Tuesday, February 19, 2013

lavender honey salmon

On one of our very first dates, Miles and I went to dinner and I got the most delicious salmon with a lavender honey glaze. I still think that's one of the best meals I've ever had! (It could also have to do with the truffled popcorn we had for an appetizer, or the chipotle grits that came on the side. The company was pretty good, too. :)) Unfortunately, since the restaurant has a seasonal menu, I was never able to have it again! Sad face.

So when my sweet mother-in-law gave me some Santa Fe lavender, this was the first dish that came to mind. This lavender honey sauce is my new favorite. I think it would also be great with shrimp, chicken, or another kind of fish, but with the flavors of the salmon, it was just perfect. If you've never cooked with lavender, give this a try! It's so, so easy and oh my goodness, it's tasty.

Lavender Honey Salmon
serves 2

you'll need:
2 garlic cloves, chopped or minced (I left some bigger pieces because we like the roasted garlic flavor, but mince it up finely if you prefer!)
2 teaspoons lavender (You can crush it with a spice grinder; I just crushed it a little between my fingers.)
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 (6 to 8 oz.) pieces of salmon

In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except for the salmon. Lay the salmon pieces on top, coating in the sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Place salmon on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Pour remaining sauce over salmon if desired. Place in a cold oven, then turn the heat to 400 degrees F. Exactly 25 minutes later, take the salmon out of the oven - it will be perfect! (I started using this method for salmon after reading about it from The Pioneer Woman, and it really does work so well! However, if your oven is super fast/super slow/super unpredictable, simply bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.)

Serve salmon immediately, and enjoy!


  1. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare salmon-this looks fabulous!

    1. Thanks, Dawn! I'm the same way about salmon. This one turned out great!

  2. I've never had salmon with lavender. It's an interesting combo. I do love salmon with sweet... anything... like brown sugar or miso and mirin. I'll give it a try when I'm having my single-lady-oily-fish night.

    1. I hadn't either until that restaurant, but it's an awesome combo! I agree about salmon with sweet flavors - I looove it with miso too!

  3. Just wanted to say my boyfriend and I make this fairly often, it is by far our favorite most special meal! I tell so many people about it! making it tonight.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know! So glad y'all love it! :)

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