Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Hickory Glazed Salmon

Red Lobster's Hickory Glazed Salmon Recipe
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4  (6-8 ounce) salmon fillets

Hickory Glaze
1 cup shallots in 1/8" dice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup apple juice concentrate -- (canned)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
5 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water

Saute shallots in vegetable oil until medium brown. Add apple juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar, liquid smoke, and onion powder. Stir to combine ingredients. Simmer 7 minutes. Combine water and cornstarch, mix well and whisk into simmering liquid. Simmer 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Place in appropriate container and allow to cool. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil bottom of roasting pan. Place salmon fillets on pan. Liberally brush each piece of salmon with the Hickory Glaze. Roast salmon for 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon thickness (approximately10 minutes per inch of thickness).

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