Eating salmon is a good way to consume omega 3 fatty acids. It's also a good source of protein and vitamin D. Salmon also has the advantage that it tastes great too. Learning how to cook salmon properly is a valuable skill if you enjoy food and like to eat healthily.
You will need about 6 ounces of salmon per person. Try to purchase salmon with skin on it. Also try to ensure that the salmon comes from the part of the fish that is the thickest. When you get home, remove the skin and bones before you cook the salmon. Remove the bones one at a time by pulling them out in the same direction of the grain of the salmon fillets.
To Poach Salmon:
For a quick but effective way to poach salmon, put the fillets in a buttered dish. Next, cover the dish with plastic wrap and cook in the microwave for between 3 and 5 minutes. Turn the fillets once during cooking. You can pour a little white wine over the fillets before cooking to add flavor.
Alternatively, poach your salmon in a deep skillet on the hob. Cover the fish with wine or water ( or a mixture of both). Heat the liquid until it is simmering but keep it below boiling point. Poach it for between 8 and 10 minutes. The salmon is cooked when it is opaque.
To Grill Salmon:
Grilling or barbecuing salmon is easy. It is also usually the healthiest way to cook fish. When grilling salmon fillets, make sure that you put the fish as far from the source of the heat as possible. This will stop them burning. Put oil on the fish itself rather than on the grill. This will stop it sticking. Heat up the grill for 5 minutes or so before putting the fish on it. You can season the salmon before you cook it, but don't use salt prior to grilling. Salt will take out juices that need to stay in the fish for a good result.
To Roast (or Broil) Salmon:
Roasting salmon more slowly will ensure that it retains its full flavor. So, if you have time, think about slow roasting it. Put oil on the fish itself to prevent sticking, then place it on a baking tray. Preheat the oven to around 200 degrees and put the baking tray on a middle shelf. Cook for about 30 minutes. Regularly check the fish during cooking and turn it over once to make sure it is evenly cooked on both sides.
Once you know how to cook salmon properly you will find it is a versatile staple for healthy meals. You can also use marinades and spices to add to the flavor. Since salmon is full of flavor anyway, however, you may find that just adding a little olive oil and lemon is adequate.