Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Simple Salmon (My Favorite Preparation)

It's hard to believe that I only started liking salmon about 4 years ago.  I'm a Cod and Halibut kind of girl.  Salmon had too strong a flavor for my tastes.  But one summer, after reading all the health benefits of salmon, I was determined to make myself like this pink fish. 

My Handsome Hubby happens to love salmon, so he was very happy to see this addition to our menu.  I must have made salmon two to three times a week for about 2 months.  Eventually, I came to like the flavor, mission accomplished!

In this quest to enjoy salmon, I tried many different preparations.  From a citrus rub, to brown sugar glazes, to seafood soup.  And after all that, my favorite preparation is insanely simple and seasons the salmon with two simple ingredients: Olive Oil and Kosher Salt.  The salt melts and forms a delicious crust on the outside of the meat that is so heavenly.

Having further developed my palate for salmon, I will only buy and eat wild-caught salmon, preferably Alaskan Salmon.  My dad lives in Alaska and keeps me stocked with Halibut and Salmon when I request, so I'm a bit spoiled and prefer to not eat anything different, or farmed with color added.  Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon has a deep flavor and vibrant color, it makes the farm-raised Atlantic salmon look just sad. Ok, so I guess I'm a seafood snob.

Tonight's salmon, I bought on sale at the store and was wild-caught sockeye salmon, yum!

One fillet was enough for my husband and I to both have seconds (yep, we like salmon that much), feed the baby, and have enough left over for lunches for all three of us tomorrow.  Oh Boy, I can't wait to have this for lunch tomorrow...

You are going to be amazed at how simple this is to prepare, and even more amazed at how delicious and perfect this salmon is.  Your tastebuds will thank you!

Simple Salmon
By Athena

1 Wild-Caught Salmon Fillet
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs Kosher Salt - or more to your liking, I tend to like a little more

Preheat oven to Broil.  Line a cookie sheet with sides or a broiler pan with aluminum foil (optional).  Place salmon on sheet or pan and brush with olive oil.  Sprinkle fillet with kosher salt.  Broil on 2nd to top shelf in the oven until the fish flakes easily (about 10 - 12 minutes).  Enjoy!


  1. Definitely printing this one out! It was delicious in Oregon!

  2. Simple but so delicious. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a lovely week.

  3. Nothing better than a 3-ingredient recipe. Nice!! This looks very tasty. Please don't forget to like us on Facebook Thank you for linking to Foodie Friday!

  4. Mmm! Looks Yummy! I love salmon!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  5. Sometimes the most simple of ingredients make the best dishes!

  6. simple and so healthy you lucky girl with your own salmon source.

  7. Love tat there are only three ingredients! Thanks for sharing

  8. So simple and easy! I just picked up some sockeye today, and now I know how I'm cooking it up :) Thanks for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

  9. I love salmon and this looks so easy!

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  10. Athena,
    I've been on a salmon kick for the last several years myself. Thanks for sharing another easy way to make it! So glad you posted this on my Melt in Your Mouth Blog Hop!

  11. I love simple! And I'm going to try this next time I have salmon around.

    My son turned me on to a simple recipe that I've been using for the past couple of years. You might like it, too: Just melt butter in a frying pan and while it's getting hot sprinkle curry on one side of each piece. Place pieces into the pan (curry side down) and then sprinkle curry on top. Cook until done. Easy peasy!

    1. I like curry, I'll have to try that. :) I just won't tell my hubby, he hates curry... :)

  12. Made this for dinner again! Delicious. Made 3x the servings that I would normally eat for dinner with Tim, and now I have a yummy nutritious lunch for the next couple of days! Yum!


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