Broiled Salmon With Chile, Orange and Mint

This salmon recipe features a vibrant citrus and mint elegance that will have you asking for more.  This is my favorite salmon dish because it is so simple, so few ingredients with a fantastic taste.  Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you:  There’s lots of flavor here. A crisp green salad or asparagus would work well alongside. This is a must try!

Modified recipe from Colu Henry, New York Times, November 2021

Author: Michelle Hanson

Michelle Hanson, MA, RD, LD is Fresh & Natural Food’s Registered Dietitian. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics with a minor in Community Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle has been a nutrition consultant for numerous years as well as a nutrition research director at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Michelle is passionate about food and nutrition and believes in helping people find simple, realistic ways to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lifestyle.
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  1. Turn on the broiler and position the oven rack to sit about 6 inches below it.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add ground red-pepper, and cook for about 1 minute. Remove butter from heat, and stir in orange zest and 2 T mint. Set aside.
  3. Season salmon well with salt and pepper and place skin-side down on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Spoon butter mixture evenly over top of each fillet.

4. Broil salmon for 4 to 6 minutes until the skin becomes opaque and the appears           flaky  It should be medium-rare in the thickest part of the fillet. If you prefer                   your salmon a bit more cooked, leave it in for another minute or so, moving to             the it to the lower rack if the tops get too dark. Serve, and scatter with mint. You           may want to serve with wedges of avocado (optional).

For those needing to lower their sodium intake:  use low sodium butter, season the salmon with pepper and a low sodium substitute (i.e., Mrs. Dash).


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