On the rare night the kids are gone, and I’m on my own for dinner, it’s tempting to go for the PB&J and just not mess with cooking at all. But sometimes I like to treat myself and cook something simple that’s just for me. A pretty plate, happy taste buds, a glass of wine, a good book or something on the TV that the kids aren’t allowed to watch. It all adds up to a relaxing, peaceful evening, which sometimes is just what the doctor ordered. So I always keep a couple of single servings of fish in the freezer for just such an occasion.
This is one of my favorite salmon recipes. It’s simple, it’s quick. Perfect for a single serving, but also easy to multiply if you have more people to feed. The brown sugar and honey caramelize as they cook under the broiler, creating a sweet candy coating. To balance the sweetness of the salmon, I like to make something a little spicy on the side. Tonight it was a quick side of pan-sauteed spicy snap peas, a beautiful contrast. And it looks pretty, which is just a bonus. A little fresh pineapple on the side works great to cool things off after you heat them up.
1 – 6 oz. salmon filet
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. country-style dijon mustard
Salt & pepper
Mix all ingredients and smear all over the surface of the salmon. Put under the broiler and cook about 10 minutes. Check occasionally, the fish should flake easily with a fork when done.
Spicy Snap Peas
1 cup snap peas
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add snap peas and red pepper flakes. Saute, stirring often, until peas are tender, 4-5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.