|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 27g||35%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||39%|
|Total Carbohydrate 62g||22%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 50g|
|Vitamin C 75mg||377%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The rich, full flavor of salmon is perfectly complemented by this sweet and tart cranberry sauce made of cranberries, onion, sugar, orange juice, and currant jelly. It is beautiful enough for a special occasion but also simple enough to prepare on a weeknight. The salmon is broiled and then topped with the sauce, making for a beautiful color contrast.
To round out the meal, serve some steamed asparagus and roasted potatoes on the side, along with a glass of white wine, if you like.
For the Salmon:
6 (5- to 6-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
For the Sauce:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup red currant jelly
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Steps to Make It
Prep the Salmon
Gather the ingredients.
Place the salmon fillets on a broiler rack that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, melted butter, salt, and pepper. Brush the mixture over the salmon and set aside.
Make the Sauce
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until tender, 6 to 7 minutes.
Add the cranberries, brown sugar, granulated sugar, currant jelly, orange juice, and lemon juice to the onion mixture in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low.
Simmer the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes until the cranberries pop and the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
Cook the Salmon
Preheat the broiler.
Broil the salmon 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the fish flakes when a fork is inserted into the flesh and twisted.
Serve the fish with a tablespoon or so of sauce spooned on top. Enjoy.
- Choose center-cut salmon fillets for the prettiest presentation.
- You can make this recipe with salmon steaks, but you'll need to increase the cooking time to about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Salmon is similar to steak in that it can be cooked to different degrees, from rare to well-done. If you like your salmon with a bit of rawness in the center, check after 6 minutes or so; if you prefer the fish completely opaque, you may need to cook for a minute or 2 longer than the 10 minutes.
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls for adding liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states it's oven-safe or heat-resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.