Candied Salmon & Spicy Snap Peas

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.

Candied Salmon & Spicy Snap Peas

Candied Salmon

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.

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2 thoughts on “Candied Salmon & Spicy Snap Peas

  1. 2bsheri says:

    I’m so trying this tonight. Thanks for sharing!

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