Firecracker Salmon – FAIL

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 26, 2010

Operator fail.

Chef fail.

I shall explain! This is the other salmon that I bought when on sale for $2.99/lb.  I immediately added the marinade, wrapped it up in foil, put it into a plastic freezer baggie and froze it.

Operator fail. I forgot to mark which side of the salmon was “up” before freezing it.

Chef fail. I forgot to put the foil on a cookie sheet when I put it into the oven. And I forgot to look to see which side was “up”…oh wait, I wouldn’t have been able to tell…because of my operator FAIL!  Needless to say, the juices immediately spilled all over the oven floor.  So I rectified by placing the foil salmon pack on a cookie sheet…only to have all the juices spill out on to the cookie sheet.  The juices burned. The house smelled bad. But…

The salmon tasted fine.  But I think it would have tasted great, had not all the juices and marinades seeped out…as I baked it upside down.

Ugh.

Live and learn!

Adapted from this recipe on Recipezaar…featured on the OAMM March Menu.

Ingredients
1.2 lb salmon fillet ($3.65)

Marinade:
1/2 cup olive oil ($.50)
1/4 cup soy sauce ($.20)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar ($.20)
1 Tbsp brown sugar ($.05)
2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.05)
2 tsp red pepper flakes ($.10)
Salt and pepper

1/2 cup wild rice mix + 1/2 cup brown rice ($.40) Trying to use up what’s in the pantry!
1 12 oz. bag of frozen peas ($.50) Sale plus coupon

Directions
1. Place salmon fillet onto foil.
2. Whisk marinade in small bowl. Pour over salmon. Wrap foil around the salmon. Freeze or bake.
(Bake at 350 for an hour from frozen or 20 minutes from fresh.)
3. Cook rice and peas as directed on package instructions.
4. Serve Firecracker Salmon with Rice and Peas.

Cost $5.65

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy B January 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

i can figure it out on my own, but just wanted to let you know that the directions are missing from your post..sorry you had a fail on this one, its sounds delish!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm

@Amy B,

Thanks! I know I wrote directions, but must have forgotten to update it before it published! Updated now :)

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Sherri @ Luv a Bargain January 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Well, now matter what….it looks and sounds so tasty! Live and learn, you’re so right:)

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Jenny January 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I find it encouraging that somebody else does this too. At least yours tasted good!

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Yasmin January 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I noticed you said you wrapped it in foil before freezing. That’s not good for salmon since salmon tends to take on the taste of what’s around it. Next time, wrap it in freezer paper or wax paper before placing it in a freezer bag or just skip the paper altogether. Also never place salmon on a cookie sheet! Buy a piece of cedar plank (about $2 and it’s reusable) to bake it on.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 26, 2010 at 9:54 pm

@Yasmin,

Thanks for the tip…did not know that!

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justaflipflopmom January 27, 2010 at 5:45 am

Even the best of the best make mistakes…glad it at least came out “fine”…Ü

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Nicole Rod January 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you – I made it on Monday night for our family and a family in our neighborhood and it was delish! Definitely try it again! (And I did just put mine on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam. It was fine!)

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Grammy Blick January 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

Thanks for the recipe and tips. And thanks to Yasmin — the cedar sounds flavorful, too.

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jan January 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

I have that salmon in my freezer for that recipe and have not used it. I used fresh salmon for it last Fall. Maybe I should have a backup entree or have extra side dishes in case of trouble? (I can buy off almost everyone with dessert) Thanks for the heads-up.
(BTW, salmon was free)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

@jan,

It tasted fine…I just know it would have tasted better if all the marinade juices hadn’t spilled out!

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Kandi January 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm

heck, you can cook fish, fail or not. I’m impressed. I can’t cook it at all. It never comes out right. Cooking lessons for fish are in my future! It looks really good though.

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