Salmon is a food that I make over and over again as it's so versatile and simple. For this dish, I used Kvarøy Arctic salmon, a responsibly farmed salmon that you can find at Whole Foods stores or order online through Fulton Fish Market. This salmon comes together with a simple marinade made with date syrup and spices, and after a few hours to let the flavors soak into the salmon, it cooks up in minutes on a sheet pan.
Full disclosure, this post is part of a paid partnership with Kvarøy Arctic. After trying their salmon, taking a virtual tour of their aquaculture facility, and being impressed with their commitment to sustainability, I decided to partner with Kvarøy to promote a product I'm a huge fan of.
Date Glazed Spiced Salmon Serves 2
You'll need a small mixing bowl, a baking sheet, parchment paper, and a shallow dish or plate large enough to fit the salmon filet (for marinating)
Ingredients: 3/4 - 1 pound skin-on salmon filet
2 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled
4 tablespoons date syrup (or honey, though I prefer date syrup for its richer flavor)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon each of paprika, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon
1. Crush the two cloves of peeled garlic with the flat of a knife or a garlic press if you have one. They don't need to be perfectly broken down or minced, just broken up. 2. In a small mixing bowl, add the 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 4 tbsp date syrup, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp each of paprika, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon. Mix well to combine.
3. Place the skin on salmon filet in a walled baking dish, a shallow pan, or into a plastic bag. The vessel isn't necessarily important here it just needs to hold the fish and the marinade.
4. Pour the marinade mixture over the fish. Cover with plastic wrap or seal (if you're using a plastic bag). Place in the fridge and allow to marinate for 1-2 hours.
5. After marinating the salmon, preheat the oven on broil.
6. Remove the fish from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature on the counter while the oven preheats.
7. Once the oven has preheated, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place the filet, skin side down, on the parchment paper.
8. Sprinkle the salmon liberally with salt.
9. Place the salmon on a rack in the upper third of the oven and broil for 5-9 minutes until you reach your desired doneness (I prefer my salmon cooked to medium). The timing here depends on the thickness of the fish, so check it after every few minutes by turning on the oven light and looking through the window. If possible, check the salmon without opening the door.
10. Once it reached your desired doneness, remove and serve hot from the oven!