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How to Cook Salmon

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How to Cook Salmon

Salmon is one of those dishes that simply screams “sophistication”. It's a meal that, when served, is guaranteed to make your dinner seem more refined than it normally would. But, for many, they can't help but wonder how to cook salmon. What's the easiest way? Well, the recipe here is simple, easy to follow, and quick!

Quality of the Salmon

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Obviously, you'll want to choose the best salmon that you can afford. But, one of the best ways to save money and to go easy on yourself while cooking salmon for the first time is to avoid buying the salmon steaks. Instead, go with the salmon fillets. This way, it will cook faster, be easier to prepare, and cost less.

Basic Equipment

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There are only truly essential two pieces of equipment that you need in order to cook salmon:

  • A roasting pan or cookie sheet
  • Some tin foil

You should also have a fork on hand, in order to test the fish. (Feel free to use a fork from a place setting; we won't tell anyone!)

Simple Ingredients

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The ingredients for cooking salmon in the oven are just about as basic as you can get. All that you need are enough salmon fillets for everyone, some olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon. For more advance varieties, you may wish to have garlic, other herbs, or even breadcrumbs available to garnish it with. But, for now, basic will do.

Prep Work

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First, you'll want to preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, with the rack placed in the middle. Next, line your roasting pan or baking sheet with the foil. After that, make sure your salmon is dry by patting it with a paper towel. Once that's done, drizzle oil over the top of each individual fillets, and rub it over the entire piece of fish. Then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Place in the oven.

Quick Cooking!

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Once you've popped the fish into the oven, don't go too far; salmon cooks very quickly! The general rule of thumb is four to six minutes for every half inch of fish. Because the average size of a fillet is an inch or so thick, you could have your dinner ready in as little as eight minutes.

Checking the Fish

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If you suspect that your fish is done, then it's time to test it. Using  fork, try to flake a piece of the salmon. If it flakes easily, then it's done. If it doesn't, then it needs to cook a while longer. You can also use a thermometer. Look for a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Little Details

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When your fish is done, you're going to want to eat it as soon as possible. But, before digging in, take some of the lemon mentioned in the ingredients list and give it a little squirt of it. The hint of lemon sets off the taste of the fish nicely, and your guests will be sure to notice.

Salmon is a great way to have a delicious, refined dinner at a lower cost with less skill and experience. With just a few ingredients, minimal equipment, and a few minutes' time, you can have a delicious dinner that only seems expensive!

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