Monday, April 19, 2010

Wednesday: Chili-glazed Salmon with Minty-Orange Snap peas and Rice Medley

Does anybody else LOVE Cooking Light? That's where this recipe came from, and it is delicious! When I first made it, I was relieved that it wasn't as spicy as I thought it would be. The orange marmalade and soy sauce balance the chili sauce out nicely. My kids couldn't get enough of these snap peas, plus they are so easy to make! I whipped up this meal in just 25 minutes...the cookbook advertised it as a 15 minute meal, but everything seems to always take me twice as long to make. Hmm, maybe the kids have something to do with that. :) Check out the Fresh Food Fast Cookbook at the bottom of the post. It is my favorite go-to cookbook for quick, healthy meals.

Salmon Recipe

  3 TB chili garlic sauce with garlic (I use Trader Joe's,see picture below)
3 TB green onions, chopped, only green parts (3 green onions)

1 1/2 TB orange marmalade

3/4 tsp lite soy sauce (I use Bragg, see picture below)
  4 6oz salmon fillets

1. Preheat broiler. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Place each fillet, skin side down on a piece of tin foil where the ends are rolled over to form a cup. The top of the fillets are not covered with the tinfoil. Place tin foil packets on a baking sheet. Brush the fillets with half of the sauce.
2. Broil for 5 minutes. Brush the rest of the sauce on the fillets. Broil 2-4 more minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Serve with the minty-orange snap peas and your favorite rice. I used Trader Joe's (TJ's) Basmati Rice Medley.
I took this picture for a different recipe, but here's the chili-garlic sauce and soy sauce I use:

Minty-Orange Snap Peas

1 tsp canola oil
1 8 oz package fresh sugar snap peas
1 TB fresh mint, chopped

1 tsp orange rind, grated

1/4 tsp salt

1. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat; add peas. Saute 2 minutes or until peas are crisp tender. Stir in rest of the ingredients.


Plan and Prep Ahead

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

~Make sauce and keep in fridge in air-tight container.
~Chop green onions, and keep in air-tight container. 
~Chop mint, grate orange rind, place in air-tight container.

That's it! 


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP?

~Try Apricot Jelly instead of Orange Marmalade.
~Instead of green onion, try chopped red onion or shallots.

~Replace snap peas with snow peas, or try it with just regular green peas.

~Grate up some lemon zest instead of orange zest.


Can't find the Chili Garlic Sauce?

Here's a good one to try from amazon.  Just click on the link. 

 Chili Garlic Sauce Huy Fong 16 Oz

Chili Garlic Sauce Huy Fong 16 Oz


DWashetko said...

I made this meal today, and it is COMPANY GOOD. The chili-garlic glaze really adds to the flavor of salmon. I raced out to my garden for the fresh mint and made the quick peas as well. I didn't have the rice medley from Trader Joe's (don't have one here in Germany yet) so I devised a concoction of my own, also good...brown rice with portobelo mushrooms, oregano, bacon diced, onion, bell pepper. Precook rice, saute the others and add rice, season with sea salt.

The Rhodes Family said...

That brown rice combination that you made sounds really good! I will have to give that a try. Thanks for the tip.


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