Friday, April 16, 2010
Simply Delicious Salmon
Salmon is hands down our favorite main dish. We’ve eaten and prepared it many ways: herb crushed, grilled on a cedar plank, smoked, poached, Asian marinated, topped with white wine sauce, etc. While the embellishments offered by these complex preparations add a certain flair, our absolute favorite “recipe” requires nothing more than a little olive oil, salt and pepper. This simple roasted fish has a wonderfully unmasked salmon flavor and melt in your mouth buttery texture. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
1 lb. Salmon Filet, scales and bones removed, skin left on
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 - 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
Lemon wedges, optional for serving
Wash the salmon filet and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Rub the olive oil all over the fish. Sprinkle the top of the fish with the salt and pepper. Place the salmon skin side down in a baking dish.
Turn your oven to 375 degrees. Allow the oven to preheat for 15-20 minutes. Let the seasoned fish sit at room temperature during this time.
When the oven is nice and hot put the salmon inside, and let it bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes the fish will be cooked medium (the thickest part of the filet will remain soft and dark pink inside).
*If you prefer the fish to be well done, allow it to cook another 5 minutes. Do not let it cook any longer or the fish will begin to lose its buttery texture.
Roasted asparagus and steamed rice are perfect complements to this dish.
P.S. We make salmon just about every Friday night, we often have leftovers which we enjoy for lunch a top a salad the next day!
By the way, I've included this recipe as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays and Tuesdays at the Table. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!