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Salmon is a high-nutrient, lean fish that is sold in every part of the world. There are many types of salmon, the most popular being the Atlantic and Chinook. They are usually eaten raw, like in salmon sushi rolls, but are just as delicious cooked. Because it is a delicate fish species, learn how to cook salmon the right way to add to tasty meals.
Health Benefits of Salmon
Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids are a type of fat your body needs to reduce the bad fat that causes heart disease. They are also effective at treating inflammation and can improve mobility in stiff joints. This makes salmon especially beneficial for people with arthritis, diabetes and respiratory diseases.
The fish is also a source of muscle-restoring protein and provides high amounts of bone-strengthening magnesium, potassium and calcium. Salmon contains selenium, which acts as an antioxidant and thyroid support. Vitamins in salmon include vitamins B and D, both of which are known for boosting energy and preventing diseases.
How to Cook Salmon the Right Way
Salmon can be cooked in several ways in several minutes. You can bake, grill, sear or poach your season. First, you have to season the fish correctly in aluminum foil or a re-sealable bag. Your choice of seasoning can include lemon juice, olive oil, sesame oil, salt, pepper, garlic and other fish spices of your choice. Refrigerate seasoned salmon 30 minutes before cooking.
How to Cook Salmon in Oven
To bake salmon, start with 4 fresh fillets. Season and refrigerate prior to cooking.
Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F. Grease a baking dish with butter, olive oil or cooking spray.
Place salmon fillets on the baking dish skin side down.
Bake salmon in the middle rack until it is opaque. It should also be flaky. This should take between 10-15 minutes.
How to Cook Salmon on a Grill
If you’re using a gas grill, turn heat up to 450 F. If it’s a charcoal grill, allow the coals to burn for 15 minutes.
Season your salmon fillets and wrap them in foil. Grill for 10-15 minutes or until opaque and flaky.
How to Cook Salmon in a Pan
Heat a tablespoon of olive or sesame oil in a sizeable pan.
When hot, add the salmon fillets and sear on both sides until it become crumbly and opaque. Serve.
How to Poach Salmon
Poaching salmon uses the same method you would use when making poached eggs. Pour 1-2 cups of water in a pan, bring to a boil, add salmon fillets and cook until the fish loses its pink color.
As you can see, learning how to cook salmon is quite easy. Whether you prefer poaching or pan searing, remember to season and refrigerate your fillets first. Keep an eye on salmon to avoid overcooking and serve with vegetables or with tartar sauce for flavor.