There’s something about a freshly cooked salmon filet. With its delicate fish flavor and ability to pair perfectly with a wide array of side dishes, salmon is a must-have in your recipe book. However, there’s a big problem - many people are intimidated by this hearty and healthy fish.
If you’ve ever had improperly prepared salmon, such as it being overcooked, then you’ll understand why many experience hesitation. When done right, salmon is mouthwatering, but when done, it’s basically cat food.
However, there’s no reason to be afraid of cooking salmon as long as you follow these easy tips. I’m going to flesh out the best way to cook salmon in the oven and on a skillet. Soon, you’ll be preparing a salmon dish that rivals those at even the fanciest of restaurants.
How to Perfectly Cook Salmon in the Oven
If you want an easy and fancy dinner, it doesn’t get much easier (and fancier) than roasted salmon fillets. The key element to remember when cooking salmon in the oven is to not overthink it. The best salmon is one that’s prepared with few ingredients that highlight its natural flavor, instead of covering it up.
After removing the bones from the salmon fillets, place a layer of aluminum foil on a baking dish or roasting pan. Place the salmon so its skin is resting on the foil. Brush the surface of the salmon with a thin layer of olive oil and add a little salt and pepper. I enjoy dusting each fillet with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Preheat your oven to 425-degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the salmon for roughly 8 to 12 minutes. As a general rule of thumb, roast for roughly four to six minutes per half-inch thickness of the fish. After 6 to 8 minutes, stick a fork into one of the fillets. If the flesh begins to flake, the salmon is done and ready to be served.
How to Perfectly Pan Sear Salmon
Pan searing, or pan frying, salmon is my personal favorite cooking technique. This method is fast, simple and retains all of the salmon juices and natural flavors - if done correctly. For many, this is the most intimidating cooking method; however, with a little practice and attention, you’ll soon be making world-class salmon fillets.
To start, you’ll need to ensure the salmon is at room temperature. Never pan fry chilled salmon as this dramatically alters its flavor. Once the fish is at the ideal temperature, season with a little salt and pepper.
Prepare the skillet by preheating it for five minutes over medium-low heat. Once preheated, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Increase the stove temperature to medium-high heat and place the salmon skin-side up in the skillet. Cook for roughly four minutes, or until it’s golden brown.
With a spatula, carefully flip the salmon and cook for an additional three minutes. Immediately remove the salmon from the pan and place on your serving dish. Lightly sprinkle the salmon with freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and enjoy!
Simply Delicious Salmon - Every Time
As with many ingredients, mastering salmon can be a slight learning curve. However, by following the aforementioned tips, you’ll soon be serving moist, flavorful and healthy dinner to your friends and family!
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