Salmon proves to be among the healthier things that anyone can eat, because it contains such a great amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, along with various other nutrients. Baking salmon in the over is actually fairly easy, and on top of that, it cooks quickly. This article gives the necessary step by step directions for effectively cooking salmon in the oven.
Ingredients and Materials That You Will Require:
One pound salmon fillet
Fresh lemon wedge
Before you start cooking the salmon, there are a few things that have to be done. First, you should preheat your oven up to three hundred and fifty degrees. While you are waiting for this, you ought to examine your salmon closely. If you see any remaining bones, then take them out immediately and dispose of them.
Preparing the Salmon
In utilizing aluminum foil over the oven tray on which you will bake the fish, you will allow for easier clean up afterward. Put the salmon on the foil lined tray and baste it with real butter, preferably. Margarine does not work so well on the fish. Ensure that the salmon is completely covered over with butter, working it inside all of the little crevices. If you need to soften the butter up for more effective basting, then put it in the microwave for a few seconds. After this, you will want to sprinkle both dried parsley and lemon pepper on the salmon itself. Apply a bit of your fresh lemon juice directly onto the salmon.
Baking the Salmon
Now you are ready to cook the fish. Put the salmon into the preheated oven and use the aluminum foil to loosely cover it. You have to bake the salmon for about twelve to fifteen minutes. The exact amount of time depends on how thick and large the fillets that you are cooking turn out to be. Naturally, bigger and thicker slices of salmon will need greater amounts of time in the oven, while individual serving sizes, or smaller pieces, of salmon will require less time in the oven.
While you are waiting on the salmon, zest the lemon and put it to the side. Once the fish has sat in the oven for about eight minutes, check on the salmon to see how it is cooking. Place a fork inside the thickest section of the fish in order to test it for how flaky it is. Should the salmon prove to be a little raw or too tough, then you need to keep cooking it. Every two minutes, you should check on it using the fork method again. When the salmon is properly cooked, then it will be tender and it will flake once you place the fork inside of it. Once your salmon demonstrates that it is properly cooked and is ready, take it out of the oven and apply the lemon zest to the top of it. Salmon should be served with the tarter sauce, as well as with lemon wedges.
Tips and Ideas
When choosing your salmon fillet, smell it. If it smells fresh like the ocean, then it is fresh and good. If it smells oily or fishy, then it is likely beginning to spoil or go bad.
Do not decide to avoid the butter. This acts as an effective moisturizer while the salmon is cooking. It helps to keep the fish from drying out too much.
Make sure that you do not cook the salmon too much. Otherwise, it will get to be dry and very tough. Both flaky and tender is the ideal consistency of properly baked salmon.