Balsamic Glazed Salmon

I never had much interest for salmon until my husband went fishing in Alaska. The views in Alaska sure are breathtaking compared to what I am used to in Pennsylvania! The wild salmon that he had caught was shipped home for all of us to enjoy. Salmon is one of our favorite meals to eat as a family whether smoked, grilled, or baked.

Last year we were craving wild caught salmon and decided to order from a fishery in Alaska; J-Dock Seafood Company in Seward, Alaska. They are a family owned and operated fish processing company and fresh Alaska seafood market. The salmon that we purchased was caught fresh and shipped to us FedEx Priority Overnight. For more information, visit the website for J-Dock Seafood Company.

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The recipe below is a different option from my Grilled Salmon Salad which uses a marinade. I wanted an option that had a balsamic flavor and that did not require advanced prep work on nights where dinner needs to be quick and easy.

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INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  • 1 Tablespoon of butter (*I use Earth Balance brand; non-GMO, vegan, etc.)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey (*I prefer to use honey bought from a local farm.)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons of Dijon mustard (*I used Spicey Brown Mustard as that was the only mustard I had in the pantry.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (*fresh or dried)
  • Salmon fillets

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Add butter and garlic to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat; stir garlic until soft (about 3 minutes). Mix in white cooking wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and some salt/pepper. Simmer, uncovered (about 3 minutes) or until slightly thickened.
  2. Arrange salmon fillets on foil-lined baking sheet. I use cooking spray on the aluminum foil so the fillets do not stick.
  3. Brush salmon fillets with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with oregano. *A tip is to use a fork to put holes in the salmon fillets so that the balsamic glaze can soak into the salmon.
  4. Bake in oven for 12 to 14 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Salmon should flake easily with a fork.
  5. Brush salmon fillets with remaining glaze and use a spatula to transfer salmon fillets to a plate (leaving the skin behind on the foil).
  6. Enjoy!

A side of veggies goes great with the Salmon fillets. Any extra salmon can be used to make a salad for lunch the next day.

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