i forgot anything i'll add it later - but that's pretty much it. now bring to a boil then simmer these together for about 10-15 minutes stirring frequently.

Now preheat the oven to 475degrees. and Start your rice. I use Near East boxed Garlic and Herb rice - it's delish!
now prepare your broccoli - cut, put in pot, add a little water and seasoning - then DON'T COOK IT YET! ...i'll let you know - again broccoli is delicate and should not be overcooked!
next pull out your salmon and place skin side down on a foiled baking sheet - DO NOT OIL THE'll see why soon.
this is what your stove will look like mid-process (broccoli NOT cooking yet!)

once the rice has been cooking for about 10 minutes and the sauce has thickened up a little - you can pour 1/2 the sauce on the salmon
put inthe oven for about 20 minutes or 10 minutes per inch thickness - during this process the oven will smoke a lot and you will think your salmon is burning, it's not...just be prepared the honey sauce will burn and smoke, but thi is not affecting your salmon. i promise. see:
once you pull the salmon out of the oven, turn on the broccoli Full heat - when it starts to steam and you can hear the water boiling wait 2 minutes then turn off heat, but don't open the lid.
remember not using oil on the pan? - this is why....when you take your spatula to remove salmon the skin stays on the foil and your salmon is not burned on the bottom. (unless you just really like salmon skin - then well do it your way! :) )
plate up and enjoy!