This Sunday is Valentine’s Day! Instead of the typical fiasco of trying to make a reservation at an overpriced and crowded restaurant, why not try your hand at cooking a homemade meal! I consider myself a cooking novice, so trust me when I say YOU CAN DO THIS! I have never cooked fish before but I love to order it when I am out. So last week while I was browsing the app Yummly, I found a recipe for Balsamic Glazed Salmon (see below). I thought to myself “what the heck let’s try it out” and so my cooking adventure began. I found all my ingredients at the wonderful Wegman’s, I purchased a family pack of salmon and was able to cut the very large slab of fish into 4 fillets and froze 2 of them for a later date. I also picked up some asparagus for my side dish and items for a salad. One Tip I would recommend is cover your cookie sheet with tin foil…..it makes clean up a breeze. I also cooked my fish for a little longer then the recipe calls for about 25 -30 minutes in total.
For the asparagus- Rinse & cut off about an inch from the end and toss into a pot with a steamer basket inside. Steam for about 6-8 minutes, stick a fork into one of the stalks, if its tender then it is done. Remove from heat and place on a serving dish, sprinkle with a touch of salt if desired.
The dish was a big hit and I will definitely be making it again! Stop in the office and let me know if you try it out. Happy cooking and Happy Valentine’s day.
Recipe courtesy of Wellplated.com
- 10 ozs salmon fillets
- 2 tsps olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 tbsps balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsps honey
- 2 tsps dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- fresh parsley (Chopped, for garnish)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then coat with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes, watching carefully so that it does not burn. Add the balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk and simmer until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
- Place salmon skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Brush liberally with the glaze. Bake for 5 minutes, brush again with the glaze, then bake 5 to 10 additional minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork and is cooked through. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.