The words fancy and gourmet are usually associated with high-end restaurants. However, with the right guidance and recipe, you can also create a gourmet dish without leaving your house. While most people would usually pick beef for their main meal, a properly cooked salmon fillets are for those who are into a healthy lifestyle or in a diet.
Salmon is perfect for a romantic dinner with a loved one. With just little preparation time, you can impress your in-laws with an excellent salmon dinner as well. Nevertheless, regardless of the occasion, salmon’s distinct taste is always there to impress.
Salmon is regarded by some as a rather expensive meat. While this must be true in some cases, salmon is still relatively affordable compared to beef, and also much healthier.
Some people are intimidated to cook salmon. This usually led to overcooked or improperly cooked salmon, which ruins the taste. The key to cooking an excellent salmon is simplicity. Salmon tastes great even with just a handful of added ingredients. A dash of salt and pepper is enough to add taste to the already great meat. People usually overthink the way on how to deal with salmon. With this mentality, they usually add unnecessary ingredients that only ruins the taste of the salmon.
Salmon is also very easy to cook. Something that makes it a great choice for those who have limited time to prepare a meal.
1 pound salmon fillets with skin still intact
For this dish you will need a roasting pan or baking sheet, and a roll of aluminum foil. Make sure to preheat the oven at 425 degrees F. Line the roasting pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil. This will make sure that the fillets will not stick on the roasting pan.
Before adding any seasoning, make sure that the salmon is dry. You can do this by simply drying it with a paper towel.
Drizzle some olive oil on each salmon fillet and rub it so that each fillet each evenly coated with oil. After that, sprinkle the fillet with salt and pepper to taste.
Place the salmon on the roasting pan, making sure that the skin side is facing down. Cook it in the oven for about 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of each fillets. Most salmon fillets are about an inch thick, so for a rather rare touch, cook it for about four minutes. A thoroughly cooked salmon will probably take around 6 to 8 minutes to achieve.
You can easily check if the salmon is properly cooked when it is easily flaked. When the salmon is flaked easily with a fork, it means it is already cooked. Take it out of the oven, squeeze some lemon and serve immediately.
If there are any leftovers, you can just store it in a fridge. Leftover salmon can last for about five days. Should you feel the need to eat one, you can just reheat it in a microwave.