Monday, August 26, 2013

simple salmon

The night after we made homemade pizza dough, I made salmon for the first time. Another thing that now that I've done it, I'm not sure what I was scared of. Two firsts in a row!

Our local grocery store had wild Alaskan salmon on sale and I just couldn't pass it up. This piece is a little over a pound, which I guess could probably serve more than two people, but we love salmon. :)

I bought it on my way home from work and it was in the oven within an hour. I have seen plenty of different recipes for salmon, but for my first try I wanted to keep it simple and impossible to mess up. Plus I love the flavor of the fish on it's own.

simple salmon
salmon filets {one large one, or individual portions}
olive oil
2 large lemons

Pre-heat your oven to 450*. Thinly slice the lemons {I used 1 1/2 lemons under the salmon and cut the other half into wedges for serving}, then lightly coat the bottom of your baking dish with olive oil and lay out the lemons. Put your salmon filet on top of the lemon slices. Put a light coat of olive oil on the salmon and then season with salt and pepper, or whatever else you prefer.

Pop it in the oven and set your timer for 15 minutes. I ended up adding 5 minutes after checking the temperature with a meat thermometer. It is recommended you cook salmon to an internal temperature of about 140*. If you are doing individual filets, your time will probably be shorter.

It was cooked perfectly. Nice and flaky, but super moist. I served it up with steamed broccoli, rosemary pan-roasted potatoes and a couple lemon wedges.

Wild Alaskan salmon doesn't come around these parts very often, so you know we ate the whole pound. Even the kitties each got a tiny little piece - they were in heaven! 

And another one marked off the thirty before thirty list... better keep the momentum going!

xoxo, christa

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