Seafood

Tamari & Maple Glazed Baked Salmon

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Salmon has quickly become one of my go-to, easy weeknight dinners. Total life saver. Fancy fare that’s so (SO) easy to make, it’s embarrassing! It’s incredibly versatile too; think salads, pasta, roast potatoes… you name it! The possibilities are endless. Not only does it deliver great protein, Omega 3’s & tastes great; but it’s literally ready in 10 minutes & makes for quick, weeknight dinners while still supporting healthy eating habits.

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Before we move on to the recipe, I thought it would be important to add this side note. Have you ever given much thought to where or how your salmon was raised/farm when you visit the grocery store? Well, I’ll be perfectly honest. I didn’t either. I know better now and am well aware of the many dangers of farm-raised salmon using open net-cage technology. Fish farming involves the use of pesticides, chemicals & antibiotics. Not only does this contaminate the fish being farmed, but the surrounding marine environment. Always opt for salmon that is either wild caught; or responsibly raised in a close containment system. I found a brilliant online brochure on this subject, by none other than the David Suzuki Foundation.  For those of you wanting to read more in order to make better informed choices, it’s called “Think Twice About Eating Farmed Salmon”. Check it out!

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Now back to that salmon dream & the perfect marinade! I consume large amounts of wild caught salmon because of the essential fatty acids & the Vitamin D. I believe that salmon is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods on the planet. I also believe less is more when it comes to marinating salmon & you don’t need to unload your entire spice rack or you’ll lose the flavor of this wonderful, fatty fish. You are looking to compliment the flavor, not to obliterate it. Always keep that in mind.

Tamari & Maple Baked Salmon

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15 mins
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  • 1 tbsp of Tamari sauce (much healthier, gluten-free alternative to soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil or 1 tbsp of grassfed butter
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of fresh chopped parsley or dill
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

For garnish: some capers or lemon slices goes great!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F
  2. Line a baking sheet or tray with aluminum foil
  3. Always pat dry your salmon with a cloth or kitchen towel. I like to use a small pan to marinate it. I drizzle the olive oil, maple & tamari. I flip the salmon over to get an even coating on both sides. I leave it soaking while the oven warms up to desired temperature.
  4. Sprinkle a little pepper, parsley (chilli flakes optional). It also tastes amazing with a little dill!
  5. Roasting time depends on the number of fillets & thickness of the latter: for 2 fillets, usually 8-10 minutes will do. I always check them at the 8 minute mark.
  6. Checking for doneness: if the salmon flakes easily with a fork- it’s ready!

If you want to recreate the above picture, it’s an incredibly easy salad: baby spinach, sliced pear, dried cherries, avocado, pepita or pumpkin seeds & balsamic vinaigrette.  Enjoy with a glass of wine, friends!

By: Aleyda | The Dish On Healthy