Broiled salmon has become a go to weekday dish when I need a fast meal for the family. I have discovered that my homemade jams make a good glaze and I have used lemon, orange, and my ginger peach jams to great success. Jan has recently discovered that she loves liliko’i—passion fruit—and when I discovered a jar of Liliko’i jam at the local Hawaiian market—Kumar’s Island Market—I knew I had to buy it.
For years wife Jan has been firm in the idea that she did not like passion fruit. A year ago, she went to Hawaii and discovered this wonderful fruit called liliko’i had this amazing flavor. She was chagrined to find out that this was simply the Hawaiian name for passion fruit.
Note: My mother told a similar story as I was growing up. When she was in high school in Mississippi, once a week there was pecan pie for the school lunch. Claudia knew that she did not like pecan pie, so every week she gave hers away—this of course made her very popular. On the last week of school, her friend convinced her to take a bite and she discovered that she loved pecan pie! In my opinion, if that person was a real friend she would have convinced her to try the pie at the beginning of the school year.
Karl’s Broiled Salmon with Liliko’i Glaze
¾ lb. salmon filet
¼ tsp. black pepper, cracked
Large pinch Kosher salt
2 Tbs. Liliko’i jam
1. Pre-heat the broiler and set the rack to the top level—2 inches from the heat.
2. Lay the filet—skin side down—on a Pam-ed small lipped baking tray.
Tip: Lining the pan with foil saves a lot of work, as the jam that slides off of the fish bakes hard onto the bare surfaces of the pan.
Note: If you are like my wife and do not intend to eat the fish skin, it is not necessary to scale the filet. However if you plan to eat the skin, do not forget to remove the scales.
3. Sprinkle the pepper liberally over the fish.
4. Sprinkle the salt over the filet.
5. Spread the jam thickly over the salmon filet.
6. Put the tray into the oven and broil until the top is browned and the fish is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
Tip: How long it takes to broil a fish fillet depends entirely on how thick it is.
Note: Check the salmon for doneness by inserting a knife point into the thickest part of the fish and twist the blade to separate the flakes. If the meat is still underdone, continue broiling for another 2-3 minutes.
7. Remove the salmon from the oven and let it cool slightly.
8. Serve warm.