So, why is that such a big deal? Because Connie LOVES smoked salmon. And, we never go out for sushi without getting some sake - which is salmon sushi. But, when it comes to cooked salmon. No thank you. He's polite. He eats the stuff if it's served to him. But, he would never order it in a restaurant. And, attempting to be a really nice person, I've only tried to serve it to him only one other time in the six years we've been together.
So, a quick funny story here. We were invited to Trish and Steve's for some kind of family birthday party. Trish and I've been the best of friends since about 1965 so we go WAY back :-) She served salmon poached in a white wine sauce. It was heavenly. Connie said later that it was ok. A couple of weeks later we went up to Lafayette to Donna and Phil's. Salmon yet again. THEN, a couple of weeks later we were invited to Doris and Jeffrey's. You guessed it. Salmon again... Connie was a trooper and ate it and asked that I not tell them that he really doesn't like the stuff. But, after three times in a row, I've kind of hinted to my friends that although I love salmon, it's not Connie's favorite dish.
Now, back in my single days, I'd buy a salmon from Sam's Club and grill it. Then, I'd freeze individual portions and put it on a caesar salad or a baked potato with some fresh spinach and hollandaise. Or, just eat it plain. Needless to say, I miss my salmon terribly. Connie knows that. So, one of his goals for the next year or so is to find ways he'll actually enjoy it. I've started looking for recipes that might work. Mother Rimmy posted one with a hoisin sauce glaze that I thought might work. Then, I found the recipe. In a Simple and Delicious magazine of all places. A gal had written in and said she put strawberry jam on top of salmon that'd been marinated. Hey, that sounded like it might work. I used orange marmalade instead but guess what Connie still liked it. So, now I can every once in a while have salmon at home. WHEEEEEE!!!!!! Ok, so we had this for dinner last night and I really wanted to come home tonight and fix it again. Just to have salmon at home.
Salmon with Marmalade Glaze
8 12 oz salmon steak
1/2 c soy sauce
2 t dijon mustard
1 T lemon juice
1/4 c orange marmalade
Mix the soy sauce, mustard and lemon juice in a ziploc bag. Add the salmon.
Marinate for about 30 min in the refrigerator. Put the salmon in a grill basket.
Throw away the marinade. Coat the top of the salmon with the marmalade. Cook the salmon on the grill over indirect heat until it flakes easily. We added an apple wood smoker can and loved it.
adapted from Simple and Delicious