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Sweet & Sour Glazed Baked Salmon

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 341
Protein 36g
Fat 14g
Carbs 14g
Total Time 1 hr 25 min

Get ready for a flavor adventure! If you’ve never had tamarind before, you’ll thank me later for introducing you to it.  Tamarind is pretty much nature’s “sweet & sour candy.”  It’s part of the legume family but with a much more interesting flavor profile. At first “bite” it is very sour, like a piece of candy, but as the seeds dissolve in your mouth, they sweeten, thus – “sweet and sour candy.”

As a marinade, it can be dressed to appeal to either its sweet or sour notes, but in my opinion, I always enjoy it when it is tad sweeter.  You can use this marinade recipe on salmon, tofu or tempeh, poultry and even roasted vegetables.

I recommend pairing this dish with my tangy citrus quinoa salad recipe!

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Sweet & Sour Glazed Baked Salmon

Ingredients

Ingredients for 5 servings (filets):

  • 2lb raw, wild salmon filets
  • Marinade
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
    • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste
    • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
    • pinch of pepper
  • Garnish
    • red pepper flakes
    • coarse sea salt if desired
Steps
  1. Add first olive oil, garlic and red onion to a nonstick skillet set on medium heat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion has turned brown and somewhat translucent. Be careful not to burn the garlic or the onion.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet.  Stir and bring the sauce to a light simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes, then reduce the heat. Allow it to cook in the skillet for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, then pour the marinade into a bowl to cool and thicken.
  3. Once the marinade has cooled, add the filets and half of the marinade to a bowl or sealable plastic bag.  Coat the salmon filets in the marinade and marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge.
  4. Set the oven to 420F (216C).
  5. Add the marinated filets to a baking sheet or baking rack.
  6. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the filets from the oven and brush/coat with the remaining glaze.  Enjoy immediately, or allow the filets to cool before storing them in the fridge or freezer for your meal prep. This pairs beautifully with my tangy citrus quinoa salad recipe.

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Calories
341
Protein
36g
Fat
14g
Carbs
14g
Sodium
-
Fiber
1g
Sugar
8g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.