23 July 2011

Blackberry Ginger Glazed Salmon


Another delicious summertime dish.  Fresh blackberries are cooked down with ginger and a hint of lemon into a thick glaze to go over salmon.  This is an adaptation of a Sunny Anderson recipe.


Blackberry Ginger Glazed Salmon


Ingredients:
½ cup water
6 oz. fresh blackberries
1 (½”) piece ginger, peeled and grated
½ tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp olive oil
4 skinless salmon fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Directions
Preheat oven to 400°.


In a small saucepot over medium-high heat, combine water, blackberries, ginger, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until berries break down and sauce is reduced, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to push blackberry pulp through. Return blackberry mixture to the sauce pot.  Dissolve cornstarch in a small amount of cold water and add that and the sugar to the blackberry mixture.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Remove from heat and let cool.


Brush a baking sheet with olive oil and set fillets on top. Brush fillets with oil and season with salt and pepper. Once blackberry glaze is cool, pour half of it  into a separate bowl and set aside.  Using the first half of the glaze, brush it generously over salmon fillets and discard the rest.  Bake salmon for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and, using the reserved glaze, brush the salmon again. Bake another 8 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.  Brush with additional glaze before serving.


Makes 4 servings.

Super tasty.  Thickening the glaze with cornstarch was my addition; it was too thin and kept running off the salmon.  The cornstarch trick worked very well.  I also cut the glaze ingredients in half because I had tons of it leftover; it was way more than anyone could use for 4 pieces of salmon.  You could go a head and double the sauce and then reserve some for topping ice cream or something.  Yeah, it's that good!

I know the picture isn't the greatest, but isn't it the prettiest salmon you've ever seen?  This dish is known as "purple salmon" in our house.

I served it with brown rice and green beans.  I love pairing fruit flavors with salmon, so this is a winner in my book.

2 comments:

Christina said...

What an amazing color! I would've never though to use blackberries on salmon. It looks amazing!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Christina. I hope you try it. Tis the season!

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