Heart Talk: 7 Easy Ways to Cook Salmon
Through its health benefits, salmon had become one of the most popular healthy foods in the world today. This food is packed with protein and is rich with the two powerful omega 3s, DHA and EPA, making it great for the heart. Since the body can’t naturally produce the omega-3 fatty acids, we take it from the food we eat. That is why, it is highly noted that we must encourage our children as young as possible to love salmon and make it part of their menu.
The challenge is how we can do that when kids are very much prone to “food boredom”. In this case, let us help you address your problem with 7 of our suggested salmon dishes!
Baked Salmon Cakes
Baked salmon cakes shows off the “creative-mommy-in-you” and, surely, your kids will appreciate them. This is also a great dish for working moms because its preparation is quick and easy. All you need to do is to mix all ingredients, put the mixture in a muffin cups with cooking spray, set the oven and bake it at 425˚ in 10-15 minutes. And there you go! This salmon dish is best served with a homemade sauce on the side.
Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze
Kids are naturally born with sweet tooth and this will make them appreciate the salmon with brown sugar glaze dish. You only need the cooking, stirring and baking technique to successfully put this dish to your dining table. All you have to do is to prepare the brown sugar mixture and, once done, pour it over the top of the salmon and bake it (uncovered) for 20-25 minutes at 350˚.
Another recipe is the balsamic-glazed salmon dish, which provides a savoury taste and mouth-watering aroma. The perfect blend of its flavour makes it highly irresistible to your family especially to your kids. Their adventurous taste buds will certainly appreciate the balsamic vinegar blend with wine, spices and herbs. All you need to do is to sauté garlic with oil and stir in other ingredients, such as vinegar, mustard, wine, honey, salt and pepper, and bring it to boil until slightly thickened. Then, brush the prepared fillet with sauce and sprinkle some oregano on top and put it in the oven, uncovered, for 15-18 minutes at 425˚. Brush the remaining sauce before serving.
This next salmon dish is the top rated, most-picked by husbands due its intense, luscious flavour. At the same time, most wives believe that this is the easiest salmon dish to prepare. Here’s why!
The orange salmon dish takes only 5 ingredients to prepare and you are good to go. The basic step in preparing this dish is to combine the Cajun seasoning with the brown sugar and marinate your fillet using this mixture. After doing so, you can now cook your fillet over medium heat for around 3-4 minutes, each side, in a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Then, add marmalade and lime juice to intensify the luscious flavouring of the salmon. Heat through and serve.
Smoked Salmon Quiche Dish
If you are having a hard time to get your kids to eat salmon, why not try it with pastry and cheese? Most kids, if not all, are cheese lovers. You can even ask some help from them in the preparation stage. It will create a lot of fun for you and your kids. To do so, unroll pastry dough in a lightly floured surface and transfer to a pie pan once ready. You can either choose a ready-to-use pastry dough in groceries or create it from scratch. In a separate bowl, combine cheese and flour and transfer the mixture to the prepared pastry. Afterwards, sauté tomatoes and onion in oil and remove from the heat once tender. Mix in salmon and spoon over to the existing cheese mixture. To finish the process, whisk the eggs, milk and salt and pour into pastry. Then, bake for 35-40 minutes with a 350˚ temperature.
Baked Strawberry Salmon
If you want to be a culinary genius in the eyes of your family and friends, try the baked strawberry salmon dish at home and you’ll never run out of appreciative comments around the table. Marinating the salmon before putting it into the oven is the key for its intense savoury taste. Combine all ingredients in a re-sealable pack (soy sauce, lemon juice, mustard, pepper and salmon fillet). Then, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Afterwards, drain the salmon and place it in a baking dish and spoon strawberry preserves on top of it. Then bake the fillet uncovered for 15-20 minutes at 375˚.
Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce
Forget the saucy, let’s take it creamy! This salmon dish had surpassed the standards of other creamy salmon treats ever made. Its sour cream sauce needs a careful touch of seasoning because it needs not to overpower the delicate salmon flavour. To prepare, place the fillet in a greased baking pan with the salmon skin side down on foil and sprinkle the fillet with a lemon-pepper and onion salt to taste. Then top the fillet onion and lemon with a little touch of butter. Fold foil around the salmon fillet and seal. Put it into the oven for 20 minutes at 350˚. When done, open the foil carefully and allow the steam to pass through. Then broil the fillet 4-6 inches from the heat for 8-12 minutes.
In a separate bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped onion, lemon juice, horseradish, dill weed, garlic sauce and pepper to create a mouth-watering sour cream sauce perfect for this salmon dish!