Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe
Sweet and smoky Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe with crispy flash fried ginger. A quick dinner idea to serve with rice and steamed veggies.
My cooking style and culinary outlook have changed drastically over the years. Looking back, I remember coming home from work and spending hours in the kitchen, whisking, roasting, pureeing, bruleeing… learning. It was my hobby and my escape. As with all things I enjoy, I studied cookery. I was on a mission to prove something, if only to myself. My goal was always to create a masterpiece.
After the birth of child number one, things changed.
As a former teacher, I pompously thought to myself, “How hard could taking care of a baby possibly be? I wrangle 25 kids at a time all day long! This is going to be a piece of cake!”
Yet, sleep deprivation and constant screaming do funny things to a person. Two weeks into motherhood, I had the daunting realization, I was in over my head. This was no easy task. With a greater sense of humility, I asked questions, read parenting books, and researched.
I found a new mission, a new passion.
My passion for food hasn’t changed, but my willingness to devote a third of my waking hours to it has. I’m constantly looking for ways to make recipes quicker and easier, without sacrificing health and flavor.
Nowadays I’m a less is more kind of cook. Big flavor, fewer ingredients, no one to impress. I like to let the food speak for itself.
An ingredient’s natural flavor, texture, and color should shine, not get covered up by throwing the whole pantry in one dish.
I still occasionally make a 30 ingredient, cook-all-day, type of meal. Just not quite as often.
This Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe is a perfect example of simple, flavorful cooking. I marinated the salmon in soy sauce, brown sugar and liquid smoke. The liquid smoke gives the salmon the essence of fish cooked over a cedar plank, without having to make a trip to the lumberyard. It’s sweet and smoky with a crisp exterior and sumptuous interior.
The Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe is elevated by crispy, flash-fried ginger strips as a garnish. These of course are optional, but offer a little extra punch to the finished dish.
Throw in a veggie and some rice and you have a wonderful, healthy dinner.
Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe
- Place the salmon in baking dish with the soy sauce, liquid smoke, and brown sugar. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour—but you could marinate overnight. Flip once. When ready to use, preheat the grill or an iron skillet to high heat.
- Peel the ginger and cut into thin (julienne) strips. Heat a small skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. When the oil is hot, drop the ginger in and pan-fry for 1-2 minutes, moving with a spatula, until they are light brown. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.
- Carefully brush the grill with vegetable oil. (You could also use grill spray.) Pepper the salmon and place it on the grill, top-side-down. Cook 3 minutes. Flip, then carefully sprinkle the tops with a little extra brown sugar and grill for another 3-5 minutes—until just cooked through. Serve warm with fried ginger on top.
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