Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Teriyaki Salmon

I know that every parent thinks their own child is "the best," and I suppose I'm no different.  Every night after we put our kids to bed, Joey and I talk about how funny, cute, smart, and sweet they are.  The night we ate this salmon was especially noteworthy.  I made this teriyaki salmon for dinner, and as we were eating, Joey asked Caroline if she knew where salmon lived.  Her response?  "In my mouth."  She's a sharp one, that Caroline.  So that night after she was in bed, we laughed about her comment, and then talked about how thankful we are that she's such a good eater and loves salmon as much as us.

And then there's Smith.  That night was the first time we gave him any solid food.  He had his first taste of rice cereal, and I think it's safe to say he's going to be a foodie like his sister.  Any time the spoon was not in his mouth, he was reaching for the bowl and growling.  If he thinks cereal is good, I can't wait to start introducing him to things like peaches, pears, and blueberries.  He's in for a real treat!

And I'm pretty certain he will one day eat this salmon with just as much enthusiasm.  This really is an ideal family meal.  It requires minimal prep time and ingredients, is easy, healthy, and is pretty much universally enjoyed.  Who doesn't like teriyaki sauce? 

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Teriyaki Salmon
adapted from My Father's Daughter, by Gwenyth Paltrow (via Milk & Mode)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated ginger
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh chives, for serving

Combine the soy sauce, white wine, sugar, honey, water, ginger, lemon juice, and cilantro in a small saucepan over high heat. Once it boils, turn the heat to low and simmer about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the sauce to cool until it's just warm to the touch. Pour into a plastic freezer bag and add the salmon. Turn the bag a few times to coat the salmon, and marinate in the fridge for at least an hour (can also be marinated overnight)

To cook the salmon, preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray lightly with cooking spray, and arrange the salmon in a single layer with whatever sauce adheres to it. Broil 6-8 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork and is just cooked through. While it's cooking, strain the extra sauce into a clean saucepan, bring to a boil, and let it reduce until it's thick and syrupy.

To serve, drizzle the cooked salmon with some of the extra sauce and a sprinkle of chives.


branny said...

We don't have kids but we do the same thing with our pets. As we're drifting off to bed we go through each one of our pets and gush about their awesomeness.

Caroline is hilarious, as always. I don't know how you keep a straight face with her around.

Nicole, RD said...

In my mouth...I love that! I just want salmon in my mouth all the time because I love it THAT much. If it weren't so darn expensive, I would eat it every day! Can't wait to try this :)

P.S. I thought of you when I made the foil baked salmon I posted today. You are to thank for my foil packet obsession!

Erin said...

Kids say the darndest things! How cute :) And this salmon recipe looks fantastic! I've been trying lots of fish dishes lately and I'm putting this on my list.

Joanne said...

I really hope my future kids are good eaters...REALLY. I also really need to try this teriyaki sauce! I've been on the lookout for a good homemade version.

Made in Sonoma said...

Looks delicious and love the part about where does salmon live. My boyfriend and I talk about how amazing our dog is, I can only imagine one day when we have kids -- yikes!

Ashley said...

Hi Josie, can you share your recipe for the side item featured in the picture? I'm always on the hunt for new and yummy side dishes! thanks!

Josie said...

Hi Ashley! Yes, I'll be sharing it next week - it's kale and shiitake fried rice. If you want it sooner, let me know and I can send it to you. :)

Unknown said...

oooh, i loveeeeeee salmon.. this looks so good.. and i love it with brown rice, asparagus and mashed potatoes! gorgeous pics.

ErinsFoodFiles said...

I LOVE that salmon! (I am also ridiculously behind on my Google Reader, hence me just now commenting!)

Teresa said...

This was fabulous. Perfect and easy weeknight dinner.

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