We never go out for Valentine’s Day because we hate dealing with the crowds and I loathe overpaying for something I know I can make at home. I had to go to the grocery store with my husband and our son on Valentine’s Day because we had all been sick and it just didn’t happen during the week. At the store my husband asked what we were having for dinner. I had a few options but just really didn’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen. I wanted to hang out with the family. So when I saw a sale on wild caught salmon and I knew I had a coupon for $5 off $15 worth of seafood I was happy. So for a whopping $15 ($10 for the fish plus edamame) I had a fancy meal for 4 that would have cost us at least $50 plus tax and tip at a restaurant.
This is seriously the easiest way to make fish and took less than 30 minutes. The salmon was so flavorful and it took all of 5 minutes to put together and the sauce is divine. My hubby was spooning it over his rice because he loved it so much.
My favorite part was sticking it in the oven and walking away and getting to spend time with my family playing games on Valentine’s Day instead of spending the whole time in my kitchen. I paired this with rice made in my rice cooker and some edamame and oranges. Simple light and refreshing which is exactly what I wanted.
- ¼ brown sugar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Juice of 1 lime, about ¼ cup
- 2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 lbs salmon
- Green onions, for garnish
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a large piece of foil.
- In a bowl whisk together brown sugar, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and black pepper.
- Place salmon on cookie sheet lined with foil. Pour sauce mixture over salmon and fold up the sides of the foil. Cover completely and seal the packet by folding the foil.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness of salmon. If the salmon is very thick it may need more time. Check to see if it is done by trying to flake the thickest part with a fork.
- Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and extra sauce if desired. Serve immediately.