Day 28 : Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

I finally had a chance to get to the store!  At least one of them anyway, I have to go again tomorrow still lol.  But since I went today I figured it was a great day to have some fresh fish.  I learned the hard way after some very BAD salmon to never buy fish ahead of time in our house, and always to cook it up that very same day.  This is especially true for the fact that we live a ways from any truly FRESH fish here in Idaho.

This salmon was so easy to prepare and looked beautiful on the plate.  The sweetness of the glaze was a nice addition and was not overpowering at all.  This is a fairly simple flavored dish I felt, and if I make it again I might try to add something more to it just to see if I could achieve that “wow” factor.  Maybe some garlic, herbs, some orange juice perhaps, or even some asian inspired ingredients.  One thing I did have an issue with was the glaze not wanting to thicken up.  The recipe claimed it should after a couple of minutes, but even with some cornstarch added in (after reading reviews) I noticed it took a good 5 minutes to even start to thicken and then only after I finally gave up and let it sit for a bit.  Of course it did not subtract from the flavor that the glaze was runny, just the presentation.  One other thing about this recipe… it’s quick!  Perfect for a nice meal after a long day at work or like me, after a day of shopping.


Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

Serves : 4                          Time to make : 15 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. + 1 tsp. brown sugar, packed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions :

  1. Pat dry salmon fillets and season with salt and pepper to taste. (I like to use course salt for seasoning meats)
  2. Whisk together vinegar, water, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat warm the oil, but not to the point of smoking.  With skin side up, place fillets in the heated oil and sear for about 4-6 minutes.  Flip and cook another 3 minutes or so until the salmon is done all the way through.  Remove to a plate and tent with foil to allow the juices to rest.
  4. In a small saucepan heat the balsamic mix over high heat and boil, stirring constantly, for about 3-5 minutes or until the glaze has reduced down and thickened.  (I added about 1/2 T. of cornstarch to mine at the start to help it thicken which you may want to do also)
  5. Spoon the glaze over the salmon and enjoy!


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