We were getting our hair cut at Jon’s this past spring, and I was thumbing through one of his magazines – the April Bon Appétit – which had this INCREDIBLE looking salmon dish on the cover. Since it WAS April, and we were going shopping after our haircuts anyway, I figured I could pick up the magazine at Walgreen’s or Target or Jewel.
FORTUNATELY, I had captured the cover as well as the recipe on my iPhone. I had thought to transcribe the recipe, when I did a quick search on Epicurious.com. Voilà! Their picture of the finished dish is MUCH nicer than mine, but I console myself by the fact that their’s was a magazine cover and so way over my budget 😉 Their recipe was also a bit more involved than what I’ve done – but I think my adaptation for a simple supper for two, with chili and balsamic glazed baby brussels sprouts and yellow rice worked quite well.
This is a really nice and simple preparation – and I love that it uses sweet chili sauce – one of my favorite condiments – along with fresh ginger and soy sauce. The market had fresh farm-raised salmon on sale, and everything else needed was stuff I always have in stock. Or so I thought.
CURSE YOU, FRESH GINGER!
How could I have run out? Oh well, not one to fret uselessly, I consulted my maven of mavens – da Google – for a substitute for the fresh ginger. It turns out that 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger and a pinch of cayenne will do (in a ‘pinch’ – heh heh) for 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger. It does. Recipe on.
•2 salmon filets
•1/4 cup sweet Asian chili sauce – (look in the Asian foods section of your market, or at Cost Plus or Trader Joe’s)
•1-1/2 tbsp soy sauce
•1 tbsp fresh grated ginger (OR – 1 tsp powdered ginger and a pinch of cayenne)
Whisk the chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger together and pour over the salmon. Let rest for 30 minutes. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
Preheat the broiler (OK, confession. I don’t like my bottom-of-the-stove gas broiler, so I don’t use it. I use a really hot oven instead, and so preheated to 450º).
Place the salmon in the foil-lined pan, spoon any remaining marinade over and broil (or bake) until browned in spots and done to your liking – six to ten minutes.
Dinner done. Next?