|Three Ingredient Glazed Salmon|
Here I go, telling another white lie again. Technically, this recipe has FOUR ingredients, if you include the salmon. But I figure, since this is about as easy, healthy and delicious as it gets, you'll forgive me the quibble.
It is with great pleasure that I recognize salmons as a staple in households aiming for a reliable source of quality fats and proteins. Fresh, wild salmon is remarkably nutritious and I always feel fantastic after eating it. However, I often hear complaints that it's difficult to make salmon interesting and delicious, without a lot of work. Challenge accepted.
There is something particularly magical and powerful about Asian ingredients. They work individually and in tandem to offer enormous flavor and have the ability to flex your muscle memory more than most cuisines. You just can't mistake the smells and tastes of a great Chinese or Japanese or Thai restaurant meal! For this recipe, I decided I could get the most bang for my flavor buck with a select few of my favorite Asian ingredients, tamari and sesame oil.
Tamari is a kind of soy sauce that is made using little or no wheat, so it's a great choice for those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Like soy sauce, it has a rich, salty flavor and pairs harmoniously with sweeteners, like the honey I use here. Feel free to use soy sauce instead of tamari if that is what you have. Sesame oil is exactly what it sounds like...the oil from sesame seeds! High-quality sesame oil has beneficial effects on blood pressure, blood sugar levels and can contribute to supple, hydrated skin. It also happens to be one of my absolute favorite flavors of all time. I could eat sesame oil on just about anything (did I just extend myself another challenge?).
This crazy simple salmon recipe is a perfect addition to your weekly dinner rotation, and you will look forward to it every single time. If you have access to wild salmon, please don't skimp and buy farmed. Farmed salmon comes with myriad concerns: it often contains harmful dyes that are added for color, reflects inhumane practices, is contaminated with pollutants AND...it just doesn't taste very good! Prioritize the quality of your seafood and your body and palate will be infinitely grateful.
NOTE: I served my salmon with THIS cauliflower rice and it was divine!