I have been on a mission to learn how to prepare perfectly cooked salmon at home. I must say, I used to be intimidated by cooking fish. But it could not be easier! I’ve tried preparing salmon a number of different ways, and this sweet and spicy pineapple salmon is one of my favorites. I prefer salmon that has a slightly crispy crust. This salmon is cooked under the broiler to achieve just that, for a dinner that comes together in less than 30 minutes! My next goal is to perfect pan-frying salmon in ghee. I have dreams about my favorite salmon from one of our local restaurants that does just that. It seems like anything cooked in ghee automatically becomes the best thing ever.
When selecting salmon at the store, make sure you go for Wild Alaskan Salmon whenever possible. Wild Alaskan salmon is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is also more likely to contain antibiotics, pesticides, and other ingredients you don’t want to be eating. In this recipe, I think the sweet flavors from the pineapple and maple syrup, paired with the hint of cayenne pepper really compliment the salmon. My 2-year-old loves this, even with the spice! Although I’m pretty sure he would eat anything that is a vehicle for pineapple
- For the marinade:
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (I use Grade B)
- For the glaze:
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 of a whole pineapple, peeled and cut into slices
- Mix together the ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, and 1/4 cup maple syrup for the marinate. Pour over the salmon fillets in a shallow dish and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning half-way through.
- Preheat the broiler with the rack in the top position. Mix together the remaining maple syrup and cayenne pepper for the glaze. Remove the salmon the marinate and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt. Place the salmon fillets and pineapple slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the salmon and pineapple with the glaze.
- Broil until the salmon is cooked through, 8-11 minutes, brushing the pineapple and salmon with more glaze halfway through. Serve the salmon topped with the pineapple and lime wedges if desired. Enjoy!