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?