Easy Pomegranate Roasted Salmon
Breaking News: Simple seared salmon gets dressed up with the most addictive glaze of pomegranate molasses! – Must Try!!
Juicy salmon, with a crisp seared skin, shimmering with a thick, sweet, and tangy pomegranate molasses glaze. I always feel rich looking at those little jewels of pomegranate seeds. (They’re called arils, but I feel too pretentious saying that word out loud.)
This recipe looks and tastes delicious and luxurious but is easy to make – perfect for entertaining any night, or on a special occasion!
Share this with your friends! This dish is highly worthy of entertaining. Not that you should wait for a night you’re entertaining others to serve it, though. You are definitely worth making this for – all on your own.
So why did I use pomegranate molasses, and what is it?
What is pomegranate molasses?
Pomegranate molasses is a thick, syrupy condiment used in Middle Eastern cooking. It couldn’t be more simple to make if you want to try it. You just need 3 things:
– Pomegranate juice
– Coconut Sugar
– Lemon juice
Mix together, cooking on low heat. You need to reduce, and you’ll have a small jar of the most delicious and addictive syrup you can imagine! Sweet, little sour, and tangy all at once.
Of course, you can also pick up a bottle on Amazon. Even easier.
Knowing that not everyone wants to make their own pomegranate molasses, or buy a bottle of it for just one recipe, I’ve decided to experiment as I always do. I’ve tried to make it with just pomegranate juice, reduced a little. Well, I’ll spare you the details! It was a total fail. And a sad waste of ingredients!
So please take my word and use pomegranate molasses because it is the key ingredient here. The thick consistency is perfect for coating the salmon, staying put while it roasts, and locking in incredible flavor.
This recipe is fabulous for entertaining during the late fall and winter when pomegranates are in season and very easy to find at the grocery store. And they are just so beautiful!
To make it even more fabulous, this tempting fruit is packed with nutrients and is great for hormone balancing! It is full of antioxidants from polyphenols. Pomegranate seeds and juice contain higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices. They contain three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea – yes, you heard it right! So no more excuses! They are also great for hormonal balance because of the Ellagic acid. Ellagic Acid inhibits aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen. Aromatase plays a crucial role in breast carcinogenesis; therefore, the growth of breast cancer is inhibited.
The antioxidants in pomegranate juice can also help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation.
Salmon has impressive health benefits. Salmon is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B, and selenium. It is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are considered “essential,” meaning you must get them from your diet since your body can’t create them. EPA and DHA have been credited with several health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cancer and decreasing inflammation.
- 1 lbs wild-caught salmon
- 1 pomegranate
- 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to tastes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush a small rimmed baking pan with olive oil. Place salmon, skin side down, in the center of the pan.
- In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Pour the mixture evenly over the salmon. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.
- Evenly spoon over pomegranate molasses.
- Transfer to oven and bake for 8 minutes.
- Set broiler to HIGH and broil salmon 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Serve immediately.
- Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.