Even though I love to cook, bake and entertain, I have tons of lazy girl tendencies. Take for instance my hair. I am the queen of the bun cuz I’d rather not deal with my crazy and unruly curls. And as far as leg shaving is concerned, all I have to say is thank goodness it’s not summer in NYC all year ’round. (sorry…that may have been a ‘lil TMI…hehe).
Bringing it back to food, the ultimate lazy girl in me comes out when trying to figure out what to prepare for weeknight dinners. After long stressful days at work, the last thing I want to do is cook when I get home. And when entertaining guests, it’s always hard to find the balance of making a memorable meal that you will be able to enjoy with them (as opposed to slaving away in the kitchen).
Enter this salmon.
First off, I have to give credit to my husband’s salmon-lovin relatives in British Columbia, Canada for this recipe. A big shout out to Big Lez and Abs When they were preparing to get married a few years ago, Leslie’s parents hosted a wonderful and casual rehearsal dinner where they grilled a bunch of mouth watering salmon fillets. One of them was a variation of this recipe and I was smitten.
The secret ingredient here is tamari, a type of soy sauce that is made with more soybeans than ordinary soy giving it a richer, smoother and more complex taste. With tamari in hand, making this salmon could not be simpler.
After rinsing off your salmon fillet, place it in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil that has been lightly greased with cooking spray. (The foil may not be good for the environment but when you’re done, there will be one less dish to wash.)
Then spread a very thin layer of mayonnaise on the fillet. Even if you don’t like mayo (like me) do it anyway. I promise it’s going to be good.
Then pour enough tamari over the salmon to form a little puddle around it. (I know, not very scientific but remember, this is a lazy girl recipe.) Sprinkle the top with freshly ground black pepper. (No salt needed)
Then bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, baste and bake for another 10 minutes. The tamari around the salmon will have thickened into a syrup.
When done, serve with a mixed green salad and your lazy girl dinner is ready.