One of the best things about salmon is its versatility, when it comes to recipes and pairing with side dishes. Salmon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet and creates a delicious one pan meal when combined with healthy vegetables. This dish is packed full of healthy fats and plenty of protein. It makes an excellent evening meal or fancy gourmet specialty for a few dinner guests. Its also easy or simple to prepare as well. Hope you enjoy our oven baked salmon recipe.
Salmon is a versatile protein to start many great meal ideas. There are many different types of salmon available on the market. Steaks and filets are the most popular choice due to their versatility in recipes. When choosing salmon filets and steaks, they should have a bright pink, orange, or red color. The color should be even throughout with no blotches or light spots. Most importantly, the filet should smell fresh, not strong or have any off odors of any type. A delicious meal begins with the freshest fish possible.
Make certain that it is cooked thoroughly by measuring its thickest part and cooking it for about 10 minutes per inch, as a general rule. Overcooking the salmon will make it taste rubbery. You may need to check it often starting at about eight minutes into the cooking cycle to make certain that you get it just right where it is flaky, but not rubbery.
The two main types of salmon are farmed and wild. There is only one species of Atlantic salmon, but there are five in the Pacific. The flesh of the salmon can be pink, red, or orange. You should look for a salmon that has a bright color and avoid any that appear to be dull.
Salmon can also be purchased whole. In this case, choose one that has bright eyes and shiny skin. You can stuff the cavity with vegetables, fresh herbs, and spices. The cooking times is the same as for filets, 10 minutes per inch thickness of fish when measured at the widest part.
The sockeye and chinook salmon varieties are the most common ones used for steaks and filets. They have a bright pink color and are slightly fattier than other types of salmon. This makes them soft to the palate and tender, making robust, dry white wines the perfect pairing.