Monday, April 15, 2013

Easy Meal Mondays! Honey Soy Salmon with Olive Oil Asparagus


Hello Everyone!  This is the fifth installment in my series on easy and healthy meal options that Jason and I have made and love.  I am planning on posting one recipe every Monday that is easy to make since I very rarely have energy for anything more than easy.  This recipe is from the Nerd Fitness Blog and is so so so good!  The salmon just melts in your mouth and the asparagus pairs perfectly with it.  

YIELD: 2 servings
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
  • Salmon - this recipe is for about 1 pound of salmon, which works as a moderate portion for two.  
  • 1 package of Asparagus
  • Honey
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Cloves, Ground Red Pepper, Paprika and Cinnamon - If you are access to five spice, be sure to use that instead of these spices!  If you don't have access to five spice and are finding this intimidating, just make sure you have cloves, it's the most important spice.  
  • Paprika and Olive Oil - For asparagus, but entirely optional.  There are a million different ways to season asparagus.  I usually use salt, pepper and olive oil.  

Directions:
In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup honey and 4 teaspoons of soy sauce.  Add the spices, about five strong dashes of each.  If you are using Five spice, be sure to use no more than 1 1/2 teaspoons.  Mince and add two garlic cloves, and stir the concoction.  Pour the honey soy sauce over the salmon.  After a moment, flip the salmon so it lies face down (skin up) in the sauce.  
Let the salmon and sauce marinate for 20 minutes. Rest and enjoy an adult beverage - this cooking stuff is hard work.  
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  With tin foil in hand, make two sections in your cookie sheet:  One for the asparagus, and one for the salmon. The salmon goes on the cookie sheet with the skin side down.
Chop off the ends of the asparagus, coat with olive oil, salt, paprika, or your preferred asparagus seasoning.
Once both items are on the tray, toss it in the oven. If you’ve been following the recipe so far, you’ll want to cook your 1 lb of salmon and asparagus at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.