Salmon with Sriracha and Lime Sauce

I LOVE salmon because it is so healthy (Omega-3s!) and it only takes 20 minutes to bake, making it a great option for busy weeknight meals. When I’m really in a time crunch, I season it with my go-to creole seasoning and throw it in the oven. We love it that way, but I also love experimenting with new ways to make it. In this version, the salmon is topped with a flavorful mixture of lime juice, lime zest, sriracha sauce, and maple syrup before baking–no marinating required! Then, after baking, the salmon gets sprinkled with a bit of fresh cilantro on top. The cilantro adds a bright pop of flavor and color! Did I mention this is all happening on top of a parchment-lined baking sheet, which results in virtually no clean up? Just throw the parchment paper away and you’re done! I told you, this one’s perfect for a weeknight meal.

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The really neat thing about this recipe is the fusion between Asian and Latin flavors due to the combination of sriracha with lime and cilantro. This recipe was my first go at using sriracha. I know, I know…I’m a bit late to join the sriracha club. I was hesitant to use it because I was afraid it would be way too spicy, and sometimes I’m a wimp in the heat department. Although sriracha is very spicy by itself, when mixed with other ingredients (in this case the lime juice and maple syrup), it is definitely not too spicy. Bonus? There are only 5 calories in a teaspoon, but it packs a flavorful punch, making it a valuable ingredient. This salmon can be served along either an Asian flavored side dish or a Latin one! Even a salad would be perfect.

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This is a unique but simple way to completely change the way you cook salmon. Let me know what you think!

Salmon with Sriracha and Lime Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt
  • 1 1/4 lbs pounds salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro

1). Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon on parchment paper.

2). In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice/zest, maple syrup, sriracha, and salt. Pour over salmon.

3). Bake for 20 minutes, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Servings: 4 Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 219 Carbs: 4g Fat: 9g Fiber: 0g Protein: 28g WW Points+: 5

Recipe adapted from: http://www.self.com/fooddiet/recipes/2013/04/salmon-sriracha-sauce-lime 

 

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