Monday, May 27, 2013

My 3 favorite ways to cook Salmon

Having a Memorial Day BBQ? Want to make something a little different then the regular hot dogs and hamburgers? Grab a salmon filet while your at the store and try out one of my favorite ways to cook Salmon!


When my husband and I were dating he went to Alaska to go fishing. He brought home freezers full of halibut and salmon. Lets just say it took us years and years to eat it all! I had to get creative of ways to prepare it. I have tried multiple ways to cook fish. I decided today to share my 3 favorite ways to eat Salmon filets. They are all very different. Sometimes I even cut a large piece of salmon in 2 and prepare it 2 different ways for dinner. My kids (which can be very picky eaters at times) are now fish-eaten boys! And I love it! My eldest favorite is the "Secret Sauce Salmon" and my middle son's favorite is the "Pecan Crunch Coating Salmon". Give these a try and let me know which one is your favorite!








Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating

1Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1 3/4 teaspoon honey
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspooons Italian bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons pecans, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
2 (4 oz) salmon fillets
salt and pepper
2 lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, butter, honey. In another bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley.
Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush with mustard-honey mixture. Cover the top of each fillet with bread crumb mixture.
Bake for 10 minutes per inch of thickness (measure at thickest part) or until salmon flakes when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.









Secret Salmon Sauce

Salmon (1 1/2 lbs)
1 teaspoon garlic, fresh minced
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Melt butter over low heat. Add remaining ingredients (besides the salmon) and heat through. Cover cookie sheet with 2 layers of foil and place salmon fillet skin-side down. Brush with sauce. Fold salmon up (pic below).  Close grill top. Grill for 12-18 minutes or until fish begins to flake. (Taste best when grilled hot with smoke chips)










Salmon on the Grill



Salmon (about 1lb filet)
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 Lemons
1/2 cup butter (sliced)
1 teaspoon dill

Double your foil. Place salmon on foil, put pats of butter all the way down the salmon, along with slices of lemon. Sprinkle with garlic salt and dill. Wrap up in foil and place on grill for 15-20 minutes on low. Put lid down (so you dont have to flip) When the salmon turns light and its flaky when tested with a fork it is done.
I love to serve this with rice and steamed veggies!
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