Strawberry-Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Today is a special occasion for me, definitely worth celebrating ………… but a bit sad at the same time …………
……………. you see, it’s our thirty-sixth wedding anniversary – I’ve been blessed to be married to an unbelievably amazing man for all these years; he’s kind, thoughtful, encouraging, funny, creative and very handsome! If you’re a regular reader, you also know Scott’s a fantastic photographer. And to top all that, he’s not only put up with me for all this time, but has been the best friend this old girl could have ever dreamed of being blessed with! Thank you Lord!


The sad part is that, for the first time ever, we’re apart on our anniversary. …………… over three thousand miles of Atlantic ocean apart! I’m visiting my daughter and her family in London and the best timing for my trip just happened to fall on the weeks around our anniversary.

We’ll celebrate, for sure, when I get home. Along with a getaway weekend in the mountains, I’m going to make him a delicious dinner. I created this Strawberry-Balsamic Glazed Salmon in honor of our anniversary and tested it out a few days ago on my daughter, son-in-law and the girlies. They all loved it, even little Lilly literally gobbled it up. And while it’s perfect for a special occasion, it’s simple enough for a weeknight family meal. The sauce comes together quickly and the salmon itself takes less that ten minutes to pan-sear on the stovetop. I’ll be making this again for Scott next week, setting the table with my best dishes, candles, flowers, our favorite violin music floating through the air ………

I had fun with the salsa. I shared last week that I had gone a bit crazy at the local market and I used some the delicious produce for my salsa; sweet strawberries, crisp, crunchy, fresh fennel and juicy, ripe apricots, all diced and combined with honey, lime juice and fresh herbs. The salsa would be great with chips or quesadillas, but it was the absolute perfect compliment to delicious strawberry-glazed salmon. You could substitute peaches for the apricots, add jicama instead of fennel, but do give this salsa a try. With or without the salmon, I think it just might make a ordinary day feel like a very special occasion!

P.S. (just for Scott) Happy Anniversary my love! You’re the best – can’t wait to see you on Friday!

P.S.S. (just for Chris, from the photographer/confidant)…. she’s got it wrong…I’m the blessed one…. and all of you readers who follow TCSF know that Chris (or Gick as I call her) is one amazing person. If you met her on the street, you’d want her to be a BFF instantly. Happy Anniversary, love of my life… and call me from the Eiffel Tower today, you lucky duck!! :):):)

Strawberry-Balsamic Glazed Salmon

¼ cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce*
1 tablespoon soy sauce
finely zested zest of 1 orange
6 4-5-ounce skinless, boneless salmon fillets

1. Whisk all ingredients except orange zest and salmon fillets together in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat; simmer until thickened, about 2-4 minutes. Stir in orange zest and set aside.

2. Season salmon with sea salt and a generous sprinkle of freshly ground pepper. Brush the top of each salmon fillet with glaze. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot, but not smoking. Cook salmon fillets, glazed sides down, 1 minute; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 2 minutes more. Turn fillets over, and cook 3-4 minutes for medium (salmon will be slightly pink in the middle), or longer if desired. Transfer to a plate; loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Serve with Strawberry Apricot & Fresh Fennel Salsa, if desired.

Note: Another option – you could double the sauce, serve half of it and drizzle it over the cooked salmon instead of the salsa

Serves 6


Strawberry, Apricot & Fresh Fennel Salsa

2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
zest of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, minced
a pinch sea salt
1 bulb fresh fennel, topped, tailed and chopped into 1/4-inch dice
½ medium sweet onion, chopped into 1/4-inch dice
4 seeded apricots (ripe but not mushy-soft), chopped into 1/4-inch dice

1½ cups diced strawberries
2 tablesoons finely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
½ medium jalapeno, seeded and finely choppedDirections:
Combine honey, lime juice, lime zest, garlic and sea salt in a medium bowl. Add onion and fennel; stir well. Add apricots, strawberries, herbs and jalapeño; stir gently, just till combined. Serve ~ enjoy!


17 thoughts on “Strawberry-Balsamic Glazed Salmon”

  • Would love the potatoes that go with the anniversary dinner. I thought you said you would post the recipe – maybe I missed it. could you let me know. thanks

  • I this is yet another reason I like you so much. We celebrated 10 years on the 14th and my parents celebrated 43 years on the 14th. Glad you got to snuggle in person this weekend!

  • i enjoy reading your post and looking at your pictures and today it really makes me smile reading that sweet message from your husband. Wishing you a lovely celebration when you come back and wishing both if you many many years of joy and happiness together!!

  • That salmon does look good and I do agree,any night can be a special occasion. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  • Thanks for all your kind well-wishes! In answer to the question about the accompaniment to the salmon – these are Twice Baked Smokey Cheddar Tiny Potatoes. They are delicious and I”ll be sharing that recipe soon!

  • It sure looks special! I could do with a bit of colour to warm the weather over here.

    Happy wedding anniversary! How wonderful to have been together for such a long time. Maybe you could share a wedding photo in honor of the occasion? I’d love to see it!

  • Happy Anniversary!! I love how you feel about your HUsband thta is so sweet! I hope my Husband and I can be like that when we hit our 36th Annv. However this year we are celebrating our 6th. lol We have a long way to go.

    Your dish looks wonderful and your Husband will love it!!

  • Oh this is such a lovely way to start the day – Happy Anniversary!! Absence makes the heart grow fonder – but in your case it clearly doesn’t need to!! How wonderful and the salmon looks amazing too!
    Mary oxo

  • Happy Anniversary Chris. I hope you have a wonderful day and celebrate with your daughter, the blessing of your happy marriage. Your salmon and salsa looks so yummy too. I look forward to something fabulous after your homecoming reunion with your man!

  • This looks fabulous! And Scott you are right….I only know Chris from this blog and not only would I like to be her friend….I wish I lived next door 🙂

  • You have been blessed with a wonderful husband and I wish you many more happy years. This recipe is perfect for a happy celebration or an everyday meal. On the 26th of this month Mr. Sweet Sensations and I will also celebrate our 36th anniversary. 1976 was a very good year!!

  • Happy Anniversary! I’m so sorry to hear that you are apart on this special day, but I can feel the strong love from your lovely post! 😉 Your salmon is AMAZING! My family adores salmon among all the fish (especially kids) and when there is strawberry involved in the sauce, I think they’ll go crazy! It’s a beautiful dish, too! I hope you will have a wonderful belated celebration with your husband! 🙂

  • Happy anniversary,dear Chris!You are blessed to have each other!I wish you the best!What a lovely way to celebrate even if you are miles apart?Your dish looks so tempting!Kisses,my dear friend!

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