Salmon is a delicate fish that is really delicious cooked anyway. It is really fast and easy to cook. It can be baked, pan fried or grill among other ways. Whether you like Pacific or Atlantic varieties of salmon, I think both are really delicious and healthy. Salmon is high in protein, contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
I particularly love how well salmon pairs with cream cheese to make a delicious dip, spread or wonton filling. It is also fantastic in Sashimi, Philadelphia roll and other types of sushi!
Initially I bought the smoked salmon to make Philadelphia rolls but i never got around to doing it. I started thinking about what was really easy to prepare for a quick lunch as my husband was coming home around that time and then I remembered I had the salmon in the freezer. While it was defrosting, I decided I wanted to make the salmon with the fresh flavours of the ginger and garlic, the savouriness of the tamarind and the sweetness of caramelized brown sugar. The ginger, garlic, sugar and tamarind flavours paired up really nicely with the salmon. I was so happy how easy this was to prepare and I felt like I made a million dollar dish! Hubby was really impressed and couldn’t believe how easy it was to prepare. It was also very filling and satisfying.
I made both the regular salmon and the smoked salmon and the only difference was that the smoked salmon had a stronger flavour and a flaky texture as it already passed through the smoking process so the choice is yours. Also, if you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add up to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or less if you want it more tangy.
If you are having a dinner party with friends or family or preparing dinner for your special someone and want to impress them, then this is definitely a dish you would want to make! It is unbelievably easy to make and so tasty! Not to mention healthy!
Sweet and Tangy Salmon
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4 pieces (6-7) ozs pre-cut smoked or regular salmon
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon ginger, finely grated
1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons tamarind chutney
Squeeze fresh lemon/lime juice (optional)
Wash salmon pieces, pat dry and set aside. In a bowl, mix the garlic, ginger, brown sugar and tamarind together to make the sauce dressing. Place salmon pieces on a greased baking tray lined with foil and lightly sprinkle with salt and black pepper on either side. Put about 1 tablespoon of the tamarind mixture on the top of each of the salmon pieces and slathered to totally cover the top of the fish slice. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F in the meanwhile. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with blanched string beans or roasted vegetables.