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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Honey Dijon Salmon Fillets

Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids making it a good food to include in any healthy diet.  Salmon is available year round as fresh, frozen or canned sourced from wild or farmed.  However, wild salmon is superior to farmed salmon.  It is very important to read the label as some farmed salmon is dyed to the characteristic pinkish colour and may be high in dioxins and PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl).  Even though wild salmon may be slightly lower in Omega-3 fatty acids, the frugal choice between wild or farmed salmon is wild. 

honey dijon salmon fillets with zucchine melody

Salmon has a stronger flavour that pairs nicely with maple syrup or honey as well as stronger herbs like dill or rosemary but it also pairs nicely with citrus and creamy type sauces.  It can be smoked for a delectable treat, used in dips or as the meat portion of a meal and as a filling for sandwiches.   We typically enjoy salmon three or more times per month.  We love salmon baked or grilled usually without a lot of added flavours but raw, unpasteurized honey (the only kind I use) really adds a sparkle to salmon. 

I made honey dijon salmon fillets served with zucchini melody for dinner.  This wonderfully delectable meal was quick and easy to prepare while being healthy.  Honestly, for those gardeners complaining about having too much zucchini, please ship them to me!  I can't wait to be harvesting zucchini from our new garden beds.  Just a tip for those growing zucchini, harvest when about 8 - inches long and deliciously tender. 

Honey Dijon Salmon Fillets
recipe by: Garden Gnome

½ c unpasteurized honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sliced almonds
2 salmon fillets

Mix the honey, mustard and pepper together.  Place salmon fillets in oven proof baking dish.  Dab butter equally over the fillets.  Pour the honey mixture over the fillets.  Bake at 350ºF until salmon is cooked through (opaque).  Remove from oven.  Plate then garnish with sliced almonds.

Servings: 2

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