Aside from pick-up-phone-and-order-Chinese, this might be the fastest non-cereal, non-PB&J, non-Hot-Pocket dinner ever.
5 minutes of prep, 7 minutes under the broiler. All while you’re microwaving some steam-in-bag broccoli or reheating the leftover roasted asparagus from the night before.
Dinner? Done. Just like that.
The spice rub comes from an oldie but insanely goodie, Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Thighs. It gets the tiniest of tweaks – I highly recommend using chipotle chili powder if you can. The slight heat + smokiness goes pretty perfectly with the sweet & sour honey glaze.
On those nights when we need something fast and prefer clean-up to be limited to a foil-lined pan and two tiny mixing bowls (hello, swim team and soccer practice!), I have a total winner that’s not too boring for the adventurous eater, not too weird for the picky eater, and not too spicy for the 4-year-old eater.
Spicy Honey-Glazed Salmon
Salmon is broiled with a smokey, flavorful dry rub and then finished with either a sweet & sour honey glaze or a Whole30-approved sweet & sour date glaze.
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika (I use smoked)
- Generous pinch of salt
- Several grinds black pepper
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
- 2 8-oz salmon filets
- Olive oil
- *For a Whole30-compliant glaze, I soak 2 dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften and then blend the drained dates with 1/4 cup cider vinegar. Use the glaze as directed (will glaze ~8 filets) and store leftover glaze in a jar in the fridge.
- Preheat the broiler and move the top rack to ~4-5 inches below element.
- Mix dried ingredients in a small bowl (this makes enough for two recipes, I store extra mix in a ziptop bag and regularly make the salmon again the next night).
- In another small bowl, mix honey and vinegar together (a 10-second trip through the micrwave is helpful).
- Line a pan with foil and lightly brush with olive oil (or cooking spray).
- Place salmon on foil and drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle each filet with 1/2 tsp of spices, rubbing the dry rub over the top and sides of the fish.
- Broil for 5 minutes, brush with half of the honey mixture, and broil 1 more minute.
- Brush with remaining honey mixture and broil 1 minute.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Yields: Feeds 2 bigs and 1 little
Estimated time: 15 minutes