Orange Jalapeño Salmon

Orange Jalapeño Salmon

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December is busy. Like oh my God, I don’t even remember what my apartment looks like or what my couch feels like busy. That’s either because I’m never at my apartment or because it looks like a bomb hit it. Which is also because I’m never there.  Healthy eating? I mean, I’m not even sure where my kitchen is anymore, not to mention how to cook in it. Basically, I need an entire weekend to lounge around in my pajamas and hang out on the couch with a good book or a Christmas movie, taking short breaks to cook and bake. I’m also living in a dream world if I think that’s going to happen any time soon. Happy December! (Really, I’m not complaining as my busy-ness is mainly all FUN busy. But I still miss sleeping).

So, for now, I’m finding shortcuts to keep myself cooking and eating semi-healthy. Cue salmon. Contrary to popular belief, most fish is super easy to prepare. And, of course, it’s also mostly healthy. While I’m generally a crazy ridiculous planner when going to the grocery store, if I happen to see any sort of seafood at a good price, I’ll snatch it up and figure out how to prepare it as I go. That’s my idea of living on the edge. And that’s exactly what I did with this salmon. Orange juice, honey, and a hearty dose of jalapeños kicked the flavor up, but still let the salmon remain the star of the show.

Also, it involves ridiculously few ingredients. Things I always have at home anyway (besides the salmon). Yes, I consider it essential to always have jalapeño backups at home. Never know when you’ll need to call them in.

Orange Jalapeño Salmon (serves 2):
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  • 2-3 jalapeños, 1 minced 1 chopped and 1 whole (whole is optional garnish)
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 1/8 C honey
  • 3/4 lb.-1 lb. salmon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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As always, I’ll have you go through the seeds or no seeds in the jalapeño debate. I always include seeds. But I always love spicy. If you don’t, you can remove the seeds.

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Start by putting the minced jalapeño, orange juice, and honey in a small saucepan and bringing to a boil.

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Then lower the heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Mixture will thicken.

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In the meantime, divide salmon in half if needed and brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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And when the jalapeño orange juice mixture is done simmering, brush about half of the mixture over the salmon.

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Grill salmon on medium-medium low in a grill pan or frying pan for about 3 minutes on each side.

My grill pan was a bit too hot and my salmon got a little charred. I actually kind of loved it though, especially since it wasn’t overcooked inside.

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Remove salmon from pan and immediately put jalapeño rounds in grill pan. Turn heat to medium-high and grill until browned. If you’re using the whole jalapeño as garnish, put that in the grill pan, too.

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Brush salmon with the remaining jalapeño, orange, honey mixture and top with grilled jalapeño rounds. I also served my salmon with some simple spinach and rice pilaf.

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This is literally a 15-minute meal (take that, Rachael Ray!) and is perfect for those nights when you know you should cook, but also aren’t quite sure where to find a good 3-4 extra hours in your evening. Which is almost every day for me.

Yes, this looks like a ridiculous amount of jalapeños, but to be honest, because they were grilled (and boiled), much of the heat was absent. But don’t worry; the flavor remained. I loved the slight spice, combined with the sweetness of honey and citrus notes from the orange juice.

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Also, you might want to serve it with a Jalapeño Orange Spritzer. Because after cooking this quick meal, you’ll have a few extra minutes to sit and put your feet up. Or maybe you should hang that pile of clothes on your bed. Or vacuum. Yeah, your living room probably needs a good vacuum. Forget that whole relaxing thing.

Oh, another reason I don’t remember what my apartment looks like is because I’ve been staying with this delight for the past 1.5 weeks:
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Of course, seeing her face is totally worth it. Cutest ever!

What’s your favorite quick and easy fish dish?

[Sues]

13 Responses to "Orange Jalapeño Salmon"

  1. For someone who doesn’t usually like salmon – this looks AWESOME. Love all that spice. I use tilapia (or shrimp) a lot for easy seafood meals.

  2. Gia Grossman says:

    Fish=yum! Dog=adorable!

    I always think fish is a lot more complicated than it really is.

  3. I still eat fish occasionally, and I can never get enough salmon or fresh scallops!

  4. Ellen Renee says:

    That looks so wonderful – can’t wait to try it!

  5. this recipe has been bookmarked! salmon is my favorite.

  6. Jeannie says:

    I seldom cook fish simply because the kitchen will smell of fish when I am done cooking! This looks delicious, I love spicy food too so the jalapeno is just right:) That dog is just too cute!

  7. First time visitor to this blog and it’s a great read 😉 I like the idea of this salmon dish – it’s the perfect way to spice up weeknight meals!

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  8. Michelle says:

    I love the sweet and spicy glaze on the salmon! I love using mustard and soy sauce on baked fish!

  9. Sues says:

    @Chocolate Shavings Thank you! And welcome to our blog 🙂 I’m going to check yours out now!

  10. Shannon says:

    aww, cute! love this speedy salmon dinner, packed with flavor:)

  11. Yum! I just bought and froze some gorgeous salmon. I am bookmarking this for next week!

  12. Hot jobs says:

    GREAT publish and impressive in turn …will bear a try all the tips..Thanks……

  13. Hahaha, that’s my idea of living on the edge too 😉
    PS – My mouth starting watering the second I read the title and saw the first picture and I’m not even close to hungry. Will be making this soon!!

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