When my friends over at FarmTrue sent me a jar of their new Maple Walnut Ghee Nut Butter I knew it would be great in both sweet and savory recipes. Other than my first thought of oatmeal cookies, I also knew I had to try it on salmon. There is something about a sweet, caramelized piece of salmon either on a salad, or with a side of roasted veggies.
To bring out the maple flavor of the nut butter, I added more maple syrup to help thin it out enough so I could spread it on the salmon. I also added just a little olive oil, salt and one secret ingredient.... tamari! (Or soy sauce for all other intensive purposes.) It brings out a slight tangy flavor and if you've ever had a teriyaki salmon, that's where some of that flavor is coming from.
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Preheat your oven to 375 or prepare your broiler. Both work great - salmon cooks quickly so if you'd prefer a more browned and caramelized approach, try the broiler. If you are cooking for the masses, or don't want to keep an eye on the oven, just bake. Coat the salmon with about half of the mixture. Then, in an oven safe saute pan, over high heat, drizzle the pan with olive oil and sear salmon, skin side down. After about 2-3 minutes, remove from heat and place into the oven. Bake for about 7 minutes, and then coat with the remaining sauce. At this point, you can either place back into the oven to finish cooking, or place under broiler to finish cooking. Salmon should be flaky, but not dry when done (usually about another 3-5 minutes depending on how thick the piece of fish is.)
* This post was sponsored by my dear friends at FarmTrue. xx Thanks guys!
Maple Walnut Salmon (GF)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes (time will vary depending on thickness of fish.)
1.5 pounds fresh salmon (skin on)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Optional: chopped parsley
In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In an oven safe saute pan, drizzle a little olive oil to coat and bring to high heat. Place in salmon, skin side down and sear for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat and put pan in the oven for another 5-7 minutes, or place under broil for another 3-5 minutes. Salmon is done when it isn't raw in the middle, slightly flaky and not dry.
Remove from oven and top with more chopped walnuts and chopped parsley.