Honey Fig Roasted Salmon

Written by chanie on August 27th, 2015

Excuse me while I type while my mouth is full. [gulp]

I don’t usually eat the recipe I’m posting while I’m posting it, but I seriously can’t get enough of this salmon. Who knew figs and salmon would go so well together, right?

The truth is, I would eat figs over cardboard. They’re that good. And with Rosh Hashanah coming, I couldn’t think of a sweeter fruit to incorporate into my holiday meal. Fig season is short, and I want to make the most of it before it’s gone!

It’s hard to believe that summer is really coming to an end, and the High Holidays are almost upon us. I see it in the seasonal fruit that’s making it’s way into the stores (yay for honeycrisp apples!), I feel it while I shop around for school supplies, uniforms and Yom Tov clothes. And I even smell it in the air as the summer days turn to cool nights, and the scent of fall creeps in. It’s sad to see summer go, but the New Year brings with it a fresh start and new possibilities.

I feel about the The High Holidays, the same way I feel about the first day of school. It gives me butterflies. And even though I’m way past the school-era (thank G-d!!), I still get those butterflies when I take my kids to orientation on the first day. I never realized the benefits of marrying someone whose last name begins with an “A”, until my kids started school. Thankfully, I don’t have to sit there for hours until their name is called!

I may not be in school anymore, but the truth is, my name is still called, each year, on high. As we read in the prayer of “Unesanneh Tokef“, “All created beings pass before you, one-by-one, like a flock of sheep…You count, reckon, and are mindful of them, and you allocate the fixed portion for the needs of all your creatures”.

May we all be blessed, that as our names gets called by the ultimate principal, may we be inscribed for a SWEET (and figgy) New Year filled with healthy, happiness, peace and of course, good food!

I’d like to think that this holiday isn’t just about the food, but the truth is, it is so much a part of it. We celebrate Rosh Hashanah through an assortment of symbolic foods, including the head of a fish and sweet, sticky honey. This recipe uses a whole side of salmon, but you can feel free to cook the fish head along with it, for a beautiful presentation. I love how festive and elegant this is, not to mention sweet! It is sure to be a show stopper on your holiday table.

Related Recipes:

teriyaki salmon
honey mustard salmon
honey roasted figs
holiday salad with figs and honey

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  1. Marsha says:

    looks amazing. Would you be able to use dried figs instead of fresh and what. Type would you use.

    • chanie says:

      Thanks Marsha. I haven’t tried it with dried, but I think it would work. The flavor and texture might be a bit different, but let me know how it goes. You can use any type of dried figs in this recipe.

  2. Rachel says:

    Wow! This is such a great idea. I have salmon about once a week and am always looking for a way to make it fresh! Most recently I topped it with roasted red peppers, cilantro and chopped almonds, but I’m loving your sweet/savory idea. Just might have to give it a try this week!

  3. Dinie says:

    Looks divine!

  4. Lily says:

    This looks amazing! Do you think the ‘topping’ could be prepared before a Yontev and then poured on top of the fish and baked later or would it not stay good in the fridge? Thanks!

  5. William says:

    Thanks Chanie. Honey is good and this natural sweetener. Use Honey in your diet will always keep your health good. Thanks

  6. Mindy says:

    Hi, do u think its possible to make this recipe but without soy sauce or a substitute you can suggest? It looks delicious but I have a guest with a soy allergy:)…..thanks

    • chanie says:

      Hi Mindy, soy sauce adds a lot to the sauce, so I don’t know how it will come out without it. Have you ever used coconut aminos before? They make a good replacement.

  7. Ruchie says:

    im making this now and the sauce smells delicious!do you think the sauce would pair well with meat or chicken?

  8. Donna says:

    I have gone to about 4 stores looking for these figs, no where to be found, actually no figs to be found period. :( what would you recommend I replace them with? Would dates work?

    • chanie says:

      That’s shocking, it’s fig season now! (unless you live in a place where figs are not in season). You can try doing this with dried figs. I don’t like the idea of using dates in the recipe.

  9. shaina says:

    Hi, would i be able to freeze this?

  10. Pia Wolcowitz says:

    Loved your class today (10/28/15) Sprializing at Peppermill.
    Please email me…spoke to you today about party, want to make arrangements.

    Thank you,

  11. esther says:

    Really looking forward to making this year!! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Shana Tova U’Metukah!

  12. Laura says:

    I own a fig tree and am always looking for recipes! I love salmon and will try this for the holidays. The fig sauce also works on chicken.

  13. Jeannie says:

    Do I cook the fish with or without the skin?

  14. Aidie says:

    This looks amazing but I was wondering if there is any type of substitute for oj? Don’t have it in the house

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