Having fish once a week is a must in our house. Fish has a lot of health benefits, and it is a good alternative to meat as a protein allowing your body to get different nutrients. This recipe uses just a handful of ingredients and is easy to prepare after work. Salmon is one of the greatest fish options out there and, in the past several years, has become widely available across grocery stores.
Salmon is always regarded as an amazing source of protein, vitamins, and healthy fats. This fish is very versatile as it could be eaten raw, medium rare or even well done, depending on your individual preferences. As I am pregnant, my fish is cooked through, but you can cook it up to the desired recipe.
Salmon could be expensive. Good cuts could be sold in your local store for about $35 per pound or even more. As I always advise, you don’t need to buy the most expensive cut to get the health benefits from your food. Most stores would have more affordable prices at about $10-18 per pound (depending on your location). Frozen is also an option as that will further reduce the cost. Healthy food doesn’t need to be expensive, and there are always possibilities for saving, so please do not be discouraged.
The choice of citrus fruit is entirely yours. I have opted for variety as each adds a different flavor. However, you can always use less variety if availability or affordability is an issue. In terms of availability, lemons, and oranges would be the most popular. The cost also tends to be lower compared to other citrus fruit. I would recommend you have 4 pieces of fruit, and the combination could vary. You can even use 2 lemons and 2 limes, which will add more acidity to your recipe. 2 sour fruit (lemon or line) and two sweeter (orange or grapefruit) is a great balanced combination.
Honey is the most amazing sweetener; I am ready to argue about that!
It offers numerous health benefits and nutrients that we can get through other sources of sweetness. As a rich source of antioxidants, honey can help boost your immune system and protect against oxidative stress. With its natural antimicrobial properties, honey can aid in soothing sore throats and coughs, making it a popular ingredient in homemade remedies.
This recipe is a bit on the sweet side, so please be mindful of that, which is why a balance between the fruits helps. Salmon tolerates sweeter sauces, and I would encourage you not to hesitate to experiment with how sweet you like it. Honey is the ingredient that always goes well with salmon – honey and soy sauce, honey and mustard, the endless options. In this case, you can benefit from the salmon (a source of vitamin B, protein, and healthy fats), vitamin C from the citrus fruit, and the natural sweetener of honey. I recommend using local honey as this could help with seasonal allergies.
Citrus Honey Salmon
- Oven proof dish
- 1 lbs salmon filet if you buy tail piece the cost is usually lower
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1 small orange
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 small grapefruite
- 1/4 tsp rosemary
- Pre-heat oven to 375 °F
For the glaze
- Slice the citrus fruit, keep one half and use the other half to squeeze the juice. Mix the juice with the honey and rosemary, set aside
For the bake
- Cut the remaining citrus fruit into slices and arrange at the bottom of your dish.
- Place the salmon on top of the citrus fruit and cover with the glaze.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until salmon is cooked to taste