Posts Tagged ‘salmon’

I’ve been making this salmon dish for years.   It’s quick, fresh and delicious.  Serve with rice, (spoon the juices from the baking pan on top), and a vegetable and dinner is ready in 30 minutes.

Orange Brown Sugar Salmon

  • 1 24-oz (approx.) salmon, steelhead, or arctic char filet with or without skin
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Pre-heat oven to 375°.  Place fish in a baking dish coated with cooking spray skin side down.  Brush fish with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Pour orange juice over fish and sprinkle all over with brown sugar.  Bake about 25 minutes, or until just done.

If your fish has skin, it will come right off when you cut and serve.

Makes about 6 servings.


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It’s the first week of June and my sage is out of control!  I needed to use some and I saw a chef on Martha Stewart stick whole leaves to salmon and pan fry it.  It was very pretty, but he used an insane amount of butter and oil.  So to lighten it up a little, I used 2 tablespoons of butter for a 2½ pound side of salmon, stuck my sage on and baked it in the oven.  The result was flavorful tender salmon, without a crazy amount of added fat.  Salmon is fatty to start with, (probably why it’s so good, and somewhat forgiving) so I think just a little butter is good.  The sage leaves I used were enormous and by the way rather tasty.  My 3-year-old ate the sage off first then demanded the rest of us hand ours over.

Sage Brown Butter Salmon

  • 2 ½ pound salmon filet
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 8 – 10 whole fresh sage leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Place salmon on a large baking dish coated with cooking spray skin side down.  (My piece was too long for the 9”x13” pan so I cut the skinny end off and squeezed it in next to the larger piece.)  Season with sea salt and pepper. 

In a small pan melt butter over medium heat.  Heat until foam disappears then add the chopped sage.  Heat until butter browns.  Watch it carefully because this happens very quickly.  Remove from heat and carefully add the lemon juice to the butter in pan.  Pour or brush the butter mixture evenly over the salmon.  Place the sage leaves however you like on top of the salmon and press them down firmly.  Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes.

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