Although catching salmon is a fun task that you might enjoy, cooking this type of fish is an equally rewarding experience. As you probably know, salmon has a type of meat that is delicious and healthy. In fact, salmon is a reliable source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, vitamin B6, B12, and D, a reason why you should try to include this kind of fish in your weekly diet.
Additionally, before you go to your local store in search for salmon, we suggest that you decide whether you want to buy wild or farmed salmon. Usually, wild salmon is rather expensive, while farmed fish is not always 100% healthy as farmers are known for using antibiotics in order to treat various types of infections that the fish get. Yet, not all farmers use such practices.
Also, if you have trouble deciding between fresh and frozen fillets, we believe that it is fit to remind you that frozen fish is just as tasty and nutritious if eaten within 4 months after being fished.
Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil
If you are a busy mom that doesn’t have a lot of time on her hands to prepare healthy meals, we suggest that you try out this recipe as it takes less than 30 minutes to make it. To cook it, you will need 1 pound of salmon, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, half a tablespoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, red pepper, and oregano, 3 tablespoons of butter (melted), and 1 tablespoon of (chopped) parsley.
Before you start preparing the fish, go ahead and preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F). Next, you should line a baking sheet with foil. While doing so, make sure that the foil is large enough to cover and seal the fish completely. Further, layer the fillets on the baking sheet.
Then, take a bowl and add the butter, the lemon juice and the garlic in it. Mix vigorously and use the mixture to cover the salmon. Add salt, pepper, and the other condiments, in accordance with your preferences. Seal the foil so that no leakage is allowed. Finally, place the fish in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.
After the time has passed, take the fish out, open the foil and let it breathe for about 3 minutes. You can serve this with salad, quinoa or different vegetables. You should always pay attention to the thickness of each fillet as this can help you determine just how much time you have to leave it in the oven.
Salmon Sushi Salad
If you love eating healthy foods and you are in love with experimenting when it comes to cooking, our suggestion to you is that you try this recipe. You will need 2 ounces of salmon, a small avocado, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, a tablespoon of sesame seeds, a tablespoon of vegetable oil, one sheet of nori (torn), 100g sushi rice, 2 ounces edamame beans (frozen), 2 ounces smoked salmon, and some pomegranate seeds. For the dressing, you should use one tablespoon of soy sauce, a tablespoon of vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses.
To start, rinse the sushi and place it in a covered saucepan with 7 ounces of water. Once the rice is boiled, remove the excess water and let the rice sit for about 15 minutes before you add it to the serving bowl.
Furthermore, pour the resulting water onto the beans and let them defrost. Then, heat the sesame oil and add the nori; cook them for about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the beans, place them in the same bowl as the rice, and add the salmon, the pomegranate seeds, and the sliced avocado.
To make the dressing, just combine the necessary ingredients and then drizzle it on top of the salad. You can add extra slices of ginger if you want to. Bon appetit!
Another time-efficient recipe that you are bound to like and try is fried salmon. What is great about it is the fact that it takes less than 20 minutes to complete and that it doesn’t involve the use of many ingredients. To fry salmon, you will need 4 pieces of skin-on salmon filets, a tablespoon of olive oil, half a tablespoon of salt and a few lemon wedges (optional).
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees (F), and then heat the pan that you intend to use. Use paper towels to dry each piece of salmon and then cover the fillets with olive oil and season them by using salt and pepper.
Lay the fish in the pan and make sure that the part that contains the flesh is side down. Leave it to cook for about 4 minutes (depending on its thickness). Next, use a spatula to flip the fish and then leave it in the oven for about 10/12 minutes. You can serve this with vegetables or rice, depending on your preferences.
Spaghetti with Avocado and Salmon (smoked)
If you are a pasta-lover, we warmly recommend that you try cooking this following recipe. To make it, you will need 7 ounces of spaghetti, two tablespoons of olive oil, a bunch of parsley, a lemon, one ripe avocado (peeled and stoned), one garlic clove and 4 ounces of smoked salmon.
Boil the spaghetti with salt by following the instructions on the pack. Then, take your food processor and use it to make a sauce from the avocado, olive oil, garlic, parsley and lemon juice. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water but save about 4 ounces of boiled water for the sauce.
Mix the pasta with the sauce, water and a bit of lemon juice. Stir and add salt and other condiments that you like. Serve it on plates and add some more parsley for decorating purposes.
Salmon and Spinach Tart
To prepare this recipe, you should have a handful of baby spinach, 2 skinless salmon filets, one egg yolk, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, a tablespoon of mustard and ready rolled Puff Pastry Sheet.
To start, preheat the oven to 392 (F). Place the pastry sheet into a baking dish and then use a fork to secure it to the margins of the baking pan. Then, use the fork to prick the center of the sheet. Next, use the egg yolk to glaze the border. Place the pan into the oven and leave it until the pastry is cooked (about 15 minutes).
When it comes to preparing the salmon, take the fillets and cook them in the microwave on high for at least 2 minutes. Let them cool for a bit and then cut them in pieces. Take the sour cream and the mustard and mix them in a different bowl.
After removing the pastry from the oven, cover the base of the sheet with the mixture of crème and mustard, drizzle the spinach and the salmon pieces. Let it cook in the oven for 5 more minutes. Before removing it, make sure that it has a gold, beautiful look and that the pastry is cooked.
Salmon and Asparagus
Another delicious recipe that you should not ignore is the one that contains salmon and asparagus. To prepare it, you need approximately one pound of sweet potatoes (cut in halves), 8 asparagus spears (cut in half), 2 salmon filets, a bunch of cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, basil leaves and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
The recipe is rather simple. Just preheat the oven to 430 degrees (F) and make sure that you have an ovenproof dish near you. Place the potatoes in the dish and add the olive oil. Bake the potatoes until they get a light brown color. Add the asparagus and place the baking dish back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
Next, add the tomatoes and place the salmon among the vegetables. The remaining oil should also be added at this stage. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes then add the basil leaves. Once this is done, you can serve it to your loved ones!
Pan Fried Salmon with Crispy Skin
If you are a fan of fried food and you are interested in finding a recipe that will allow you to cook salmon this way, look no further. To prepare this, you will need as many firm salmon filets as you want, oil, salt, pepper, and other condiments that you like.
Firstly, dry the salmon and cover it in condiments. Let it rest for about 45 minutes. Next, preheat the oil in a spacious pan. Lower the cooking temperature and add the salmon. Use a fish spatula to press the salmon (for about 10 seconds). This way, the fillets won’t lose their shape and/or consistency. Once one side is cooked, flip the salmon and leave it in the oil for another 15 seconds. Use dry paper towels to remove the excess oil.