Friday, May 3, 2013

Last Night's Experiment: Cooking Salmon

This week, I learned the most amazing thing - I learned how to cook salmon at home! 

I know I'm a bit behind the curve and that most of you have probably been cooking salmon for years. But for me, this was major progress. I like to eat meat, but cooking it has always been intimidating to me. I'm always worried I'll undercook it, which means I end up overcooking it. I also dislike the smell of food cooking, so baking fish was a major concern. 

My fears were unfounded. Cooking salmon couldn't be easier. Earlier this week, I sent a tweet asking for tips and received several great ideas. So many, in fact, that I couldn't decide which to try first, so I made two versions: BBQ and Jerk. 

BBQ next to the sweet potatoes, jerk on the right

To make these "recipes" I portioned a half pound piece of salmon into two pieces. Here's what you need to do next:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the two salmon portions skin down. Rub the jerk seasoning into one piece of salmon (I used a Wildtree blend) and pour 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce over the other piece of salmon. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. 

That's it! Both were delicious, but I think I liked the BBQ version a bit more. I hadn't ever thought to combine BBQ with fish but it was a tasty combo! Many thanks to Becky for the idea!

I served the meal with mashed sweet potato (bake a small sweet potato for one hour, mash it with a fork, add a bit of maple syrup over the top) and roasted asparagus (drizzle asparagus with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes).

A perfect post-workout dinner! And since I only ate half of each piece, I have leftovers for tonight's dinner!

Perhaps I'll try your recipe next! What is your favorite way to prepare salmon?

- ST

6 comments:

  1. Awesome! In addition to baking it, I've grilled and pan-seared salmon... both successfully! When I ate meat I was always afraid of under cooking it too, so I understand! When I pan-seared it I used coconut oil, and just kept an eye on it to see when it turned that light pink... but I have an actual recipe for the grilling! Let me know if you try it!:

    Grilled salmon w. peach salsa: http://www.foodosaurusrex.com/2012/08/03/peachy-keen/

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely have to try that peach salsa - looks like a perfect summer dinner!

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  2. I have actually never cooked salmon! I have always wanted to try, but it's a little expensive, so I'm worried about messing it up :-/

    Your method sounds super easy and really delicious, though. Thanks for sharing, Sun!

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    1. Give it a try, Alex! If I can make salmon without screwing it up, I'm sure you can as well :)

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  3. I love coking salmon! I made those salmon patties from the MKE Fete, and they were so delicious!

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    1. I'm going to have to make those salmon patties soon - they were delicious!

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