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Spicy Salmon with Caramelized Onions

By Raquel Teixeira
Posted Mar 31, 2012 in Food
All I had to say was caramelized onions, didn't I? I know, I know, they require constant attention and the virtue I lack most: patience, but that sweet sweet onion just makes it all worthwhile in the end. Having said that, I never in my life would imagine putting it on top of salmon. However, I am trying to eat more fish and always looking to try something I am trying to get through a 10lb bag of onions that was bought without any practical planning of how we would use all of them before going, it is just the frugal nature that is my family. :)
To my surprise the combination of caramelized onions with the salmon was AMAZING. Let's just be honest, caramelized onions can make anything better. Kinda like bacon and gorgonzola. Which by the way I have all three ingredients in the house as we speak. Maybe I will get a little crazy and indulgent tonight. ;)
I didn't change the recipe from the original except for...wait for it....wait for it.... I may have doubled the amount of garlic. Stop judging me.
It is a spicy salmon dish, but so lovely accented by the sweetness of the onions. Just lessen the cayenne if you're sensitive to heat instead of just not trying this recipe. Me on the other hand, I prefer to be sweating when I eat my food. :D
Okay kids, rant over. Recipe begin.
Spicy Salmon with Caramelized Onions - serves 2
2 (approx 5-6 ounce) salmon fillets
1 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Caramelized Onions:
2 small yellow onions
approx 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, but eye it as you go.
(I actually measured the spices this time as I did it. I was trying to be good at following a recipe rather than living life on a whim and throwing it all in haphazardly....don't worry, this phase won't last long and I will start making up measurements for you guys in the near future.)
Mix all spices, mustard and olive oil together and brush it onto the salmon. Let it sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Bake on the middle rack for 12-15 minutes, until the salmon flakes.
Spicy Salmon awaiting to become spectacular with the addition of caramelized onions.
Spicy Salmon awaiting to become spectacular with the addition of caramelized onions.
***While that is cooking, heat a medium skillet to medium-low heat. Add a bit of oil and the onions. Add the sugar and stir ....constantly...this dish requires patience which is usually why I ask my mom to do it. I lack patience. Once they are softened and brown, remove from heat (approx 15 mins).
Serve with caramelized onions on top.
Spicy Salmon with Caramelized onions aka perfection.
Spicy Salmon with Caramelized onions aka perfection.
MmMmmMMMmmmm....spicy....sweet...tangy...what else is there?

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