Many people find cooking salmon slightly intimidating, but have no fear, it’s actually really easy. You really just want to make sure that you don’t overcook your salmon. Overcooked salmon tends to get dry and nobody likes dry salmon. But when it’s cooked right, you’re rewarded with a piece of fish that is tender, juicy and amazingly delicious! Yes, you can cook perfect salmon.
Here’s a picture of our salmon dinner last night:
If you’ve never cooked a salmon over an open fire, you definitely have try it sometime, (it’s how we usually cook it.) That being said, I know that that’s not practical for most folks, so the next best thing is cooking your salmon on the BBQ.
Our choice of salmon is spring salmon, the fat content (all that omega 3’s) and flavour can’t be beat. Sockeye is pretty good too. When you cook your salmon you want to try to cook it over medium heat, too hot and you run the chance of overcooking it. Season your salmon really well, often times the seasoning falls off a bit during cooking, so don’t be afraid to be liberal in your seasoning. I like using just salt and pepper myself.
Oil up your rack. Place your salmon skin down on your BBQ and let it cook for a bit. When you first start seeing that lovely white fat appearing, flip your salmon and let it cook a few minutes on the other side. When cooking with higher heat (or over an open fire especially) it can get tricky flipping your fish. We use these high heat gloves and they are awesome to work with around a fire, camping etc. We use a custom salmon cooking rack that we’ve been using forever (it’s just rigged up with oven racks.) It makes flipping the fish easy. You can buy something similar here.
After a few minutes, flip your salmon back over to the skin side down. You’ll know your salmon is close to being finished when you see a lot of that healthy omeaga 3 fat, seeping out. As you get better with cooking salmon (and knowing it’s done by feel,) go ahead and grab a fork and gently try to flake the salmon in the thickest part. As soon as it pulls away, your good to go. If you feel any resistence, it’s not quite done.
It’s really that easy to cook the perfect salmon! The key is making sure you don’t overcook it. Go ahead and try cooking some for dinner tonight!
Looking for a wicked fillet knife? We love this one.
When buying store bought salmon, ensure that you are buying wild caught salmon only. Fish farms located in coastal waters are having a negative effect on wild salmon stocks. If buying farmed salmon, make sure it’s been farmed on land.
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