Thursday, October 8, 2015

Baked Salmon with Tamari-Mayo Glaze

I have guests visiting from Germany right now and of course I want to show them the sights of Seattle, which always includes a visit to Pike Place Market. While I am there, I take advantage of the incredibly fresh seafood, so I usually bring home a couple of Salmon Filets to make for my friends and I want to make it easy so I usually bake the salmon. Years ago, I got a recipe for a glaze for Salmon that I forget to use. It's a combination of Tamari and Best Foods (Hellman's) Mayonnaise with a little Lemon Juice added to it. It's simple, but it is magical. The glaze turns into something else altogether and what it does that is best (no pun intended) is to coat the Salmon so it doesn't dry out during the baking process. To make it even better, turn up the heat at the last minute to broil to create a bubbling browned surface. It's so good! And, it's good for you too. Salmon is full of Essential Fatty Acids - Omega 3s and Vitamin D. So here's another way to make Salmon that is perfect when you have guests as it cooks so beautifully without any watching, leaving you time to get the rest of the meal prepared.

Baked Salmon with Tamari-Mayo Glaze

3 pounds of Salmon - filleted
2 Tablespoons Oil
1 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise (or Hellmans)
3 Tablespoons Tamari
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (Juice of one Lemon)

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Oil a large baking pan and then place Salmon Filets on it.  Spread half of the Tamari-Mayo Glaze on each piece of Salmon. Place in the oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until fish just starts to flake in the largest sections. Turn the broiler on and cook for just a few minutes longer until the glaze starts to brown. Remove from oven and serve with additional slices of lemon and Tartar Sauce if desired (previous post).

Five Element Analysis

Salmon most definitely belongs to the Water Element and the Tamari adds even more. Baking it brings in a bit of the Fire Element.  The Lemon Juice contributes a bit of the Wood Element and the Mayonnaise represents the Metal Element. To make a balanced meal, be sure to add an Earth food and some more Fire Food too. I like to serve this with Potatoes and a big salad to create a Five Element balance.

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