SWEET AND SPICY PINEAPPLE SALMON — Salmon is roasted in a sweet and spicy pineapple sauce, along with pineapple slices, in this easy, healthy meal that’s ready in 30 minutes or less!
My family loves salmon, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it, and this Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Salmon is a new family favorite at my house!
The salmon is covered in a delicious glaze, made with sweet and spicy Asian sauces and pineapple juice. Whole pineapple rings are cooked in foil, along with the salmon.
Actually, the pineapple might just be my favorite part. I used canned pineapple rings because that’s what I had on hand. But fresh pineapple would be absolutely amazing.
Towards the end of cooking, I turned on my broiler to caramelize the glaze a bit. Then I finished the cooked fish off with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, for added color and flavor.
My family declared this to be one of the best salmon recipes I’ve made. And I’ve made a lot of salmon!
To accommodate my family of hungry boys, I usually get my salmon at Costco. But if you have a smaller group too feed, you could easily cut down on the glaze and just cook a few salmon fillets this way.
And although I haven’t tried it yet, I think this would be absolutely amazing on the grill. Just omit the foil, baste your salmon while grilling, and grill your pineapple slices separately.
If you happen to have leftovers, they make for some great fish tacos the next day. Just chop up the pineapple and turn it into a salsa. In fact, next time I may add extra pineapple just for that reason.
If you’re looking for an easy but elegant (and also healthy) way to feed your family in less than 30 minutes, this Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Salmon is a must try!
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Tips for Cooking Fish
Choosing fresh fish: Rather than shopping for a certain type of fish, buy the fish that looks the freshest. Similar types of fish can usually be substituted in a recipe.
If you were planning to use cod in a recipe, for example, you can easily substitute orange roughy or snapper.
Cooking time: Measure your fish at its thickest part, then aim for about 10 minutes of cooking time per inch of thickness.
Is it done? To test fish for doneness, insert a knife into the flesh at the thickest part. It should be just barely translucent in the center.
Even if it doesn’t look quite done, the fish will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, so make sure not to overcook it.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Salmon
- Sweet chili sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Sliced pineapple
- Pineapple juice
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh cilantro
- 2-2.5 lbs. salmon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 (8 oz.) cans pineapple slices, drained (reserve juice for glaze)
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Lay salmon on foil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange pineapple slices around edges of salmon. Fold edges of foil up around the salmon and pineapple.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and pineapple juice. Pour glaze over salmon.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Switch oven to broil and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until edges of salmon just begin to blacken.
- Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro before serving, if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 578Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 57g
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