Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I cooked fish!

Yeah! I cooked fish!

Big deal, right?

Well, fish/seafood is one of my favorite things to eat, but I never can seem to get it right. I adore salmon, but it seems like whenever I make it, it's kind of, well, fishy. And gross.

I am a big fan of Penzeys Spices Visit their Web site here and their most recent catalog had a recipe for maple glazed salmon.

I had a bag of frozen salmon fillets in the freezer, so I thought I would go ahead and give it a shot. I fully expected it to be gross like all the other times I've tried to cook salmon, but I'll be darned! It was good!

Not only was it tasty, and even looked good, but my SUPER PICKY FOUR YEAR OLD even liked it. No, strike that, he LOVED it. He kept making comments like "I love this salmon! It's great!" and "This salmon is the best food EVER!"

Even the baby was shoveling it in! (He's only 8 1/2 months old, but won't eat baby food at all anymore, but he chews... actually, gums... food really well, so I give him little pieces of whatever we're eating.)

So, anyway, I'm excited. I cooked fish! And it wasn't gross! And my WHOLE family liked it!

Here's the recipe if you have any interest in trying it:

Mom & Dad's Maple-Glazed Salmon

4 6-ounce salmon fillets

1 tsp. Hungarian paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground ancho pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
(NOTE: I did not have all the above spices. I used Penzeys Northwoods Seasoning and Smoky 4S Seasoned Salt instead)

1/2 tsp. brown sugar (I didn't measure this. I just rubbed some on the fish)

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. maple syrup (REAL maple syrup, please. Anything else is an atrocity. And again, I didn't measure. I just drizzled.)

Combine the spices and sugar. Sprinkle the fish with the salt then rub the sugar/spice mixture on it. Place the salmon on a broiler rack coated with cooking spray (I just put it on a cookie sheet lined with foil). Broil for about 12 minutes. Drizzle with syrup for the last couple minutes of cooking.

I served it with some baked butternut squash and some brown rice. SO YUMMY!