Molasses and soy glazed salmon – an easy way to eat more fish

molasses and soy glazed salmon is quick and easy to prepare
 

Are you all for celebrating Valentine’s Day or do you prefer to let February 14th slide by in its Hallmark hype?

I’m not much for bows and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates (I prefer tulips) but I do love to prepare a special supper.

Whatever your opinions about celebrating Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with an impressive meal that’s quick and easy to prepare.

That’s what’s so great about this molasses and soy glazed salmon recipe. Few main dishes cook faster than fish and with a marinade that takes less than two minutes to prepare the overall prep time of this dish is next to nothing.

molasses and soy glazed salmon is easy to prepare

Not that speed needs to define a Friday night meal (Valentine’s Day or not).

You’ll love the sweet and salty flavour that this molasses marinade adds to the salmon, especially if you find salmon a little strong. It caramelizes on top and adds a savoury edge that balances out the richness of the fish.

This molasses marinade is delicious with fillets or steaks.

Serve it with your choice of green vegetables and rice or this potato cabbage hash.

Easy Molasses and Soy Glazed Salmon

Serves 4

  • ¼ cup soy sauce or GF tamari  (low sodium, if you have it)
  • ¼ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine or sherry
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes or a few grinds of black pepper
  • Enough salmon for 4 people (fillets or steaks).
  • Chives or parsley to garnish
  1.  Combine first four ingredients. Place salmon in a dish and pour over half of the marinade. Let rest 30 minutes, flipping once.
  2. Remove salmon from dish, discard marinade and place in a parchment lined baking pan. Brush with remaining marinade and bake in a 450 F oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, brush again with marinade and return to oven until done to your liking.
  3. Brush with marinade before serving.

Try our other salmon dishes:

Five-spice glazed salmon

Bourbon molasses salmon

 

Five spice glazed salmon 2 Bourbon molasses salmon - 3

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Five-spice glazed salmon recipe is dinner-party delicious, exotic and easy

Five spice glazed salmon is dinner-party-delicious, exotic and easy
I love dinner parties, but they seem to be rare events these days which is a shame – they’re a great way to gather with friends and family.

For me they have always nourished the soul as much as the body and are still the best way I know to guarantee a four hour chat with great friends.

I don’t really know why they’re slowly disappearing. May be it’s a cost thing, or the fact that people are cooking less so find the idea of cooking for others stressful and intimidating.

Five spice glazed salmon is dinner-party-delicious, exotic and easy

If you’re in that boat (stressed and intimidated) there’s a new book that shows how hosting a dinner party can be a breeze…

It’s called “How to Host a Dinner Party” by author Corey Mintz. To be honest I thought it was going to be a dull and fussy how-to manual that would make hosting a dinner party seem a lot like assembling a gas barbeque.

How to host a dinner party by Corey Mintz

It turned out to be funny and practical. The author reminds readers that to host a dinner party you don’t have to be a great cook you just need to be “a great friend and a better planner.”

Which brings me to this for five-spice glazed salmon recipe. It’s Dinner party delicious, exotic and easy.

Five spice glazed salmon is dinner-party-delicious, exotic and easy

 

Five-spice glazed salmon recipe

Slightly adapted from Fine Cooking

  • ¼ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 4 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ lbs. salmon fillets
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • Parsley or cilantro for serving
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the molasses, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and garlic.
  2. Put the salmon skin side down on a large plate and pour the molasses mixture over it.
  3. Flip the fillets so they are skin side up. Let the fish marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (or foil coated with cooking spray.)
  5. Arrange the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Brush the salmon with any remaining marinade from the plate.
  6. Broil the salmon for 5-8 minutes until cooked (time will depend on the thickness of your fillet and how well you like your salmon cooked).
  7. Garnish with orange zest and parsley. Serve hot.

If you love quick-cooking and delicious fish recipes try Molasses bourbon glazed salmon or orange-thyme glazed trout

Bourbon molasses salmon - 3Molasses glazed trout with orange and thyme is fast and family friendly

Bourbon molasses salmon – simple with a little panache

Much of what I love about summer has to do with simplicity. No school lunches to pack, no socks, fewer washes and less clutter by the back door. My kids would be happy to live in their swim suits (even though they don’t go swimming every day) and “bedtime” is a very fluid term.

I still like to eat well though I just don’t want to spend too much time inside.

That’s where a marinade comes in handy. It takes about five minutes to pull together and then you can let it sit while you do something else. If you only have 30 minutes to let it marinate that’s okay too. Fish cooks quickly (whether prepared on the BBQ or in the oven) and pairs well with raw veggies and cold grain salads. (Try it with marinated tomatoes!)

I still don’t have the hang of grilling, especially fish. (Those lovely grill marks on the salmon in the photo are courtesy of my friend Nancy and her big green egg.) But I keep trying and have discovered that even BBQ messes are tasty.

Any BBQ tips? I could use a little help…

Bourbon molasses salmon

  • 1 lb fillet of salmon, skin on
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Combine salmon and marinade ingredients in a dish or Ziploc bag and let marinate for 2-3 hours (refrigerated).

Cook on a 450 F barbeque, starting on the skin side. (Four to five minutes on each side should give you a moist salmon) This can also be cooked in a 450 F oven, if you’re BBQ-challenged like I am.

 

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