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Shipwreck Salmon with Citrus Glaze

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Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and can be introduced as a regular part of a child's diet very early. I love this recipe because it is mildly sweet and introduces a familiar flavor of orange and lemon which kids generally love. This can be made with a large family-sized fillet (great for company!) or smaller, single sized fillets (which can be split between young children). We recently had a Pirate Party at the Doctor Yum Project kitchen, where we made healthy pirate foods for preschool-aged kids. For reluctant eaters or those new to salmon, introduce salmon with a “Salmon Roll-up.” Shred up some of the fish first. Then spread some cream cheese on a whole wheat flour or corn tortilla, and sprinkle the salmon on top. Roll up the mixture tightly and slice into little bite-sized slices. This worked great at our Pirate party and parents were amazed to see their kids eating fish! Great idea for school lunch.

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
4 salmon fillets, (6 oz. fillet) (or a single large fillet to serve 6-8)
salmon fillets
4
(6 oz. fillet)
or a single large fillet to serve 6-8
½ teaspoon salt
salt
½
teaspoon
1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
lemon rind
1
teaspoon
grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
lemon juice
2
tablespoons
fresh
2 tablespoons honey
honey
2
tablespoons
1 teaspoon chili powder
chili powder
1
teaspoon
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
cumin
1
teaspoon
ground
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
red pepper flakes
¼
teaspoon
crushed
6 ounce can orange juice concentrate, thawed
orange juice concentrate
6 ounce can
thawed
1 orange, thinly sliced
orange
1
thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
lemon
1
thinly sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
parsley
2
tablespoons
chopped

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place fish on a baking sheet skin side down and lightly salt. Mix grated lemon rind, fresh lemon juice, honey, chili powder, ground cumin, red pepper flakes and juice concentrate in a saucepan and before heating, brush the fish with the orange mixture. Place orange and lemon slices on top and bake until flaky (about 15 minutes for small fillets and 20-25 for larger, thicker piece). While the fish is baking, place the saucepan with orange mixture on high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 2 minutes until reduced by almost half. When salmon is done (should be cooked but still moist on the inside), drizzle with this sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.

Babyfood Option:

If there is a family history of food allergies then talk to your child's doctor about when it is safe to start fish. For most babies, however soft flaky fish is a great first food for babies. Mash or cut fish into bite size pieces for new eaters to spoon feed or self-feed. Smoosh or blend into other soft foods for a smoother texture.

Prep time
10 min
Cook time
15 min
Cost per serving:
$4.81
Yields/Serves:
4-8 servings

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “I don’t usually like salmon, but this was REALLY yummy!” —Eliza, age 12
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super duper yum! This salmon is amazing. I love the orange-y taste.” —Zane, age 12
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum. I like the citrus part” —Asa, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “I love salmon!” —Kayla, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Wow it’s cooked so well and the flavors are really nice.” —Daryle, a grownup