I have to admit that I am not one those people who like you based solely on your health benefits. I love you for you, and I have for a long time. I was that weird girl middle school, with terrible curly bleached hair, politely answering back to her mom, “Yes, mama. I will have the wild atlantic salmon tonight and I will have the skin extra crispy. Please and thank you.”
See, I’ve always loved the way you taste. You are strong and poignant, in a class of your own. I even like the way my house smells of you for at least 24 hours after I’ve pan-fried you to perfection. The thing is though, I’ve only ever made you two ways: pan fried or oven baked, always with salt and pepper.
It’s my own fault, but I’m afraid our relationship has gotten, dare I say it, a bit boring. I began wasting minutes in the fish section of my grocery store looking down at you, sitting there next to the dull colored trout, trying to come up with exciting ways to reignite sparks in our relationship. So I did what any woman would do in my position: I went on Pinterest. Within three minutes I came across a recipe to caramelize you. I didn’t read the recipe the whole way through. I was too excited. As soon as I read that there were only three ingredients, all of which already took up residence in my cupboard, I closed my laptop and got to work.
You don’t need to be scared, you only have to keep being yourself. I’m only adding one additional ingredient to spice up our relationship: Brown sugar. And that’s only because you’re so sweet. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t be flirting. I have a husband now.
No, Salmon. I’m not trying to change you. Just think of the brown sugar as self tanning lotion. Everyone looks better with a little of a tan and Summer is just around the corner.
How To Caramelize Salmon
This is too easy! So easy that I’m probably doing something wrong, but! it tastes so good that I don’t care. I’ve always wanted to experiment with my cooking but end up talking myself into sticking with what I already know because recipes seem to hard or too involved. This is such an easy way to change things up!
What you’ll need:
2 fillets of Salmon, skin on is my preference
A simple side salad
Lay the salmon flat and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Then, rub brown sugar into both sides of the salmon with your hands.Let the salmon sit for a bit until the sugar starts to melt and create a dark coating. Place your pan over medium heat with a little oil on it. Rub the coating into the salmon a little more and you’re ready. Then, pan fry the salmon for about 3 minutes on each side, twice. (I like my salmon well-done.)
The sugar coating will begin to bubble on the pan. That’s totally normal. I like to run the salmon through the coating on the pan for extra deliciousness.
And that’s it!