|Dinner with Jay: Salmon|
Sep 5th, 2008
Okay, I'll admit Jay didn't really pick out this recipe as much as I cajoled him into it. Salmon is one of the few types of seafood that Jay enjoys, so when I came across some nice salmon at the store I decided to see if I could find a simple, easy preparation (ideally involving lots of butter) and talk him into helping out.
We actually made this a few months ago when Copper River salmon were in the stores here in Seattle. Despite the fact that I live in Seattle, salmon has actually never been one of my favorite fish, in fact I usually find it kind of boring. I haven't done a lot of taste tasting between types of salmon, and I wasn't entirely sold on the idea of shelling out gold bullion for a few fillets of fish just because it had the title 'Copper River - wild caught' on it. So I bought a smidge of the expensive stuff, and more of your basic farm raised Atlantic salmon, figuring I'd be lucky if I could force this stuff down my kids gullets at all, let alone pause to enjoy the subtle delights of expensive fish.
But you know what, when all was said and done, I would have been better off just buying as much of the Copper River as I could afford and leaving it at that. The difference in color and texture between the two was quite impressive - the Copper River being firm with an actual salmon color while the farmed salmon was an anemic pink and kind of squishy. And the taste - alright I'll admit it - the Copper River was so much better. And I should know because I was the one forced to eat up the rest of the farmed salmon for lunch the next two days. There were no leftovers of the wild-caught fish.
The preparation itself was super easy, and definitely kid-friendly. If you've got some picky eaters who you think might be ready to try seafood, I would recommend buying a small quantity of the best quality salmon out there, and giving this recipe a whirl.
Roasted Salmon with Garlic ButterServes 42 Garlic Cloves
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
3 Tablespoons Butter
1.5 Pounds Salmon, Cut into 4 Pieces
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Fresh Minced Parsley
Lemon Wedges for Garnish
Preheat Oven to 400 F. Mash the garlic into a paste witht the salt and pepper on a cutting board. Add butter and mash into the garlic paste.
In a baking dish, arrange the salmon in a single layer and top it with the garlic butter. Drizzle with the lemon juice. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve with the lemon wedges.