When you learn a few of the basics on how to cook salmon, one of the most flavorful fish varieties will become your new “go-to” seafood entre when you want to impress your guests. We will help you with the salmon cooking times and the proper oven temperatures for the various ways to prepare your dish along with suggested tools for making the process stress free.
In our site, we will explore grilling salmon, cedar plank salmon, how to bake salmon and pan-fried salmon. But before we get to cooking you will need to know the basics about choosing the best salmon. If you already have your salmon and don’t need help with the selection process just click the link below for tips on how to cook salmon. Let’s get started.
Choosing the Best Salmon
The first consideration is where to buy your salmon. You can choose a local fishmonger or the local grocery store. Your best choice for freshness and expertise will be the local fishmonger. As a specialist in fish, this person can help you a lot with tips on freshness and cooking tips. The next choice will be a supermarket with a fresh fish counter. Or as a last resort, you can buy your salmon frozen. For frozen salmon, you just need to be sure it is flash frozen and has a best before date on it.
Next, you need to test for freshness. Fish begins to spoil immediately and quickly. A simple test is the finger test. When you press it with your finger the flesh should not leave a fingerprint, it should spring back. Another tip is to follow your nose. Fresh fish should smell like the sea but should never have a strong fish odor. If you are looking for the whole salmon you will want to check that the eyes are clear and dark black, not milky and sunken.
Lastly, you will have several choices of Salmon to pick from, wild, farm-raised and organic. Wild salmon is considered the best and will be more expensive. It is worth it in our opinion. Farm-raised will usually be a bit lighter in color and will have more fat since this fish has never needed to fight for a meal! Organic salmon farming is structured by organic institutions. Their goal is to farm in a more natural environment where the fish have more space. The intent is to let the fish mature naturally with limited use of chemicals and antibiotics so that it is as close to wild salmon as possible.
Now that you know what to look for and have chosen your salmon, let’s get cooking!