I love salmon. I make it all the time.
I also love peaches, especially right now in summer- they are so juicy and delicious, I want to eat them every day! I eat them as a snack, in my cereal, I chop them up and put them in salads, make a salsa with them….but…ooh, I wanted more.
So I came up with a delicious way to eat them at dinner. This sweet and smokey peach glazed salmon is exactly what it advertises: sweet, gooey, glazey goodness with a slightly spicy smokey kick. The flavors really compliment each other and the peaches stand out, without being too overpowering.
The glaze is made with fresh peaches, a little bit of apricot preserve, agave and lemon juice. I actually used an agave/maple syrup blend in the glaze- I bought it at trader joes ( I love it!!) but if you can’t find it, you can easily just use agave OR maple syrup.
Its a sweet dish, but not too sweet. It is also full of protein and low in calories- AND it is super easy to make!
Sweet & Smokey Peach Glazed Salmon
1 lb salmon, skin removed
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder (or more if you like it spicy!)
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
For the Glaze
3 ripe yellow peaches (2 for the glaze, 1 for cooking)
1 tablespoon apricot preserves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
2 tablespoons agave nectar OR agave/maple syrup blend
1/4 cup water
salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Combine all of the spices in a shallow dish and roll the salmon fillets in the mixture until all are evenly coated. Place the salmon, in this dish, into the fridge to sit while you make the glaze.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Dice two peaches and put into a saucepan along with all of the other glaze ingredients and set to a medium-high heat. Slice the third peach and set aside. Stir your glaze so it all comes together and when it reaches a simmer, lower the heat to low and let it slowly melt down and caramelize. This takes about 10 minutes or so, but be careful not to burn the glaze. If it starts to look a little too thick, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time. Once it is glazey and the consistency of a syrup, remove from heat and transfer it to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
Place salmon fillets on a shallow baking pan ( I used a jelly roll pan) lined with tin foil. Spoon glaze evenly over the fillets and cook at 400 for 5 minutes. While salmon is cooking, put those sliced peaches you set aside on a heated grill pan, or a regular skillet, sprayed with cooking oil. Cook until soft and gooey, about 5 minutes (turning once).
Once those 5 minutes in the oven are up, turn on the broiler and cook salmon under the broiler for another 3-4 minutes, watching it to make sure the top doesn’t get too charred. Once salmon is cooked through, remove from oven and let it cool for 2 minutes before serving.
I served this with roasted veggies and quinoa.