What Are The Ways to Cook Salmon?
Salmon is one of the acknowledged superfoods available to most of us these days, but it’s all too often presented in a limited culinary format. How many times have you seen salmon steak on a cedar plank or croquettes with a pleasant sauce on the side? Isn’t there any other way to enjoy the enormous benefits of this source of lean protein and its bounty of Omega 3 fatty acids? The answer is, yes. There are a number of ways to prepare salmon, each delicious in its own right. Fresh Salmon is an incredibly versatile fish, a fact not always represented in the preparations and serving ideas we commonly see. Let’s explore some of the flavourful recipes and varied presentation ideas for salmon currently circulating the culinary world.
Not Your Average Croquette
Whatever you’ve heard about canned salmon, don’t believe that fresh is always better. The secret is that the canned variety is generally wild-caught, and nutritionally, it’s a great deal better for you than fresh, farmed salmon. Try adding capers and a bit of fresh-squeezed lemon juice to salmon croquettes. The tart acidity of the lemon and the subtle, briny flavour of the capers enhance the delicate taste of the salmon and makes for a memorable mealtime favourite. You can serve these with a selection of steamed or gently sautéed vegetables and a wild rice or simple rice pilaf.
An Asian Spin
Pair the delectable flavour of salmon with the intricate palate offerings of ginger, basil, and garlic. For a pan-seared favourite, you need not seek any further. By combining fresh ginger, crushed garlic, chilli paste, soy sauce, vinegar and fresh basil with a few other ingredients, your weekend salmon plans can be the talk of the town. Simply create a sauce, sear your salmon on both sides, and add the sauce to your nice hot pan during the last minute of cooking. Serve with sautéed Asian vegetables and steamed rice for a unique spin on a classic meal.
More Than A Grain of Salt
Try roasting salmon steaks over a bed of aromatic salt for a meal that is both flavourful and extraordinarily chic. What you’ll need are two cups of coarse kosher salt, peppercorns, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks. You’ll need to purchase two centre-cut salmon steaks with the skin on. Once you’ve mixed your spiced salt in a baking dish, place the steaks skin-side down and bake for 20 minutes in a 190 degree oven. Enjoy with sautéed asparagus and a simple risotto prepared using fish stock.
Hearty and Heartening
Salmon Corn Chowder is an excellent recipe to try once the season turns to autumn, but can easily be enjoyed any time of year. Using fresh corn kernels, clam juice, onions, potatoes, heavy cream, pancetta, and fresh tarragon, liven up traditional corn chowder with salmon for a unique spin that’s never boring. You’ll need around 1 kilogram of skinless salmon fillet, so be sure to savour this on a special occasion with friends or family. Serve it with crusty French rolls or traditional, unsweetened cornbread.
Last Dance with the Grill
Mango salsa is actually extremely simple to prepare at home, and is the perfect compliment to smoky, grilled salmon. As summer wanes, you’ll want to indulge in fresh, grilled fare as much as possible, so pencil in this easy, delicious take on grilled salmon. Grill your salmon fillets and mixed together the ingredients below for salsa that will satisfy up to six diners. Pair with grilled vegetable skewers and rice pilaf or roasted baby red potatoes.
3 tbsp red capsicum, diced
2 tbsp red onion, diced
2 tbsp chilli, finely diced
3 tbsp lime juice
The flesh of one ripe mango, chopped
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1.5 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp cumin
Salt to taste
A Hash for the Books
If you enjoy corned beef hash, you should try it with salmon instead. Simply follow your favourite hash recipe, and substitute one pound of cooked, shredded salmon in place of the corned beef. Use fresh tarragon and dill to accentuate the delicious flavours of the salmon. This makes an excellent brunch dish or a relaxed family supper offering that’s sure to please everyone. It also compliments poached eggs wonderfully, if you happen to be in the mood for a little added protein.
Salmon is an incredibly versatile fish that is ideal for flavour experiments in the kitchen or on the grill. Because it is particularly rich-tasting, acidic foods, such as tart berries or citrus compliment it well. It is also particularly well suited to pan-searing with crusts of almonds, pecans, or pistachios. Any way you care to cook it, salmon comes up trumps—whether grilled, baked, seared, broiled or in a matrix of other ingredients, like soup, hash or as patties. The only limitation is your own imagination.