Easy Weeknight Salmon
If you’re anything like the rest of us, cooking a healthy dinner on a weeknight is a challenge to say the least. Whether you’re a working mom or a single dad, the struggle to put good food on the table is real!
That’s what makes fresh salmon so appealing. It’s easy to prepare, extremely versatile in how one can serve it and it continues to be an affordable fresh fish. It can be baked, steamed or grilled.
It’s also amazingly healthy. Who knew something so delicious could also be so good for you, too?
Health Benefits of Salmon
· Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids – the GOOD fats!
· Natural source of Vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium and keeps our bones strong
· Heart healthy, according to the American Heart Association.
You’ll also be happy to know that mercury levels in salmon are some of the lowest. So individuals can safely consume salmon, shrimp, catfish, pollock or light canned tuna about two times each week. Even better, the fresh caught fish sold at Midtown Market are free of chemicals and antibiotics.
While salmon is delicious, it does present a challenge. It is sometimes easy to overcook in the oven or burn on the grill. Here are some simple tips that will make salmon a delicious main dish on your weeknight meal plan.
In the Oven:
- When cooking salmon in the oven remove the skin.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
On the Grill:
- When grilling, it's best to leave the salmon skin on. Cook the fish with the skin side down. Let the skin get crispy. Then flip the fish over and the skin will be easy to remove. This method helps prevent overcooking or burning the fish.
- Grill salmon for 10 to 12 minutes.
If you’re looking to jazz up the menu this week, our resident grill master Ricky Rowell suggests the Wild Alaskan Salmon Rub. It’s a flavorful, dry rub that works well on the grill or in the oven. Another tasty option is Captain Rodney's Tequila Lime Glaze. It's a sweet and spicy glaze that pairs well with salmon’s natural flavor. Because the glaze contains a high sugar content, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your fish when grilling in order to prevent burning.
For other tips and suggestions talk to one of our associates. They are full of helpful information and happy to assist.