Our family gets a little excited when I cook salmon, and with good reason, salmon has considerable nutritional goodness, and we got to give it up those Omega-3s y’all! So, if you’re looking for a way to flip the script and up your salmon game, then our Honey Pineapple Salmon is everything!
Honey Pineapple Salmon
You know how it is, the monotony of preparing and cooking some of your favorite foods gets tired, and you need to add a little something-something to reignite the foodie love affair. That’s exactly how I was feeling when The Mrs. brought home our last slab of salmon.
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To be honest, I had mango in mind for this recipe, but since we had a pineapple sitting near our fruit bowl that needed to get used, I grabbed it instead. If you don’t have a fresh pineapple staring at you, don’t worry, grab that can of pineapple chunks sitting in your cupboard.
Here is a pretty straight forward recipe to pull together, just grab a bowl and combine the coconut oil, sesame oil, garlic, honey, light brown sugar, and other ingredients and mix it all together. Let the salmon marinate in the fridge for half an hour (30 minutes) to let the flavors come together.
I cut my 3-pound salmon in half and placed the two pieces on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper, but use aluminum foil if you have it. I was fresh out of aluminum foil and would have preferred using foil instead but I had to do what I had to do!
What You Will Need To Make Our Honey Pineapple Salmon:
Salmon. For this recipe, I used a three-pound slab of salmon, but feel free to use salmon filets as well.
Pineapple. Using pineapple gives this recipe a touch of sweetness, and that’s not a bad thing at all!
Honey. The natural sweetness of honey pairs well with the pineapple and helps make this salmon recipe shine.
Light Brown Sugar. The addition of light brown sugar adds sweetness, but it also helps in the caramelization process, because how a dish looks is just as important as how it tastes.
Coconut Oil & Sesame Oil. Warm up the coconut oil and add it to the sesame oil, the use of both oils adds a nutty flavor to the mixture and provides a nuanced Asian element to the overall flavor.
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice. Adding a bit of fresh lemon juice brightens up the marinade and imparts the freshness of citrus to the salmon if you don’t have lemons use a bit of orange or lime juice.
Garlic. The unique flavor of garlic adds a natural savoriness that never gets old. And if garlic isn’t your jam try shallots or a bit of green onion.
Fresh Mint. Mint adds a subtle vibrancy that does good things all over this beautiful collection of ingredients. If you don’t have fresh mint, toss in fresh basil or thyme, they’re not mint, but they’ll do in a pinch.
Cracked Black Peppercorns. There’s nothing like freshly cracked black peppercorns, but if you only have ground black pepper or ground white pepper use it and forget about it.
Sea Salt, Kosher Salt, or Flaky Sea Salt: You guys know how much I love flaky sea salt, but use sea salt or Kosher salt and let the salt do what it do.
Everything comes together to elevate salmon to a place you’ll want to revisit again and again.
You Will Love Our Salmon Recipe Because It’s:
Honey Pineapple Salmon
- 1 half slab of salmon
- 1 cup pineapple diced
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 2 fresh mint leaves
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Remove salmon from packaging and rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels, cut the salmon into two pieces.
- Take a length of aluminum foil or parchment paper and cover the bottom of a large sheet pan.
- Into a bowl, make the marinade by adding the pineapple, coconut oil, sesame oil, lemon juice, honey, light brown sugar, garlic cloves, chopped mint, and salt. Mix well.
- Using a spoon, spread the marinade over the top of the salmon and making sure it gets onto the entire surface of the salmon. Allow the fish to marinate for thirty (30) minutes in the fridge.
- Place the sheet pan with the salmon into the oven on the center rack, and bake for forty (40) minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 145 ° F.
- Remove the salmon from the oven and allow it to rest for ten (10) minutes.
Now that you have the recipe, there’s only one thing to do with it, and when you make it for your family, come back and let us know how it went. And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line. Because we’re here for you! Promise.