Boys in girls team and Firecracker salmon with Tequila sauce

firecracker salmon


After skipping the fall season, Junior signed up for spring season of soccer. The team he signed up with has a coach with a stellar reputation and cracking sense of humor.

Their first game was scheduled last week. The team started with a Scrimmage, where three local teams contributed to make the teams. The girls’ team were falling short of 4 players. Hence the boys’ team was called upon to boost up the numbers.




Embarrassed giggles.

And then a deluge of emails from parents who all had boys lined up to sign up for playing in the girls’ team.


A late night email revealed there were as many as 11 requests for 4 spots in the girls’ team. But the boys’ team played in blue jersey, and the girls, red. So all the boys who had blue and red jerseys would interchange the teams, so that most boys got a chance to play for the girls’ team.

grilled salmon

Except for Junior. Now as Junior has recently signed up for this particular team, he does not yet have the blue jersey. He only has the red one. Hence he got to stay with the girls’ team throughout.

As the coach puts it, he ‘lucked out’. Junior wasn’t as ecstatic though. He was not at all thrilled that he had to play in a different team than his own team mates for the entire match.


How did the game go? That’s for another time.

As of now, it’s time for the fire grilled salmon recipe that I promised in my last post.

It's yumm


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Firecracker salmon with tequila sauce
  • 6 steak pieces of salmon
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes
  • 2 garlic pods minced
  • 1 heaped tsp dry ginger powder (you can also use fresh ginger paste)
For the Tequila sauce
  • ½ cup Tequila (I used Cabot)
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
To season the sauce
  • pinch of paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
To make the fish:
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and soak the fish pieces until well coated. Marinade for 2 hours.
  2. Fire the grill pan and spray Pam© or other cooking oil spray
  3. Grill the fish 4-5 minutes each side till done.
To make the sauce
  1. Mix tequila, cilantro, shallots, minced garlic in a pan and bring to a boil in a sauce pan.
  2. Reduce and cook till it's about half.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice, stir well.
  4. Mix in the cream and simmer it for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the butter, and take the pan off the heat.
  6. Whisk till the butter is incorporated.
  7. Add all the seasonings.
To assemble
  1. Layer a plate with the sauce.
  2. Place the grilled fish on top.
  3. Serve with he side of roasted corn and pepper salsa with mustard aioli.

To get the salsa recipe, please click here

roasted corn and pepper salsa

13 comments for “Boys in girls team and Firecracker salmon with Tequila sauce

  1. April 9, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Ahh the politics of the sporting field! This salmon sounds incredible Minnie! I’d order that in a second if I saw it on a menu 🙂
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  2. April 10, 2015 at 3:05 AM

    Good on him for being a good sport. Are they playing in the snow? I’ve never seen that before in my life! The ball must move at quite a pace across the snow xx
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    • April 18, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      As the coach said, it was ‘Tundra bowl’, lol! The fields were covered with snow even till the last week. Things have improved considerably in the past week.
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  3. Pam
    April 10, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    I think it’s great that the boys were helping fill up the girls team!

    The salmon and sauce look and sound fantastic!
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  4. April 12, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    That is so cool that the girls had such a great response from the boys! The world is changing. 🙂 Grilled salmon is one of our most favorite meals when we can find wild salmon. What a scrumptious recipe you’ve made here! Pinning it so I can remember to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this Minnie!
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  5. April 13, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    You have raised a fine son and I’m impressed that so many boys wanted to play along with the girls.

    Wonderful salmon recipe, Minnie!
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  6. April 15, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Wow, soccer in the snow! Haven’t seen that, but you’ve had so much snow this year, I guess if you want to play, you gotta deal with the snow! I love salmon — this looks terrific. Thanks so much.
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  7. Savitha
    April 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Mouthwatering here Minnie. Thanks for sharing.

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