Gourmet meal in 30 minutes or less? You got it! Definitely try this super simple Orange Honey Glazed Salmon with Sesame Garlic Bok Choy recipe. Here I served mine with some peas and rice, but you don’t need it if you are paleo or trying to cut down on your starches or grains.
My kids really love this glaze. It’s the perfect mixture of salty, sweet and tangy. I mixed up some gluten free tamari, orange juice, honey and fresh garlic and reduce it over the stove while I prep everything else. Then pour it over the wild caught salmon and throw it in the oven for 10 minutes. Viola! The most delicious salmon ever.
For the bok choy, I cook it over the stove with lots of fresh garlic, a bit of onion, some tamari and sesame oil. You just cover it to steam it for a few minutes, then open it up until it all cooks through and carmelizes. Seriously, you guys, that’s how easy this meal is.
Quick Health Tip
Don’t forget to peel and chop your garlic first. Then leave it out for 10 minutes before throwing it in the skillet to be cooked. Why? This will increase the allicin content of the garlic without destroying it’s medicinal properties. Allicin is the antioxidant responsible for all of garlic’s health benefits. Want to learn a little bit more about this amazing plant and what it can do for your health? Click here.
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Why You Should Purchase Wild Caught Salmon
This one is a bit controversial due to some of the risks of over farming salmon, however, I still choose to purchase only wild caught salmon from clean oceans. Until farmed salmon cleans up their act and starts producing clean healthy uncontaminated fish, I choose wild caught. If you want to take a look at the problems with the farmed fish industry, check out this blog post where I discuss it in a bit more detail.
The Health Benefits of Bok Choy
Bok Choy, sometimes called Chinese cabbage is considered a cruciferous vegetable which is touted for several health benefits.
- High in folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, choline and vitamin K
- Supports glutathione production, the master antioxidant stored in our liver that supports detoxification and fights free radicals.
- Contains sulfer containing phytochemicals called glucosinolates which are protective against cancer, anti-inflammatory, and can help the body with toxin removal
- Unlike most other fruits and vegetables, bok choy is full of selenium which specifically helps with our detoxification pathways and has anti-tumor properties
- Protects against cancer
- Supports bone health
- Supports the immune system
- Supports skin health
- Is heart healthy and can contribute to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
Plus, it grows easily in a garden, tastes delicious and is super fast to cook. Mine took about 10 minutes!
Honey Orange Salmon with Sesame Garlic Bok Choy
For the Salmon
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbs gluten free tamari
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 4-6oz fillets wild caught salmon I use sockeye
For the Bok Choy
- 2 tbs avocado oil
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup onion, minced
- 2 tbs gluten free tamari
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 large bok choy, quartered or 4 baby bok choy, halved
Optional (For Serving)
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 2 cups whole grain like rice or quinoa if eating grains
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Make your glaze. In a small saucepan combine orange juice, honey, tamari, and garlic. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then continue to boil until sauce is reduced by half.
- Prep your salmon. Place your fillets on a parchment lined baking sheet. Pour the sauce evenly over each one, using a spoon to spread it.
- Place in the oven in the center rack and bake for 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Mine took exactly 10 minutes. Your fish is done when it easily flakes with a fork.
- While the salmon is baking, prepare your bok choy. Put oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and sautee until soft. Add garlic and stir and cook until fragrant.
- Then add tamari, sesame oil and bok choy and stir well to coat. Cover with a lid and cook 2-3 minutes. Then remove the lid, give it a good stir and cook about 5 minutes more to really caramelize those flavors. Stir occasionally to keep the onion and garlic from burning.
- Serve salmon with orange slices, bok choy and rice on the side (if using.)
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