Friday, September 24, 2010

Apple-Horseradish Glazed Salmon

There are so many things I want to say about this dish that I don't know where to start.  Ok well first off, I'll say that its absolutely delicious, and one of my favorite dinners ever.  Secondly, this was one of my favorite single-girl meals when I was first out of college (and finally had money to buy seafood!).  Until that is, I met Joey.  This was the first meal I ever cooked for him, and I wouldn't be lying if I said its part of why he fell madly in love with me :-). 

And finally, it has come full circle, because Caroline could NOT get enough.  I was actually a little sad - in the past, she hasn't been the biggest fan of salmon, so I only bought enough for Joey and myself.  But since I'm militant about her trying new foods, I gave her a bite of mine.  And she asked for more.  Then more.  Then some more.  And then I had no more salmon left.  I'm afraid our grocery bill just skyrocketed - this girl loves Alaskan wild-caught salmon.

I think the sweet-spicy glaze is what kept Caroline coming back for more.  Its  sweet from the apple jelly, but it has a nice kick from the horseradish, and the glaze really complements the buttery salmon.  I served this with roasted broccoli (which is my favorite way to eat broccoli - and Caroline thinks its hilarious to eat "trees"), and herbed couscous.  Perfect perfect meal.  One of my all-time favorites.

One Year Ago:  Chicken Tortilla Casserole - another family favorite!

Apple and Horseradish-Glazed Salmon
adapted from Cooking Light, May 2004
  • 1/3 cup apple jelly
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh chives
  • 3 Tbs prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350.

In a small bowl, whisk together the jelly, chives, horseradish, vinegar, and 1/4 tsp of the salt.

Heat oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat.  Sprinkle salmon on both sides with remaining salt and pepper.  Lay in a single layer, being careful not to crowd, and cook for 3 minutes.  Carefully flip the salmon fillets, and brush the tops with half the glaze.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until the meat flakes easily with a fork.  Remove from oven and brush with remaining glaze.  Serve immediately.


Heather said...

This look delicious! My husband and I love salmon-this looks like a wonderful new recipe I will definitely have to cook for him!

Roxan said...

Josie, this salmon looks delicious! And so cute that this is the first thing you made for your husband. I wonder if you could substitute the horseradish with wasabi and make it a sort of asian-y salmon? :)

Kira said...

My H is actually not that fond of salmon, but now I have to make it because I know he'll LOVE that glaze.

Joanne said...

Hmmm so this is the dish that caught you a husband? I've been looking for one of those. Definitely bookmarked! :P

Gloria Kelley said...

I make this with orange marmalade and horseradish and it's to die for. Never thought of using apple jelly but will next time. Apple and salmon are a great combination.

Elizabeth said...

Yum yum yum....I recently started sharing my salmon with my 2 1/2 year old too and to my dismay (and reluctant joy) he loved it too! Now we buy whole salmon to cut the costs and have lots of leftovers! This looks like a good way to get him to eat even more "brain" food!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

The salmon looks fantastic. I'm sure the horseradish adds a great bite to the dish, which is then calmed by the sweetness of the apples. MMmm, I can almost taste it :)

Larissa said...

That looks GREAT!

Eliana said...

I am always on the look out for good salmon recipes. This one looks like an absolute winner. I make salmon a couple times a week so I will surely give this one a try very soon.

Josie said...

I think that sounds wonderful - please report back if you try it!

I bet the glaze would be great on pork or chicken as well!

Joanne, maybe I should rename it "boy-catching salmon?"

Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles said...

Do you think this recipe would work by grilling on a cedar plank? If so would you recommend adding the glaze during or after cooking? Also, what are good substitutes for apple jelly?

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