By Jodee Weiland
I love salmon, and when it’s served with a sweet bourbon glaze, I love it even more. Although I have eaten salmon with a sweet bourbon glaze at restaurants many times, I decided it was time to do this recipe at home. I researched sweet bourbon glaze and discovered that there are so many different ways to do this. From what I learned, I just chose what I liked best from many of them, adjusted the amounts and ingredients to my preferences, and the result was awesome. My Salmon with Sweet Bourbon Glaze is the perfect blend of some of my favorite ingredients, and it is delicious!
Of course, most of the recipes use bourbon, but the amounts varied anywhere from one tablespoon to one cup. I chose somewhere short of the middle for this ingredient, and it was the perfect choice for my taste. Some had butter, and some did not. I chose to leave the butter out. Most have brown sugar in varying amounts, and I chose middle ground here, or what I thought was just enough, but not too much. Many had garlic, and I have never said no to garlic, so I included garlic as well. Now the rest of the ingredients varied quite a bit, so I decided to use what I thought would make this sweet but tangy. I chose apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses. Molasses adds just that right taste of what I call “Southern” for me. The end result was bold and delicious beyond my expectations!
- 2 – six ounce pieces of fresh salmon
- Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup bourbon (a better quality bourbon makes for a better glaze)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 fresh garlic clove minced
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon molasses
Blend together the bourbon, brown sugar, garlic, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses in a sauce pan and bring it to boil, while stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until it reduce to about half and thickens slightly. It will thicken more as it sits at room temperature on the side cooling off to room temperature.
Then season to taste the salmon pieces with the sea salt and black pepper. Don’t over do the sea salt. Place the pieces on a pan to broil or grill. If broiling, broil the salmon three to four inches below the heating coil for 6 to 9 minutes depending on thickness, and until there is a slight crispiness on the top, but make sure the salmon is not overdone. If more than 3/4 inch thick, it may take longer. Watch carefully, and just before the last minute you can brush some of your sweet bourbon glaze lightly on the top of the salmon.
When done, remove the salmon from the oven and baste some more with the sweet bourbon glaze. If grilling, cook according to the directions for your grill, adding glaze lightly in the last minute and then again adding more glaze when the salmon is ready to be served. Any leftover glaze can be refrigerated for about a week or a little longer. When ready to use, bring it to room temperature and use it on fish or even chicken.
My Salmon with Sweet Bourbon Glaze is absolutely delicious and has a bold flavor you will love. Salmon is so healthy for you, even adding a glaze will not take away from the benefits. Serve with a fresh vegetable, and a glass of white wine. We chose a Riesling and it paired well with the salmon. However, you choose to have this great dish, you are going to love it, so enjoy!