Citrusy Salmon with a Kick
July 29, 2016
I've included 2 ways for you to cook this tasty salmon dish. One way is quick & easy, while the cedar plank version takes longer, but is well worth the effort!
For serving: 2 lemon wedges, 2 orange wedges & 2 servings of my Creamy Dill Sauce (see recipe in Sauces & Gravies category)
1 In a glass baking dish; mix orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest & orange zest. Place salmon, skin side up, in mixture & marinate for 30 min to 1 hour at room temperature. Don't go longer than 1 hour as the acid in the juices will start to cook the salmon.
2 Preheat oven to 425°.
3 Melt butter & set aside.
4 In a small bowl; mix brown sugar, chili powder, salt & pepper creating a dry rub.
5 Line a small baking sheet with tin foil & grease with a little EVOO. Place marinated salmon, skin side down, on baking sheet.
6 Rub half the sugar/spice mixture all over the top & sides of each piece of salmon. Then spoon half the melted butter over each piece.
7 Bake, on middle oven rack, 10 to 12 minutes depending on thickness (for the Cedar Plank version see Tip# 2).
8 Serve each plate with a lemon wedge, an orange wedge (for squeezing over salmon) & Creamy Dill Sauce.
Tips & Suggestions
1 Salmon is especially tasty if you cook it on a cedar plank. There are many types of cedar planks on the market & can be purchased in most cooking specialty stores. Mine is awesome because it's reusable! As of this writing in 2019, mine is 15 years old. It's made by a company called Chinook Cedar Planks (#ad) & can be purchased online from Amazon.com. Be sure to follow the directions for seasoning & maintaining it and it will last for many, many years.
2 When baking salmon on a cedar plank; follow all the directions that came with your plank, as to preparing it each time you use it. Reduce oven temp to 350° & baking time to 30 - 45 minutes, depending on the size & thickness of the salmon. Once you taste & smell the intoxicating aroma of the cedar planked salmon, you may never go back to cooking it any other way!
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