I’m kinda sick of chicken. Don’t get me wrong, my frozen bags of chicken breasts have been instrumental in shifting from an eat-out-all-the-time to a cook-my-own-food occasionally habit. But really, a girl needs more than just chicken, right? With the onset of lovely weather and a burst of confidence, I was feeling bold. And with the guidance of my good friend Michelle at (Seasonal Custom Cuisine) and the help from my friends at Pier 46 Seafood, I succeeded in my first attempt at grilled salmon with a maple glaze. She talked me through the seasoning and grill time. (Yes, I have a grill. Yes, I even own one of those baskets for moments like these – although this was the first time I used it.)
The result? It was amazing! And if I didn’t know better, I would have thought that someone else had prepared this lovely grilled salmon dish.
I made a rub with 1/2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp chili powder, and salt and rubbed the salmon with it. I gently placed the fish in the basket and put it on the grill for about 10 minutes (I think). In the last minute of cooking, I drizzled it lightly with some maple syrup. I initially took the fish off too soon (I was warned by EVERYONE not to overcook it), and once I cut into it I saw the center had this gooey look. So I put it back on for a few minutes. Even I knew that meant it was not cooked yet ;)
What I love about this?
- It’s soooooo pretty!
- It’s soooooo tasty!
- Perfect combination of sweet & spicy!
- It took only 10 minutes to make!
- Salmon is good for me!
- No pans!
- It’s NOT chicken!
And yes, I know the proportions are all wrong… But my properly proportioned plated dish kinda showed the undercooked fish, and I really didn’t want to show that. Ha!
Lesson? Cooking does NOT have to be hard and even I can make tasty, healthy dishes! <Yes, from Panic to Pride, my Slow Shift in the Kitchen continues!>