Thursday, October 11, 2012

Salmon with Strawberry Relish

Every home cook has a few recipes that they turn to all the time. Recipes that are quick, don't take a lot of effort to make, taste delicious and are hard to get tired of. 

Some of these are ones that can be made in a big batch and are frozen until the need arises -- meatballs in a red sauce; bolognese; chili; pulled pork; chicken noodle soup.

Others are ones that are beautiful in their simplicity -- a perfect steak with a baked potato and asparagus, all done on the grill; a BLT (or BLAT) made with the freshest of ingredients; fish packets with whatever fresh veggies are laying around.

Unfortunately, my apartment doesn't allow for many of the former...which I hope to change by purchasing one of these bad boys (and my apartment will be even more cluttered...yay!) Then I can prep lots of food and stop spending so much money on sushi. Which will be good for my hips, but mainly for my wallet. Big emphasis on my wallet.

This recipe is one of the latter--a fresh piece of salmon, topped with a fresh fruit relish. Once you put the salmon in the marinade, change out of your work clothes and pour a glass of wine. By the time you're done that, its time to cook. The salmon takes about 10 minutes to cook, a veggie can be roasted right along side it, and the relish takes mere moments to put together. It is a fresh, delicious dinner that takes less time to make than it does to get home.

4-6 oz. of salmon for each person
Soy sauce
Orange juice
Fresh strawberries
Fresh parsley
Balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 450F.

Marinate your salmon--place the fillets in a plastic bag. Add soy sauce and a splash of orange juice so that the fillets are covered. Place in fridge and marinate for about 20 minutes.

Place the salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. If you are roasting your vegetables, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on the same sheet (easy clean up!)

While your salmon is cooking, dice your strawberries and slice the fresh oregano. Place in a bowl and toss with salt and pepper.

Remove your cooked salmon after about 10 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. Place on a plate. Pour about 2 tsp of balsamic in the bowl with the strawberry relish and toss. Pour the relish over the salmon and enjoy!

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