How to Cook Salmon
For a low-fuss, light dinner idea that could just as easily wow the members of your book club or woo the object of your affections over candlelight, consider learning how to cook salmon. Cooked just right, salmon has a simple, understated elegance. This heart-healthy fish is also a great source of protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids, so it's good for you, too. You may want to make it your catch of the day any time you're feeling more in the mood for surf than turf.

This recipe for oven-roasted salmon couldn't be easier to prepare. Just brush the filets with a little olive oil, sprinkle on seasoning and toss in the oven. The whole meal takes less than 10 minutes to make--so you can throw together a gourmet dinner even on very short notice. Not only is it great for busy week night meals, but it may just become your go-to recipe for when unexpected company drops by--so keep your freezer stocked with salmon fillets just in case.

Transcript
Hey, everyone. I'm Judith with Recipe.com, and today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make Oven-Roasted Salmon, a quick and easy preparation and a delicious recipe. So, this particular recipe calls for four salmon filets but we're using two this time, and I here have two boneless and skinless 5-ounce salmon filets. I also have a pinch of salt and pepper and I have half a tablespoon of olive oil. I have our shallow baking tray in here which we've lined with aluminum foil. Now, what I'm gonna do is get our salmon filets, place them on our baking dish, and we're gonna do a little bit of basting, so get our olive oil and we're just gonna smother than both sides and this is a really healthy, wonderful, nutritious recipe. Salmon is very, very good for you. A lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for our cardiovascular health and makes your skin glow, if you didn't know that. All right. So, we've done the two sides and we're gonna do some salt and pepper on there, too. I like to be nice and generous with my salt here. Of course, sea salt is the best. All right, that's on, and then let's get our pepper on. Quick sprig of pepper, the side. There we go. Now, we've preheated our oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and these salmon are ready to go in there, and they should take about 8 minutes, but check on it, and when it's flaking, that's when it's ready, so that's going in there. So it's been about 8 minutes. We've taken our salmon out of the oven. Looks delicious, and it's just about done. Now, if you wanna check if it's ready, what you can do is you can see if it flakes easily with a fork, and as you can see, it does so there. Now, of course, a lot of people like to cook salmon to their liking. Some people like it a little bit pink inside, but this is a great way to test if it's just about done, and there you have it. That is a very simple and quick Oven-Roasted Salmon. Well, thanks for watching everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to Recipe.com.
What You'll Need
  • 4  5 - 6  ounces fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets

  • 1   tablespoon olive oil or your favorite flavored oil

  • 1   teaspoon seasoned salt or your favorite salt blend

  • 1/4  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Step By Step
1
Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Measure the thickest portion of the fillet. Brush fish with oil and sprinkle with seasoned salt and black pepper. Place fish in a parchment paper- or foil-lined shallow baking pan.
2
Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree F oven for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.


Serve with a side of fresh steamed seasonal vegetables to complete this nutritious, hearty-healthy dinner.
Can't get enough of this delectable meal? You're in luck--the American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice per week, even for people who are not at high risk for heart disease. So indulge away. Worried about mercury content? While it's true that large fish such as salmon contain small amounts of this toxin, experts agree that the benefits of eating fish far outweigh the risks for most people.
While the basics of how to cook salmon are relatively easy to master, the dish makes such a great impression that it often earns the chef high marks among his or her dinner guests.
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