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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Connie Ate Cooked Salmon!!!

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


Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

We love salmon in our home and your marmalade glaze sounds delicious with it! Great idea :o)

Unknown said...

looks fantastic..I never cooked salmon, I always use smoked salmon for easy use!!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

Your salmon sounds great! I avoided all fish for a long time because as a child I convinced myself I don't like it. After a few occasions where I had no choice but to eat it I realized I actually do enjoy it. It's a regular part of my diet now. Maybe there is hope for more than occasional salmon in your life!

Lauren said...

that's so creative! I've never grilled salmon, but I didn't have one of those baskets either. cool. I was like Connie. Hated salmon. just since i've started this blog, have I started to like salmon. Actually really like it. can't tell you why, but something clicked. My hubs has been trying to get me to eat it for years. I guess if you hang in there, we come around:)

I loved your idea about getting readers outside of the foodie world. I completely agree! that's what I was saying to my hubs the other day. They are looking for something fresh and we are just what they need!

Chefs Resources said...

I especially like the idea of the apple smoke added to your marmalade salmon. My favorite salmon is sockeye, I'll have to try this. I frequently put some type of fruit with fish because it helps freshen the palette, especially with a fatty fish like salmon. Nice post.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your success! I have to admit that I'm not a salmon fan at all. When my hubby wants something I don't like (like liver), I just make something I do like and he doesn't at the same time so we can both eat our favorites and not feel bad. :)

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

That sounds delicious! My hubby and I are big salmon fillet lovers (baked or bbq'd). One of our fav salmon recipes is called Grilled Citrus Salmon (recipe on my blog) - it is delish! My goal is to try to like smoked salmon -- definitely not a fan yet. Not sure if it's the texture or the fishiness of it. I keep trying it though!