Salmon says

by Khushboo on December 17, 2011

After ages I watched two of my all-time favorite movies this week: Home Alone 1 & 2 and both were just as amazing as I remember! Speaking of favorite movies, anyone remember the movie Clueless with Alicia Silverstone? I must have watched it over 20 times and can probably still recite the dialogue:

“You’re just a virgin who can’t drive”

There was one scene where Cher tries to cook for her ‘crush’ Christian and ends up burning the chicken:

“Oh honey, you baked”

Someone should’ve advised homegirl to cook up salmon instead.  It sounds a heck of a lot fancier than chicken yet requires minimal prep work.  After eating salmon for dinner this past week, I’m convinced it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser…so convinced that if I had to choose a last meal on earth, salmon and sweet potatoes would probably be it:

Classic combination

I’d like to think that after 8 years of living in London, the adoration for ‘fish & chips’ rubbed off on me…just not in the traditional sense ;)!

The only advice I would give to Cher or anyone else cooking salmon at home is to bake it in foil.  It’s hassle-free and eliminates the risk of the fish releasing a stench.   Although I normally find salmon flavorful enough to bake au naturel, here’s the marinade I used for dinner this week…and one I will use in many future salmon meals to come, including my last 😉

Soy-maple marinade: (for one salmon fillet)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  1. Mix the above ingredients in a bowl
  2. Place salmon in a Ziploc, add in the above ingredients and shake it together.
  3. Leave the salmon to sit for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  4. Wrap the salmon in tin foil and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until it flakes easily

**Tip: If for any reason there is a lingering smell when you cook salmon at home, light a candle.**

What’s your ‘cheat’ meal: i.e. tastes good/looks fancy yet is simple to cook?

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra December 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Salmon is the best! I always light a candle after I bake it too heehee 😉


Khushboo Thadani December 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

A little tip my momma taught me 🙂


onehealthymunchkin December 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

YES! I love Clueless! Dionne: “Hello, that was a stop sign.” Cher: “I totally paused!” Hahaha. 😀

Salmon is my cheat meal too! I always make it when I have someone over for dinner because it’s just so easy and delicious.


Khushboo Thadani December 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Haha I love that you know some of the Clueless lines…I can seriously picture that whole scene!


Kiran @ December 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Holy yum! I love salmon and I like the ingredients you’ve used. It compliments salmon to the tee 🙂


Khushboo Thadani December 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Love how buttery salmon tastes..even better when avocado is involved!


Tracy's Treats December 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I agree with you. Salmon is my favorite fish and it is so easy to bake! Just pop it right in by itself or use your sauce of choice! I really like that marinade you posted! I’ll have to try it soon!


Khushboo Thadani December 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Let me know if you do, I really enjoyed it!


Ameena December 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

How funny…I too love the combination of salmon and sweet potatoes…it is absolutely divine!

Have a wonderful Sunday my friend!


Nada (One Arab Vegan) December 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Clueless is definitely one of my all time favourite movies – you’ve inspired me to re-watch soon! My cheat meal would have to any variation of a warm quinoa salad. So quick and easy to make but delicious.


Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Quinoa is right up there with salmon: most people enjoy yet have no idea what to do with it!


Simply Life December 19, 2011 at 1:56 am

ha, love this post- those definitely are two great movies that will never get old!


Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm



Tara December 19, 2011 at 5:00 am

I thought she was baking a roll of cookie dough? Hahah my mistake, I guess that looks the same as raw chicken! I actually watched this recently while I was working out. I could’ve stayed on the elliptical for the whole movie, but I rushed home to watch the end instead 🙂 I’ve actually never tried salmon before! It’s been on my list though – there are so many health benefits!


Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Oh you must try salmon’ll wonder why you waited so long!


Alyse December 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

Ha! My favorite line from Clueless: “He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?”

Agreed, too: Cher should have gone for salmon. Though eating delicious food wasn’t really on her agenda for that night 😉


Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Hahah true story- love this comment!

Reply December 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

I LOVE CLUELESS…..I watched it the other day at the gym ha. Now I am craving salmon big time!


Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Man my gym needs to step up the game…we get such crap channels!


jojo December 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

maple syrup with soy sauce.. yumm..
I’m a big fish lover too! Salmon is great because it comes out so moist because of all the good fats in it 😀


Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Yes! It tastes so buttery and delicious!


Maneka Chotirmall December 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

The salmon looks incredible-I normally just sprinkle some dil and lemon when I cook salmon but will try your recipe soon! My cheat meal is boiled beans, grilled fish topped with goats cheese! Very easy to make and looks super fancy to when plated! 🙂


Khushboo Thadani December 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

All about the presentation fo sho 😀


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