Whenever my mom goes out to eat, there's a 90 percent chance she'll order salmon. She just can't resist; it's familiar and mild, and chefs get bored with it so they're usually doing something interesting or fun. I almost always make some salmon for my mom when we're around each other. This time I tracked down a sweet that made my mom happy and was kid-pleasing, too. (I also made the spinach, throwing a crushed garlic clove in with the oil.)
It's a 2-step process, but it's worth it:
First I mixed up the marinade: 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon thyme. I put the fish in a baking pan, then poured the marinade over it. The recipe called for 30 minutes to marinade, but I only did it for 15, while the oven preheated to 400 degrees.
While that marinated, I washed the spinach and mixed the rub: 1 tablespoon each brown sugar and smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (I forgot the cinnamon and it was good; I'd skip it again).
I lined a baking sheet with foil, then drained the fish and put it on the foil. I mixed the rub together and rubbed it on top of the fish, then baked for 15 minutes, until the fish was flaking and cooked through. Served with the spinach.
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