Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.
What’s the easiest way to make some tasty fish and keep all the muss and fuss contained to a single, disposable piece of cookware? It turns out, foil-wrapped salmon can be one of the simplest ways to cook salmon and won’t create and caked-on fish mess to clean up later. Throw in a garlic and brown sugar glaze, and it also has some pretty impressive flavor. Here’s how the Recipe Critic puts together their absolute favorite salmon recipe.
Basically, you make a little boat for the salmon out of the tin foil. But instead of taking it back out to sea, you’re going to sprinkle it with salt and pepper and top it with the sauce. For the sauce, you’ll whisk up olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice, and more salt and pepper. Then you close up the tin foil boat with another piece, sealing it tightly to keep all the best flavors inside, and put the whole thing in the oven.
While the salmon cooks, the garlic will impart its flavor throughout the sauce and the sugar will caramelize up, leading to the deceptively rich flavor of this dish. When the salmon is done — after about 20 minutes — pull that roof off the tin foil boat and make sure to spoon the remaining sauce all over the top of the salmon, then let it set sail under the broiler for about three to five minutes for a final browning. When it’s got that beautiful caramelized look to it, go ahead and pull it out.
Lemon slices and chopped parsley make a great garnish for this, but it’s also a great dish to serve over rice or soft bread, where some of that sticky, incredible liquid will drip down and soak the carb, giving you all the more ways to enjoy it.