For Valentine’s Day, I decided to surprise Mr. Herb with a home-cooked candlelit dinner at home. We actually celebrated a couple of days before Valentine’s Day, because we left immediately after work on February 14th to spend the weekend in Charleston, stopping along the way to visit Mr. Herb’s wonderful sister and brother-in-law!
Anyway, I told Mr. Herb that I had something planned one night, but didn’t reveal what it was. His instructions were to call me as soon as he got off work and I would tell him where to go! My plan was to fix a meal of some of his favorite foods. We both love salmon, but we don’t cook it very often because it’s so much more expensive per pound than our friend, the chicken! So this was a perfect chance to mix things up and cook some salmon!
I also knew that I wanted to make cornbread, even though I ended up cheating due to time constraints and making it from the packet. See, Herb absolutely loves cornbread. As a child, he even asked for cornbread one year for his birthday instead of a cake! Now that’s love!
I guess I’ll be breaking the Southern girl stereotype with this confession: I’ve never made cornbread before. Not even from a packet! I like cornbread okay, but it’s just never something that I would choose over rolls, biscuits, breadsticks, etc. Now that we’re married, I feel like it’s only fair for me to learn to make cornbread since it’s one of Herb’s favorite things! Prepare for future posts on experimenting with cornbread!
But this post isn’t about cornbread. It’s about salmon! And a very sweet and savory salmon at that!
Maple Glazed Salmon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (I didn’t have any, so I used salt + garlic powder)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound salmon (I used 2 salmon filets)
Mix together all ingredients but the salmon in a small bowl.
Place salmon in a shallow baking dish and pour the maple mixture over top. Cover the dish and let salmon marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes, turning once about halfway through.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
I wanted to get a picture of the salmon on a plate with the other yummy surprise dishes, but Herb came home a few minutes earlier than expected! I had literally just taken the salmon out of the oven and snapped a picture when I heard the door!
Anyway, Herb enjoyed our surprise candlelight dinner and really liked the salmon, and of course, the cornbread!
We give this recipe 4/5 herbs! The recipe was simple, and the salmon was full of sweet and savory flavor!