I think Rafe's mom enjoys being my dinner muse. She has inspired many a meal on this blog....and she shows no signs of stopping yet.
While visiting Rafe's sister Aliza in Seattle, she alerted us to a birthday gift that she had shipped from Washington state (Rafe's birthday was last Saturday). She had it sent overnight, which made me think it might be food.
When the Pike's Place Market box showed up at our doorstep, my hunch was confirmed: she sent us the biggest piece of Alaskan salmon she could get her hands on: beautiful, fresh, and more perfect than any fish I've seen in the market in recent memory.
I knew I didn't want to season this fish in any way that would compromise its natural flavor or texture. A simple preparation was preferred so we would be able to enjoy the fruits of the Pacific (and Lee's generosity) to their fullest.
Since the fillet was so huge, I cut it into two pieces, and froze one for later. Rafe and I were decided that we wanted to bake the fish with a really simple sauce. In a small ramekin I mixed together a little whole-grain mustard, some maple syrup, grapeseed oil, and a little grated garlic.
I seasoned the fish lightly with a little salt and pepper and basted the fish with the sauce. When it was nearly cooked through I added another coat of sauce and put the salmon under the broiler for just a few minutes to caramelize the sugars in the maple syrup.
I served the fish with broccoli and couscous - and it was easily one of the best pieces of salmon I've ever had. I can't wait for the other piece!!