Monday, March 7, 2011
Herb & Mustard Glazed Broiled Salmon
This was my first attempt to make salmon and I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it turned out! We both love salmon and have eaten at several places but until recently, I've never cooked it at home. This was a very good dish that we really enjoyed eating one day after church! It's derived from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe. (She's one of my favs:) I did change a couple of things, like lime juice instead of wine. So I changed the recipe below accordingly. I love all the flavors from the marinade that infuse the fish. Salmon is pretty hardy and flavorful fish by itself, so it can take more intense seasoning and flavors without it being overwhelmed like other more delicate fish. The fresh rosemary and honey dijon mustard make gave the salmon a perfect depth of savory flavor making it delicious! I cooked in a cast iron skillet so that I could sear in on the stove and then put it under the broiler and get a good sear on it. As you are probably following, my cast iron skillet it my cooking companion!
I raided our somewhat empty fridge and pantry and decided to serve the salmon on a simple bed of roasted broccoli and parmesan orzo! This salmon is a perfect dish for the spring when you're trying to lighten your menu up a bit from heavy stews and cassaroles. It would also be great with asparagus or a fresh tomato salad. Hope you try it out and let me know what you think...enjoy!
Herb Mustard Glazed Broiled Salmon
2 garlic cloves
3/4 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme (I used dried here)
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. honey dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
non stick olive oil spray
6 salmon fillets
salt and pepper
Chop the herbs very finely and the garlic. I used pre-minced garlic. Mix with some salt and pepper, lime juice, mustards and slowly drizzle in olive oil. Stir until well combined. You can also do this in a mini food processor. Once combined, set aside.
Preheat broiler. Spray non stick on a large cast iron pan and put on the stove on med high. Salt and pepper each salmon fillet well. Place salmon fillets(about 3 will fit) on the sizzling pan for about 2 minutes. Place the pan under the broiler for about 2 more minutes. Remove and spread the tops of salmon evenly with the herb mustard glaze and place back under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes or until cooked through and beautifully browned. Repeat with remaining fillets.
Carefully transfer to a plate and serve with lemon wedges.