I have to thank my dad for this amazing concoction . . . When growing up, his meals were always called “Daddy’s Surprise” and almost always included potatoes and eggs in some form. However, this recipe contains neither, and far exceeds the typical Daddy’s Surprise in the culinary realm! And I’m pretty sure your kids will go for it cause it is naturally sweetened!
This salmon goes great with a simple slaw. For the kids, I usually make some steamed rice and sautéed broccoli, since they aren’t so happy about the slaw.
I usually use frozen salmon, because that’s just easier to have on hand. You can bake from frozen, but it just takes a bit longer. However, if you plan ahead, you can add the “marinade” in the morning and place in the fridge till it is time to start dinner and it will be thawed and ready to go.
Place the salmon, skin side down in a baking dish. In separate bowl, combine the following. (Note: I usually crush the cashews so they are in smaller pieces.)
For each fillet:
1/2 – 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce (you can also use Liquid Aminos)
1 Tablespoon Honey
2 Tablespoons Cashews (feel free to sub another nut or seed if you can’t have cashews)
Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Then remove foil and spoon sauce over the fish. Then continue cooking for another 6-10 minutes – until flaky and the nuts have a slight browning to them. Set your timer – I got distracted and … well you can see the results. That’s okay, I just picked off the burnt ones and it’s all good!
The sauce will be nice and bubbly when done. And if your family likes sauce, increase the portion by a couple servings. Ours is a little light today because I ran out of soy sauce and went digging in the cabinets and drawers for any packets from my rare California Roll indulgences.
Sometimes the kids don’t go for the nuts, though they like cashews by themselves, so that just means more for Papa and me. They do like the sauce and fish just fine! These would also make some yummy Asian tacos OR flake the fish, and make some cabbage or lettuce wraps!