Monday, April 27, 2009
Good Eats Citrus Glazed Salmon
I made the broiled salmon with citrus glaze recipe from the Good Eats: Gills Gone Wild episode this past weekend. I have to say Alton Brown scored with this one! As usual, I altered the recipe to fit my needs. I bought a 4.5 pound salmon fillet for the task since I was having friends over for dinner. I started by grating the lemon zest right onto the fish . Then, instead of measuring out the brown sugar, the recipe only calls for 1/3 cup, I just poured out what was needed to cover the whole fillet evenly. I covered the top with some thinly sliced lemons. As directed, I let it sit for 45 minutes.
I like my salmon fully cooked (not sure why chefs are so obsessed with having everything half raw), plus the fillet was pretty think, so I started it out in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or so until it was nearly cooked through. Then, I cranked up the broiler and let it sit under there until the glaze started to bubble; somewhere in the range of 2 minutes. The short stint under the broiler produced a nice crust while leaving the fish tender inside.
So how did it taste? Wonderful! It's definitely sweet, so I probably wouldn't make it like this every time, but I do eat salmon regularly and this is a good way to mix things up. I'll have to try this on the grill and see how the glaze comes out.
The recipe was easy to make and can be easily adjusted to meet your needs. I ended up using light brown sugar instead of dark because I already had some on hand, though I will try the dark next time. I also went with farm raised Scottish salmon; $8.99 per pound trumped the ocean going Alaskan variety by about $12/lb and that adds up quickly when buying a 4.5 pound side! Also, I've tried a few varieties and personally can't tell much difference in the range as I would with, say, steak. One more tip I would add is soaking up the dissolved sugar before putting it in the oven. The excess got a bit burned and would likely cause some smoke if you went with the broiler only method!
Good Eats -- Gills Gone Wild is available on iTunes