Thursday, November 15, 2007


The good people at McCormick have developed a salmon recipe that's quite good. It's supposed to be roasted in the oven, but I grilled it outside. And I don't have any smoked paprika, only regular paprika. Since I want to use the regular paprika up before I buy anything else, I subbed with half regular paprika, half chipotle chile pepper, thinking I would get the smokiness and a little heat which I like. Since I have fresh thyme in my herb garden, I used that instead of the dried thyme. Lastly, I had my spinach in a salad, instead of wilted under the salmon. Even with my changes, I liked this. It's a welcome change from the norm. The leftovers made a great sandwich the next day. I'm giving you McCormick's recipe as written, with none of my changes. More recipes are available at their website -- go to this link:

Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon with Wilted Spinach

INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
2 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Collection Thyme leaves, divided
2 lbs. salmon fillets
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. McCormick Gourmet Collection Smoked Paprika
1 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Collection Saigon Cinnamon
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1/2 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt
1 bag (10 oz.) spinach leaves

DIRECTIONS: Mix orange juice, 2 Tbsp. of the oil and 1 tsp. of the thyme in small bowl. Place salmon in large glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat well. Cover. Refrigerate 30 min. or longer for extra flavor. (I marinated for 1/2 hour and couldn't taste any of the marinade, so I think a longer marinating -- 2-3 hours would give better results. Also, I put everything in a plastic resealable bag instead of a dish.)

Mix sugar, paprika, cinnamon, orange peel, remaining 1 tsp. thyme and sea salt in small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade. Place in greased foil-lined baking pan. Discard any remaining marinade. Rub top of salmon evenly with smoked paprika mixture.

Roast salmon in preheated 400 degree F oven 10-15 minutes, or til fish flakes easily with a fork. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in large skilled on medium heat. Add spinach; cook and stir 2 min., or til wilted. Serve salmon over spinach. Serves 8.

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