Making dinner after a full day of work and chores can be a challenge. Especially if you’re eating healthy and can’t just call it a day by ordering in fast food (which you shouldn’t do very often!). In such instances, salmon is my go-to item to make. It’s easy, it’s healthy and has a short cooking time! What’s not to love? Let’s prepare the Jack Daniels salmon recipe.
Here’s how you can make it.
Jack Daniel’s Grilled Salmon Recipe
For the salmon
- 4 fillets salmon
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Jack Daniel's sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp Jack Daniels whiskey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 tbsp chopped onion (one small onion)
- 1 tbsp chopped pineapple
- Brush your salmon fillets with olive oil
- Sprinkle them with salt and pepper on both sides
- In a bowl, add the pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, water, Jack Daniels, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, onion, and pineapple
- Mix it all to combine
- Heat a grill pan, coat with some olive oil
- Place your fillets on the pan, skin side down
- Once it has cooked and changed color from translucent (about 5 mins), flip it
- Cook the other side for 2-3minutes until crispy and then flip again
- Now brush the fillets with the prepared sauce and cook for about a minute
- Turn off heat and serve
- Serve the remaining sauce with the final dish
- Eat hot and fresh!
Tips for this recipe
- If you don’t have Jack Daniels, you can replace it with a whiskey of your choice
- You can also bake the salmon. To do that, preheat your oven to 230C. Prepare the sauce and the salmon the same way, just place everything in your baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked
- Make sure the salmon is properly cooked to avoid any health problems
The thing with salmon is, simplicity is key! You need to keep the flavor profile bold, but not complex by overpowering it with spice or sauces. This is why I love this Jack Daniels salmon recipe, using a little touch of Jack Daniels to keep things interesting. It uses a simple marinade, paired with a beautiful glaze that’s to die for.
This salmon is great on its own but if you want, you can turn it into a fancier meal by pairing it with these side dishes:
- A refreshing spinach salad
- Kale salad to load up on those nutrients!
- Quinoa salad, for a more wholesome meal
- Some herbed brown rice
- Or just keep things simple with some flash-fried spinach
What’s The Best Method To Cook Salmon?
Bake It In The Oven
You can either slow-roast it or bake it at the standard time. Slow roasting is done at a lower temperature, for a longer time.
To slow roast, preheat your oven at a low temperature of up to 200F and set your salmon to bake for about 25-30 minutes. This is a good method if you have time, you can simply place your salmon in the oven and let it do its thing. It might yield juicier, more moist salmon. However, you might miss the crispy skin you can get from the grill.
The standard method to bake is to set your oven at a higher temperature and bake for 10-15minutes depending on your recipe. This is a quicker, plus healthier method since you can make do with the minimum amount of oil needed.
Pan-seared Or Grilled
This is how most people prefer to make salmon since it’s the quickest method there is. Simply drizzle some oil onto a pan and grill for about 5-7 minutes on each side and you’re done. The resultant salmon is moist, flavorful, and crispy-skinned.
This one is a more complex method of cooking and requires you to invest in the sous vide equipment. You basically seal the salmon in a sous vide bag and then use your sous vide immersion device to cook the salmon according to the given instructions. This method takes longer than other ways of cooking. And the resultant dish although juicy and moist, it lacks the flavor and flakiness you get from grilled salmon.
And that’s a wrap on salmon cooking methods! Try this recipe in your preferred method of cooking and let us know how it turned out.