Salmon is a wonderfully versatile fish and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Salmon is attractive in its pink, orange, or red color, rich in flavor and packed with healthy omega 3 fatty acids. It is low in calories. There are various types of salmon. Sockeye and Chinook, for example, are fattier than chum or pink salmon. Here are some basic cooking tips to help you get the most from your salmon recipes.
How to Bake Salmon
Baking is a popular way of cooking salmon. You need to season the fish, and then brush it with butter. Place the salmon on a greased pan in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes per inch of thickness. When the salmon is cooked, it will flake easily.
How to Steam Salmon
Lightly season your salmon and place it in a steaming pan. You can use water with herbs, half water and half wine or bouillon for steaming. Pour this liquid over the salmon into the pan. Bring the liquid to the boil and steam the salmon for one minute per ounce over a medium heat.
How to Pan Fry Salmon
The most important salmon cooking tip if you are pan-frying is to make sure your butter or oil is very hot before adding the salmon to the pan. You need enough oil to cover half of the salmon steak thickness. This stops the fish juices from escaping. The oil should be hot but not quite smoking hot. Dip the salmon into milk then seasoned flour and fry for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until the coating is golden brown.
Cooking Blackened Fish
Blackened fish recipes mean that the fish is coated in butter and spices before being seared on a very hot skillet. You might want to blacken fish outdoors if you have a grill because it produces a lot of smoke!
Cooking Fish in a Paper Bag
Fish can be cooked in an unwaxed paper bag. As long as you use a wet paper bag, it will not burn when you put it on the coals. This is an unusual campfire fish cooking method and works well with salmon recipes.
Cooking Fish in a Smoker
Meat, fish, and cheese are wonderful when cooked in a smoker but a lot of people have yet to try this interesting cooking technique. You need to soak your salmon in a brine solution overnight and then rinse it and air dry it for an hour. Put the fish in your smoking oven and smoke it for a couple of hours at 200 degrees F. Apple, cherry, hickory or alder wood chips are especially good when smoking fish. You might like to try sugar, rum and lemon juice brine or onion, garlic and soy sauce brine, for different results.
Cooking Fish on the Grill
Fish benefits from hot, quick grill cooking. Grilled fish recipes are wonderfully juice because the grill cooks the fish without removing any moisture. The hardest part of grill fish cooking is perhaps knowing when the salmon is ready. This is perhaps the most commonly asked fish cooking tips question. The answer is that the fish is done when it flakes easily and is opaque all the way through. If any of the fish is still glossy or partly translucent, it needs a few more minutes. Steaks and whole fish are easier to grill than fillets, which sometimes break, but they will take longer too cook because they are thicker.
As you can see, there are many different ways to cook salmon. I hope that the above tips will help you to create the tastiest, most succulent salmon dishes, which your family and friends are bound to love!
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