A couple weeks ago, I moved in with my boyfriend. I know, scary, right? Big life change. And in more ways than you expect. I went from living with my parents and having most of my dinners provided for me (don’t judge… it’s nearly impossible to afford living on your own these days in So Cal), to having to think about what to make for dinner every night for the two of us. Sure, we could default to take-out and frozen meals, but where’s the fun in that? I want us to eat healthy, real food, with only occasional moments of fast food weakness. Like maybe once a week. Or twice. Ok, three times, tops. Maaaaaybe four…
This new life change just means more opportunities to cook for The Whiskey Wanderer! I already have a TON of recipes lined up to try out over the next few weeks. I’m super excited! I found this recipe from Mom Foodie where I find the majority of my recipes: Pinterest. I guess she adapted it from a cookbook, and then I adapted it from her. That’s one of the things I love about cooking. Each recipe is just a jumping off point from which you can go any direction you want!
ORANGE WHISKEY SALMON
AUTHOR: Robin Gagnon, altered by Natalie Bates | PREP TIME: 5 min, plus marinating time | COOK TIME: 10 min | YIELDS: 2 servings
- 2 tbs Irish whiskey (I used Tullamore Dew)
- 2 tbs orange juice
- 3 tbs hoisin sauce
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 2 cloves of garlic (smashed, but not chopped)
- 2 wild salmon fillets
- Whisk the whiskey, orange juice, hoisin, and sugar together. Drop in the smashed garlic.
- Pour into a zip top storage bag, and add the salmon.
- Allow to marinate in refrigerator for a minimum of 1½ hours (overnight is fine).
- Preheat the broiler or grill.
- While fish is cooking, microwave the remaining marinade for about 2 minutes. This will reduce it a little, cook off the alcohol, and sterilize it so you can baste with it and pour some over finished dish.
I served it with 7-grain rice and a makeshift Asian slaw based on a recipe I also found on Pinterest. It was a light and healthy meal that was ready pretty fast. The part that took the longest was chopping the veggies for the slaw. *Note to self: invest in a mandoline. Also must learn how to cook fish without drying it out…
Recipe obtained from: Mom Foodie. Check out her website for more great recipes and lifestyle tips!
Photos and thoughts are my own, recipe by Mom Foodie.