Make Ahead Salmon in Bourbon and Brown Sugar Marinade Recipe
Make Ahead Salmon with Bourbon Marinade
You've read the accolades that salmon receives - it contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, it's low in saturated fat, it's a great source of protein. But, what if you just don't like the taste of salmon? Try this recipe that was a favorite at our meal assembly kitchen. The marinade easily seeps into the fish and gives it a deep flavor with just the right amount of sweetness and kick.
But, you don't drink bourbon and don't want to buy a big bottle of liquor! The great thing about this recipe is it just takes a little bourbon. Buy a tiny (50 ML) bottle at a liquor store for less than $2. This small bottle will have 10 teaspoons--which makes a lot of marinade.
This recipe is designed so you can prepare just one meal or assemble multiple packages to freeze. The ingredients are listed in bold print.
To get started just determine how many portions you would like to assemble per bag, gather the ingredients you will need including ziplock bags and then start a mini-assembly process. It's easy and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that another great dinner is in the freezer if you assemble more than one.
Note: A cylinder is used to steady the bag as ingredients are added. A bowl works just as well.
1. Place an empty ziplock bag in a cylinder(s). Add the following ingredients to the empty ziplock bag(s):
Each Bag (1-3 Servings) Each Bag (4-6 Servings)
Brown Sugar 2 Tablespoons 1/4 cup
Soy Sauce 2 Tablespoons 1/4 cup
Pineapple juice 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Bourbon 1 teaspoon 2 teaspoons
Pepper 1/4 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic Powder Dash 1/4 teaspoon
Canola Oil 2 Tablespoons 1/4 cup
2. Seal ziplock bag(s) and gently massage to combine ingredients or gently stir with a spoon.
3. Lift the desired number of salmon fillets into the ziplock bag(s) with the marinade. Seal tightly, removing excess air, and gently turn to coat.
4. Place the ziplock bag with the salmon fillets (4-6 ounce each) inside another ziplock bag for extra protection.
5. Label with cooking instructions.
6. You're finished!
OTHER TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
For best quality, store for less than 2 months in freezer. Longer storage does not pose a safety issue, but may reduce the quality.
This marinade is also great with chicken.
Flake fish over salad greens for a tasty lunch.
Print and Cut Cooking Instructions
Salmon with a Bourbon Marinade
Instructions: Thaw fish in refrigerator for 24-36 hours. Turn fish in bag to ensure that marinade is distributed evenly over fish. Remove fish from bag and reserve marinade. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for approx. 10-15 minutes. (10 minutes per inch of thickness.) Fish is done when flesh is opaque and separates easily with fork. Bring reserved marinade to a full boil. Internal temperature should register 145F.
Serving Suggestions: Spoon boiled marinade sauce over fish and serve with couscous or rice and fresh asparagus.