Saturday, April 30, 2011
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Roasted Salmon
Without a doubt our favorite protein is salmon. We eat it as least once a week - usually on Friday nights for a special treat. In the past, we typically cooked it at a high temperature on the grill, stove top, or oven for just a few minutes to end up with fish cooked no more than medium. And, we always loved it.... that was until we tried roasting our salmon at a very low temperature for a substantially longer amount of time. All I can say is - it's like buttah (aka butter). It literally melts in your mouth, it is foodie heaven, if we could eat only one meal for the rest of our lives it would be this!
I first prepared salmon this way for Alfred's birthday dinner - we have since decided this is the only way we will cook our salmon. You can use any seasonings you like, we usually keep things simple to allow the flavor of the fish to shine through. Our typical seasoning consists of a bit of minced garlic and/or herbs, sea salt and pepper.
Slow Roasted Salmon:
Honestly, this isn't so much a "recipe" as a very simple cooking method.
Thick Salmon Fillet - Really try to get the thickest one available, allow for 6-8oz per person
Sea Salt and Pepper
Additional Herbs and Spices of your choice (e.g., garlic, basil, parsley, cilantro)
1) Cut the salmon into individual portions about 6-8oz each, leave the skin on.
2) Coat each portion in a bit of olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings You can let it marinate for a couple of hours if you like - but it isn't necessary.
3) Place the fillets in a baking dish that will allow a little space between each one. Let the fish sit at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
4) 30 minutes prior to cooking, preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.
Prepare for extreme pleasure!
*In the picture above, our salmon is topped with a bit cucumber salad - diced seedless cucumber, red onion, tomato, lime juice, cilantro, and sea salt.
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