Salmon is one of those super foods you always hear about. I’ve also blogged about one version of baked salmon before, using aluminum foil to bake the fish, but you don’t have to use foil to bake salmon, and it tastes just as yummy! (That’s a technical term by the way: yummy.) I had picked up some green beans earlier in the week while grocery shopping, not entirely sure when I would cook them or with what. But after a couple of nights of chicken I needed something different so I decided to stop at my local Whole Foods to grab some fish. When I pulled in they were having a sale on fresh Atlantic salmon so it was an easy choice as to what I would get. I pulled out my “Weeknights With Giada” cookbook and found the below salmon recipe. I had all the ingredients for the glaze so I was set. Yes! another recipe from Giada done! *side note: my regular digital camera broke this night so photos are from my old iPhone 3GS.
BALSAMIC GLAZED SALMON WITH GARLIC GREEN BEANS (serves 1)
- 1 6 oz. Salmon Fillet
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Cooking Spray
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tsp Maple Syrup
- 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 Large Garlic Clove
- Salt and Pepper to taste
First, make sure your oven rack is in the middle position then preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While your oven is heating up make your balsamic glaze. First, mince your large garlic clove, set aside half to use with your green beans. Combine the other half with the vinegar, maple syrup and mustard in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once it reaches a boiling point reduce the heat to low and simmer until it thickens, about 10 minutes. (May take longer if you make more glaze.)
Spray a small baking sheet (or a large one if that’s all you have, like me) with your cooking spray where you will place your salmon fillet(s). Drizzle both sides of your salmon fillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. The flesh should easily flake off with a fork.
While your fish is in the oven, work on your green beans. First make sure the ends are removed. In a small fry pan heat about a tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add in your minced garlic you set aside from earlier and cook for about 30 seconds, enough so you can smell it. Add in your green beans and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so the entire part of the bean gets coated in oil and cooked.
When green beans are done, remove to a plate. Add the finished salmon and top with the balsamic glaze and enjoy! Save the rest of the balsamic glaze for another night and enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner tonight!