Balsamic Roasted Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

Balsamic Roasted Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

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I hope you have all had a glorious weekend! I am finally finishing up being lazy. I kind of gave myself this last week to “get back on track” / deal with my jet lag / kind of drag a little, but now I am really ready to get back to my life. (unfortunately, vacation does not last forever…)

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

In fact, I am posting this on a Sunday morning instead of afternoon because as my first act of getting myself back in the saddle, I have a book signing today! If you are in the greater Seattle area, I will be signing books from 12-2 at the Kirkland Metropolitan Market this afternoon! Plus, I think they whipped up a bunch of delicious treats from Generous Table fro you guys to sample, which is always nice!

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

Other than that- this has been a quiet weekend. It involved shutteling kids to birthday parties and getting my roots colored. Exciting stuff, no?? Also: Still living at my parents. (they are saints.) So I am feeling like I should really be cooking a lot- I mean, it is the least I can do! This is a dish I made this past week for dinner, and I am serious- it was totally incredible.. It looks really simple (and it is!) but the flavors from those fresh cherries and the gorgeous salmon we used (copper river) were AMAZING. Plus, I am so annoyed that I didn’t cut into the salmon so that you could see the color on the inside- which was basically bright red and totally gorgeous.

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

So besides the fact that I have a book signing this afternoon, I am also posting this this morning because this is kind of the perfect thing to make for Sunday dinner (or if you read this Monday, then this is an over-achiever Monday night dinner!) But Either way delicious and beautiful and very simple. I would serve this with a nice green salad and maybe some Saffron Rice or Couscous this or this pasta. Perfect dinner….

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

To make this Balsamic Roasted Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries, this is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the cherries from their pits and set them aside.

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

Put a sheet of tin foil on a sheet pan. Place your side of salmon on the foil. Drizzle with the olive oil and the balsamic and sprinkle generously with salt.

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and place the salmon in the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon and then remove and let sit a minute before serving. (if you are going to transfer to a serving platter, it is fairly easy to move the whole side of salmon as one piece if you use two large spatulas.

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

While the Salmon is roasting, make the honey glazed cherries.

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

In a medium pan, combine the olive oil and the honey. Bring them to a simmer and then add the cherries. Let them simmer for a few minutes and then add the balsamic. Simmer for a minute longer and then turn the heat off (you don’t want the cherries to start to fall apart). Season lightly to taste with kosher salt and then serve the cherries over the top of the salmon.

Roasted Balsamic Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

 

Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Salmon with Honey Glazed Cherries

Ingredients

  • 1 side of Salmon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups cherries
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the cherries from their pits and set them aside.
  3. Put a sheet of tin foil on a sheet pan. Place your side of salmon on the foil. Drizzle with the olive oil and the balsamic and sprinkle generously with salt.
  4. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and place the salmon in the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon and then remove and let sit a minute before serving. (if you are going to transfer to a serving platter, it is fairly easy to move the whole side of salmon as one piece if you use two large spatulas.
  5. While the Salmon is roasting, make the honey glazed cherries.
  6. In a medium pan, combine the olive oil and the honey. Bring them to a simmer and then add the cherries. Let them simmer for a few minutes and then add the balsamic. Simmer for a minute longer and then turn the heat off (you don’t want the cherries to start to fall apart). Season lightly to taste with kosher salt and then serve the cherries over the top of the salm

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

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22 Comments

  1. Tieghan says:

    This looks SO GOOD. I love these cherries over top! Headed to Seattle on Tuesday for a super quick one day trip. Any good place to walk around? I don’t have a lot of time, but I have to hit public market!

  2. Heather, I love balsamic vinegar with salmon! Low key weekends are my favorite :)

  3. This is great. I catch tons of Salmon on Lake Ontario come August and now I have a new recipe. Does that seem to get the strong”fishy” taste out of the fish? Looks great!

    • Hey Tom- if it is fresh salmon you should not have a strong fish taste at all- I found the salmon with all these accoutrements to be really sweet!

  4. What a delicioous looking dish! I enjoy savoury dishes that have fruit. Yum! I sometimes feel like I need a vacation after my vacations :)

  5. love new ways to cook salmon!! those cherries on top with that balsamic just sounds divine!!

  6. marla says:

    The cherries are genius!!

  7. Vicki B says:

    I bet your parents are loving having you all home with them! There’s nothing like having the commotion and chaos of grandchildren and pets underfoot, while enjoying having one’s grown child back home for a bit. Especially in this day and age when generations are scattered hither and yon. I bought a bag of plump cherries for le gout. Too much wheat and whammy! Even with this drought in California, or maybe because of it, they are incredible this year.

  8. naomi says:

    I love the cherries with this! Aside from it probably tasting fantastic, the color burst is awesome!

  9. Maria says:

    Love the honey glazed cherries!

  10. Love the cherry and balsamic combo here!

  11. Suzanne says:

    My family loves salmon and I am always looking for new recipes. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

  12. Todd says:

    Best salmon I’ve seen in a while, Heather. Honestly, I think I could eat that whole entire thing. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but my wife doesn’t eat seafood, so I hardly ever cook fish at home. Unless, of course, I come across something special. THIS is special. Plus, salmon is my fave..

    • Thanks so much Todd! This is seriously so good, your wife MIGHT be willing to take a bite! I even got my kids to try it and they both liked it enough to eat a small piece- a first!!

      • Todd says:

        Thanks Heather! I’ll give it a go. I got her to try a piece of salmon once before when we were on vacation in Vancouver. However, there may have been some wine and/or cocktails involved..

  13. pete says:

    this was really fucking amazing.

  14. We have been eating salmon non-stop this summer (which is great) but I’ve been running out of ideas (not so great). Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. This sounds so delightful, Heather!

  16. Lisa McGrath says:

    Cherry season is over in the east, but I really want to make this this weekend with friends. Think I could get away with frozen cherries?

    • Sure Lisa! They will just be more saucy, but that won’t be a bad thing!