Broiled Salmon with Asparagus

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, the smell of broiled salmon, butter and sauteed asparagus wafted throughout the house. Mmmmm….

I wanted to post this a while back, before my dad was diagnosed with acute leukemia.  But, of course, life intervened. When he’s better, I can’t wait to make it again sometime for him to try.

This recipe involves sauteeing a few veggies and then adding them to the pan before broiling.  It’s a little extra work, but the end results are amazing. And, if you have help, maybe a friend or your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend, you can make it a fun date night!  My boyfriend help me with this one and he was the best veggie chopper.  He insists on handling the veggies.  Hey, not gonna complain there!

Veggies and Salmon

Mmm…. asparagus. I love the color of asparagus as it’s cooking. It goes from a pale forest green to a brighter, livelier green.  Asparagus goes so well with fish, especially salmon.  The veggie really complements it.

Asparagus and Veggies

At first, I wanted to call this dish “Impress the In-Laws”, because it’s savory and sophisticated. It’s the kind of dish you would order at a really nice restaurant and looks like it took hours to cook.  And it only takes 15 minutes to prepare (with a little time to broil).

Broiled Salmon with Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium salmon filets (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 handful fresh asparagus stalks
  • 1 Medium tomato
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ((or vegetable oil))
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered tarragon spice ((optional: I had this in my kitchen so I thought I would try it out and ended up liking it))

Directions

Preheat oven by setting it to broil at 350 degrees.
In a square or rectangular pan add 1 tablespoon of oil. This is to prevent salmon from sticking. I use olive oil because I love it.
Chop up garlic and green onion into small slices.
In a small frying pan, sautee onion and garlic until a light brown and a little crispy.
Add salmon to pan and sprinkle sauteed veggies over the top and around salmon. Sprinkle a little olive oil over it.
Place pan in middle of center rack in the oven. Broil for 10 - 15 minutes or until a fork place in salmon shows it is flaky and soft (when it's hard, it's overdone).
Take pan out of oven and let cool. Enjoy!