This is my absolute favorite way to eat salmon…as of this past weekend when I first made it, and I have been craving it ever since!
This salmon is glazed in a butter/garlic/brown sugar mixture and served with asparagus that is glazed in the same delicious marinade…YUM! Here is a dare: if you think you don’t like salmon or asparagus, try this recipe and see if it doesn’t change your mind. This combination is just too perfect! I dare you not to like it.
Plus, this recipe makes four servings, and each serving is just 3 WW FreeStyle Smart Points! How sweet is that?
I don’t know why I have been so intimidated by salmon all this time. It’s amazing how easy it is to make in the oven! Just 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven! So simple.
Skin on or skin off.
Perhaps it was the skin of the salmon that scared me off. The first time I tried to cook salmon, I looked at the skin side and thought, “Aww man…how am I going to get that off!?” 🙂 For real. I never ate salmon growing up. We ate salmon patties, but I never had to imagine the salmon with skin on, so I didn’t understand why anyone would eat the skin.
Here is what I know now (this is for any salmon newbies out there)…leave the skin on! It packs in all this fantastic flavor and gives an extra crunchy texture that I think you will absolutely love. Plus, the skin holds the salmon together, which is great because once it is cooked, it falls apart (or flakes) pretty easily.
Orzo, or not.
I cooked up a little orzo and put it on the side with ours, but you don’t have to. It’s not included in the Smart Point total, and I am not including it as an ingredient in the actual recipe. It’s just a bonus side option.
My mom used to always do this thing where she would mix all of the different foods on her plate together, and we would make fun of her for it. Now I am older, and I have become my mother, so… try one bite with salmon, asparagus, and a little orzo all together, and you will be hooked! 🙂
Thanks, mom! 🙂
Alright, enough talking! You need to experience this dinner for yourself.
Here is what you need:
2 tablespoons light butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 (4 ounce) salmon fillets
1 bunch asparagus
Salt and pepper, to taste
Here is what you do:
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, water, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, and paprika.
Brush both sides of the salmon with the brown sugar mixture. Place salmon, skin-side down on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Toss the asparagus in with the remaining brown sugar mixture. Place the asparagus around the salmon or on a separate baking sheet.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 15-20 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
One serving is 1 salmon fillet and 1/4 of the asparagus.
One serving is 3 WW FreeStyle Smart Points.
Can’t get to the recipe today? No problem! You can save it on Pinterest with this picture:
- Serves: 4 servings
- Serving size: 1 salmon fillet and ¼ of the asparagus
- Calories: 185
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated fat: 1 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 12 g
- Sugar: 9 g
- Sodium: 674 mg
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 25 g
- Cholesterol: 65 mg
- 2 tablespoons light butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 4 (4 ounce) salmon fillets
- 1 bunch asparagus
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, water, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, and paprika.
- Place salmon, skin-side down on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the asparagus around the salmon or on a separate baking sheet. Brush brown sugar mixture over the the salmon and asparagus.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 15-20 minutes.
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