Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Easiest Salmon Marinade

 I don't know about you guys, but I feel like I'm always a little behind in eating fish.  Everyone says you're supposed to eat it a few times a week, and we usually only have it once a week or so.  I also struggle to figure out how to cook it correctly, because even though I love seafood (and order it constantly at restaurants), when I make it at home, it only turns out mediocre. 

That was before I discovered this marinade though.  Not only is it easy, but it is also delicious.  We used to marinate our salmon in the "Soyaki" sauce from Trader Joe's, but that mostly gave it a salty flavor above anything else.  Not exactly a thrill.  This marinade, however, leaves the salmon with a rich soy flavor with a little sweetness.  Yum.

This is all you need - olive oil, garlic, soy sauce (low sodium por favor), and sugar.  And also some salmon, if you have any wits about you.

First add about an 1/8 of a cup of olive oil to a bowl.  Then add about 1 1/2 tablespooons of low sodium soy sauce.  Sit back and watch the two liquids fight for ownership of the bowl.  Yes, this is how I get my kicks.

Now toss in about a tablespoon of sugar.  Don't you just love the mix of sugar and salt?  It really balances out the flavor.

Either dice up or use a garlic press on about 4 cloves of garlic.  As I always mention, we are big on garlic in our house, so feel free to use less if you aren't quite as enthusiastic about the flavor. 

Mix the marinade together with a fork or whisk - make sure you mix it completely and create an emulsion since the soy sauce and olive oil aren't exactly friends.

Place your salmon meat-side-down in the marinade for 30 minutes to an hour.  Don't marinate for more than an hour though or else I hear the soy sauce can start to cook the salmon somehow.  Magic!

Cook your salmon the way you prefer once it's done marinating.  We usually grill it, but you could roast it too if you're so inclined. 

Next time you pick up some salmon, try this easy and delicious marinade to pick up the flavor a notch.  It takes almost no time and tastes infinitely better than anything out of the bottle.  As with most things I've tried, once you do it homemade, you can't go back to the pre-packaged stuff. 

Easy Salmon Marinade
1/8 c. olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
4 garlic cloves, pressed

Mix all ingredients in a shallow bowl thoroughly to create an emulsion.  Place the salmon meat-side-down in the marinade and let sit for 30 minutes to one hour.  Cook either on the grill (without flipping) or in the oven and enjoy easy and flavorful salmon dish.

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