One thing I can always be certain of is that a nice piece of salmon will always get the job done. Salmon is such a versatile fish that I use it in my cooking almost on a weekly basis. I have been known to pan-fry it, deep fry it, bake, broil, grill, stuff and even make salmon cakes out of leftover salmon. The simplest way and my personal favorite is to load it down spices and fresh lemon and let it just bake in that beauty. Some say just salt with salmon does the trick for a nice coating but I say salt and sugar is the key. Yes of course I am southern and we like to put salt and sugar together in just about anything we can get our hands on but honestly it is the perfect combination to bring out the best in the salmon. The salt and sugar crust during baking acts like a clay oven, keeping the fish succulent and leaving you with that nice sweet and salty flavor we all adore so much. We do adore it Right?
I had not intended on sharing this recipe. I mean I had intentions on one day sharing but not this particular day because I wasn’t pleased with the way the pictures turned out. However, after a discussion with a complete stranger last week over why she never cooks fish for her family I thought I needed to bring in the big guns and give you my go-to, never fail, salmon recipe.
This is easy and something you can easily prepare early in the morning so it is ready to pop in the oven at dinner time. Don’t let the thought of that fishy smell push you away. The woman I noted having spoken to last week about fish explained to me that she doesn’t like that fishy smell when cooking fish, which is why she doesn’t cook fish. NOTE: Your piece of salmon should never smell too fishy but a little” seafood smell is completely normal. If you need to soak this bad boy in a little milk before seasoning it then by all means do it . The milk will help remove some of that fishy smell and get you on your way to a succulent dinner. However, again, note that any fish you pick up from the market should never have a strong odor to it. If it does then it might not be good:(
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- 2 large salmon fillets with skin. or 4 small fillets- recipe is for a total of approx 2 lbs of salmon
- 2 large lemons, sliced
- half bunch of green onions, sliced in half vertically
- 1½ TBSP fine sea salt
- 4 TBSP sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons pure olive oil
- Stir together the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and mustard. Pat the fillets with olive oil and then generously rub down the salmon fillets with the sugar and salt mixture.
- Preheat the oven to 450°. Place salmon in a large baking dish skin side down and arrange the lemon slices and green onions on the salmon and around it. Bake the salmon for 20 minutes or so depending on the size and thickness of the salmon you are using.Serve with a nice salad or roasted potatoes