Salmon bites brushed with dark maple syrup.
Most people will agree that salmon is great - in taste and nutritional properties. While salmon fat (and fish fat in general) is what we'd call a good fat, sometimes salmon is just heavy - home and in restaurants.
This being said, for this recipe I wanted something else - something interesting, caramelized, crunchy and easy to eat - almost like a snack. I generally love foods that are bite size - since you can freely eat as much or as little as you want and you can stop exactly when you want to. How did I accomplish this?
First: the fish. To keep with the tradition, we bought Atlantic salmon - just like in Gaspésie.
Next up: I filled the fish. I like crunchy salmon skin, yet this one had scales and I'm not the best at cleaning it without getting scales all over my kitchen. I used a fillet knife and held the skin with a paper towel so that is doesn't slip in the process.
I then cut the salmon into 2 cm x 2 cm cubes (almost 1 inch x 1 inch), sprinkled it with a touch of oil and a touch of salt and placed it on an oiled broiler pan. I used this pan so that extra fat drips onto the bottom layer of the pan - for a lighter tasting salmon.
I baked it initially for 15 minutes, took it out, carefully dislodged it from the pan, brushed it with dark maple syrup and then broiled it so an extra 5 minutes - so that the maple syrup caramelizes. And that was it. That simple!
Serve it with a salad and plain rice to make a complete meal.
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