Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Roasted Salmon with Soy Marmalade Glaze and Soba Noodle Salad

I am a fish lover.  Tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Tuna, Salmon...I love them all.  I love them just about any way you can prepare them.  From a simple piece of grilled fish to crab stuffed fish with a yummy sauce on top.  Mmm...put it in my mouth, yum!  I think alot of people are intimated by the thought of cooking fish at home.  Really, I think fish is one of the easist things you can cook at home.  Honestly, you can even put it in a dish with some butter, lemon slices, salt and pepper, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and microwave it for 10 minutes.  I'm serious!  You can microwave fish and it's still good.  Don't be intimidated people.  Just try it!  This particular recipe uses salmon and is Asian inspired.  Salmon is SO good for you!  It is loaded with protein and muscle-building amino acids and it's high in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D.  So you can feel good about eating this!  You start out by baking this fish and then broiling it. Watch it closely once the broiler is on so they don't burn!!! Don't go outside to take a picture of your kids only to return to a smoking kitchen and black salmon...which is almost what happened to me!  I served it with Edemame (you can buy it in the freezer section and steam it in it's own bag or just slightly boil it and then sprinkle on salt) and Soba Noodle Salad (recipe follows).  So, who needs that overpriced Asian restaurant with the long wait when you can cook Asian in your home?  I would end this post with some cool Japanese word, but I don't know any...

What You'll Need for the Salmon:
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 1/2 tsp. lower sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets with skin on
cooking spray
2 Tbs. thinly sliced green onions (I omitted b/c we don't care for them)
4 lemon wedges

What You'll Do:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Combine marmalade, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.
Arrange salmon fillets, skin side down, on a foil lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
Brush fillets evenly with half of the marmalade mixture.
Bake at 450 for 4 minutes.
Heat broiler to high (do not remove fish from oven); broil fish 6 minutes.  (Watch closely so they don't burn under broiler!!!  Don't go outsid
Spoon additional marmalade mixture onto fish and broil an additional 3 minutes or until desired doneness. 
Sprinkle with green onions and serve with lemon wedges. 

What You'll Need for the Soba Noodle Salad:
4 ounces Soba Noodles (you can find these on the Asian aisle)
1 1/2 Tbsp. lower sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp. dark sesame oil
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 cup julienne-cut red bell pepper (julienne is just a fancy word for cut into long, thin matchstick strips)
1/2 cup julienne-cut snow peas
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (again I omitted this)

What You'll Do:
Cook Soba Noodles according to package, omitting salt and fat.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Drain well.
Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, lemon juice and crushed red pepper in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
Add noodles, red bell pepper, snow peas and green onions and toss well. 

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