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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Brain Food, It Is??

A long time ago, my mum asked this colleague of hers who was an excellent Maths teacher the secrets of him being so brainy and that teacher revealed to her that his mum fed him with a lot of fish when he was young, actually he even specified that it was thread fin, probably salmon wasn't popular back then since they are imported! And yes from then on we saw a lot of fish in our diet!

What's your take, is fish brain food?  Some say yes and some say no.  But many researches have found that the high content of Omega-3 fatty acids in Salmons is good for the brain.  It helps the brain works better and improves memory besides protecting the nervous system from the deteriorating effects of aging.   Talking about the benefits of fish in our diet reminds me of the famous quote from Bruce the shark in Finding Nemo,  he said "Fish are friends, not food"... err i have to say sorry but i am stuck with what Mum drummed into my head :)

So, Salmon aka brain food was on the menu for lunch the other day and i wanted to try out a new way of making it.  Well, not totally new as i intended to bake it like always, probably just a new glaze/sauce.  I was wondering if there were any recipes out there for something orangey, a quick search found me landing on plenty! 

It was basically 3 main ingredients, honey, orange juice and soy sauce with minced garlic and ginger to rid some fishy smell.  It gave the fish a sweet and citrusy flavor which my son enjoyed very much but hubs and i decided we prefer the good old savory taste better (i.e. just olive oil, a little lemon juice plus salt and pepper).

Served it with jasmine rice, some grilled french beans and stir fried baby king oyster mushrooms.  A simple, healthy and wholesome meal :)

Source: My Recipes

  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 (4-ounce) salmon fillets (2 salmon fillets around 14 ounce)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook orange juice and next 4 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute; let cool slightly.
  3. Reserve 2/3 cup marinade; transfer remaining marinade to a large shallow dish or zip-top plastic freezer bag; add salmon. Cover or seal, and chill 15 minutes. Remove salmon from marinade, discarding marinade. Place salmon in an aluminum foil-lined pan.
  4. Bake at 375°F ((190°C) for 20 minutes or to desired degree of doneness.
  5. Meanwhile, cook reserved marinade in a small saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until sauce is thick and syrupy.
  6. Drizzle salmon with sauce, and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My little favourite DIY, hosted by Ann of Anncoo Journal.



My parents used to feed us lots of fish when we were younger too, saying tht it will make us brainier. Not sure if it's true but we turned out pretty alright :D I say the same thing to my kids now.

Salmon full of omega fish oil. Ive fish dishes almost everyday and sometimes out of idea to cook for simple one. Love this recipe of yours as it sounds some flavourful.

I love one dish meal especially with the fish in it. Looks very delicious and healthy too.
Thank you for linking to LTU.

Hi, I'm not a huge fan of salmon but your this dish look so appetizing. I love the gravy with extra rice. :))

Have a nice week ahead.

Ha ! I wish ! I grew up eating gazillion of fish yet I can't memorize my multiplication table even until now lol I like most fish and salmon , well , it's my fave of all ! I usually buy frozen coz it's cheap :D

Feel like cooking this right away. I'm in need of brain food too, not only the young but the 'old'. I love all the ingredients in this dish and most of all the method to cook. Baking rather than frying. Do we need to flip over the fish slices while baking?

Your title makes me laughed out loud because I remembered when my 3rd son was younger, I told him to eat up his fish because it's good for his brains and he cried saying he's not stupid! lol! Maybe I should feed him more salmons! Your dish looks yummy!

@Kimmy: No, i didn't flip mine, i think it's not necessary if the cut is not too thick, around 1 inch or so should be ok.

@Jeannie: LOL, that was so funny! Indeed your son proved that he's very smart with that witty answer :))

Just two weeks ago, my uncle was asking us to eat more fish as it is brain food. Luckily my kiddo love fish too and will bookmarked this.

i hv tried fish with orange juice too and i did it with some other fish fillets, not salmon. A new taste, actually it isnt too bad but like your family too, they still prefer the usual plain and stick to one style that is kicap style only :))

Your salmon dish sound really good with orange juices..

Yeah... I have to agree with you. My brain is telling me that I need to eat these salmon too :p

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