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RECIPE: Baked Apple-Balsamic Salmon

[1] Spruce up weekday salmon with apples and balsamic (photo © U.S. Apple Association).

[2] Use Granny Smiths or other green apples (photo © Good Eggs).


Looking for a new way to prepare salmon?

In this recipe from the U.S. Apple Association, a bit of apple jelly and balsamic vinegar add fresh flavors.

Serve the salmon with brown rice pilaf or another whole grain, plus green beans or broccoli.

Prep time is 25 minutes. Baking time is 8 to 12 minutes.

Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 4 four-ounce skinless salmon fillets, ¾ to 1 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (normal table salt can be used)
  • ¼ cup apple jelly
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup julienne-cut, unpeeled Granny Smith or other green apple (¼ x 1 ½-inch-long slivers)
  • ¾ cup julienne-cut, unpeeled Fuji or other reddish apple (¼ x 1 ½-inch-long slivers)
  • 1/3 cup very thinly sliced and quartered leek (white and light green portion only)
  • Coarse-ground black pepper
  • 4 twelve-inch-long pieces parchment paper

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 450°F. Fold each piece of parchment crosswise in half. Cut 4 half-heart shapes 7 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the fillets (the folded edges will be the centers of the hearts). Open each paper or foil heart; set aside.

    2. Lightly sprinkle salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place each fillet near the center on one side of each heart.

    3. Heat apple jelly over low heat or in a microwave oven just until melted. Remove from heat; stir in balsamic vinegar. Spoon mixture evenly over fillets. Toss together apples and leek. Place mixture evenly on top of fillets.

    4. Fold opposite side of each heart up and over the fish and apple mixture. Starting at top of heart, fold edges to seal open sides by making small tight folds. Twist tip of hearts to close packets. Place packets on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes until fish flakes easily. (Carefully open packets to check doneness.)

    5. To serve, cut packets open by slashing a large X on the top of each, then fold back paper. Transfer packets to dinner plates and serve with rice. Or, if desired, remove fish with apples from packets and place on top of rice; spoon over juices. Season to taste with additional salt and the pepper.

    Recipe Note: This recipe makes enough balsamic-apple juice for serving over a rice or barley pilaf. If you prefer less juice, decrease the apple jelly to 3 tablespoons and balsamic vinegar to 1 ½ teaspoons.

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