Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sometimes ugly food tastes really, really good.
This piece of salmon may look as if I fished it out of a mud pit, but it is actually covered in a tasty balsamic glaze. The hubby lured me out of the kitchen just long enough to watch a fantastic video by the band OK Go, unfortunately it was a little too long! In my absence the glaze simmered to a gloopy caramel consistency rather than it's usual perfect syrupy state but tasted delicious none the less!

This recipe was taken from and is so fabulous that I have yet to (intentionally)change a thing about it.

Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
2 (6oz) center-cut salmon fillets
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Stir together first four ingredients.
Pat salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Increase heat to high and sear salmon skin side up, until well browned, about 4 minutes. Turn fish over and sear until just cooked through, 3-4 minutes more.
Tranfer salmon to plates and carefully add vinegar mixture to skillet. Simmer, stirring, until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes.
Spoon glaze over salmon.


Anonymous said...

oh my goodness. Dan and I love OkGo - ever since one of their diddys was played on NPR. Yeah for geek rock.

I suggest toasted sesame seeds as a delish garnish for this dish.

eviedee said...

Thanks for the suggestion anonymous!

yasodic said...

I suggest dumplings and garlic green beans as a garnish since I don't particularly care for fish :p

eviedee said...

Dumplings and green beans?! That sounds fabulous! Screw this whole "cooking" thing, lets go to the dumpling house!

Anonymous said...

My tastebuds will not bear another day of ugly salmon - enlighten us once again with your gastronomic ways, Eviedee!

gramps said...

I personally don't care for balsamic vinigar, unless to wash the kitchen floor.

eviedee said...

I'll have to try vinegar as a floor cleanser. I'll have to use plain white vinegar rather than my precious balsamic! :)Thanks for the idea Gramps!