The other day I answered the phone and it was my son Logan. This is not unusual as we pretty much talk every day. What can I say – the boy loves his mother!
What was unusual was his question.
“Mom, where can I buy gin?”
Now this question may not be that unusual for some 25 year old men but for my returned Mormon missionary son who just graduated from BYU and lives in Provo, Utah – this was an unusual question!
First of all – I don’t even know if you can buy gin in Provo???
When I asked him why he wanted to buy gin he informed me he was making the salmon marinade recipe I had sent him and it called for gin. I had forgotten about that when I sent it to him.
Now, I am not opposed to using wine, etc. in my cooking (please don’t tell anyone, I don’t want to get in trouble). I have even been known to hide it in the bottom of my grocery cart and hope I don’t run into anyone from church while I am at the store! But usually I just run next door to my neighbors to borrow some.
I don’t usually use hard liquor – is gin considered hard liquor? – in my cooking. I’m not sure my neighbors even have any.
I had goggled what to use as a substitute for gin and the answer was apple juice – so that is what I used.
Back to the recipe. I am not much of a seafood eater. I can handle shrimp and a nice light white fish but usually salmon is way out of my comfort zone. So when my friend Karen asked if we would like a piece of the very fresh salmon her husband had just caught I told her that I’m sure Jim would love it.
Karen generously shared with us and along with the salmon she gave us their favorite salmon recipe.
That weekend we were invited to a potluck BBQ and I knew that Jim would never eat all of it himself so I decided to fix it to take to the party. Now I wish I hadn’t!
Now remember, I don’t like salmon, but I LOVED this salmon. Several people at the party told me it was the BEST salmon they had ever eaten. Now I am sure part of it was the fact that it was incredibly fresh but the marinade was divine too!
Logan also got rave reviews from his dinner guests and impressed the girls they were cooking for so I think it is a keeper!! I guess I now like salmon!
The sauce that is served with it is a condiment or dipping sauce. I did not put it on top of the salmon, just served it as a side dish with it.
Marinaded Salmon and Sauce
2 lb salmon with skin on
6 T brown Sugar
1 T salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 T Gin (or apple juice)
¼ bunch fresh chopped dill – I used dry – about 1 tsp.
1 tsp crushed juniper berries (optional) – left these out
Place salmon skin side down in baking dish. Mix ingredients in bowl and spread evenly over fish. Marinate minimum of 4 hrs. (I got a late start and only marinaded it for 30 minutes and it was divine but my salmon was very fresh. Maybe if it is not as fresh you might want to marinade it longer. Logan marinaded his the full 4 hours and the salmon did not have any skin on it and it still worked great)
Pour off excess juices and reserve for sauce
Pre-heat oven to 400 and bake 15-20 min maximum
2 T brown sugar
¼ c Dijon mustard
1 T juice from marinade
½ lemon (juice only)
¼ bunch fresh chopped dill
¼ c Vegetable oil
Tabasco sauce to taste
5 T Whipped whipping cream
Mix brown sugar and Dijon mustard in a bowl. Slowly mix in veg. oil. Add remaining ingredients saving whipped cream for last.
For additional recipes for Baked Salmon Steaks I found this great resource.