Evan’s Salmon

9 Mar

I could be kicked out of the family for what I’m about to do. I’m giving up one of our family faves, Evan’s Salmon.

It’s named so because my younger brother, Evan — a great cook, a video game addict and a neurosurgeon  — invented it. Now, we’re all hooked.

Evan’s Salmon

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium soy sauce (I like Kikkoman; I don’t know why but this brand works best with this recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bag of Tetley Earl Grey Green Tea (This exact type of tea is critical. I’m serious, don’t mix bags of earl grey and green tea. For some reason, that doesn’t work. I’m not usually a stickler for these things but, on this one, it matters.)
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly

1. Mix the soy sauce and the olive oil in a shallow dish or ziplock bag. Add salmon, skin-side down.
2. Rip open the tea bag and dump contents evenly over the salmon. Turn salmon to coat thoroughly with liquids.
3. Let marinate for 20 minutes to two hours.
4. Add slices of lemon to top. BBQ or bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Here’s my version, along with a quinoa salad:

A few caveats:

  • This recipe was passed to my mom from my brother who then changed the original and told my mom some of the alterations and she told me some of what he told her. So this is my variation of Evan’s Salmon. It still tastes great. Perhaps my brother will take a break from studying to make expert suggestions here in the comments.
  • When we were kids, my brother used to make “Evan’s Sandwiches.” He would stand in front of the fridge with two pieces of bread and pick out bits of everything to throw into his sandwich — leftover cold Greek potatoes, cheese whiz, peanut butter, cheddar cheese, olives, and Mac’n’cheese. He’d usually throw in a few potato chips to the mix for crunch value. Add some ketchup and squish it together. Then, he’d put it into the trunk of his toy car, climb on and “drive” around all day, taking bites as needed.
  • I felt you ought to know the above before you tried one of his recipes.
  • I promise you, his tastes have improved.
  • He’s also one of the funniest people ever.
  • Good luck with the work, Ev.

4 Responses to “Evan’s Salmon”

  1. Carol S-B March 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Ok, ok, I’m convinced. Just added you to my favorites, gals. I love how you both write… a breath of fresh air. Warm fresh air, not cold, which is particularly delightful. (By which I mean, you’re nice. I like spending time here. Some bloggers don’t get that ‘witty’ doesn’t equal ‘vitriolic’. A tiny bit of ascerbity is fine: you get that.)
    Love the fashions… love staying current, love the food. Love your blog.

    • The Toque Girls March 13, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, Carol! Do come back often. C&M

  2. Laura Kumin March 17, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Everyone needs an Evan in their life! And with your caution about not mixing teas in mind I’ll try the recipe. Still, I’ve got half a mind to send the recipe and the warning to Harold McGhee (the food chemistry guy) to find out why it matters. Can’t resist trying to unravel the mystery of the Earl Grey tea.


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