25 June 2013

Tasty Tuesdays {Easy Baked Salmon}

This is such an easy recipe I'm almost embarrassed to share it.  But I find that so many people (myself previously included) are afraid of cooking fish at home.  Several years ago I began to buy fish for my husband and myself to bake or grill because it was an inexpensive and healthy alternative to beef and chicken.  We discovered that we really do like it at home and not just in restaurants!  And since having kiddos I am happy to report that they love fish also.  Baked salmon (or even tilapia) is always a popular meal in our home.  This is a great meal anytime, but especially in the summertime because it prepares and cooks quickly and doesn't feel "heavy".  If there are leftovers, they work great in salmon salad or in salmon patties.  

Easy Baked Salmon
Enough fillets for everyone
butter or olive oil
seasoning of choice
(we like Old Bay Seasoning, lemon pepper, 
salt & pepper, and seasoned salt)
Preheat oven to 350F.

Place your fillets in a large glass baking dish.  If you are using frozen 
fillets thaw them beforehand (I often do this quickly by placing them--
still in their individual wrapping--in a bowl of cool water for just about 10 
minutes or so).  

If using butter, melt it in a small bowl and brush it over the tops of the fillets.
If using olive oil, do the same.  You can also use spray olive oil.

Sprinkle over the seasoning that you desire and you're ready to pop it in 
the oven.  Bake for about 15 minutes, maybe longer if you have a lot of fillets.
You should check it by about 12 minutes though.  Your salmon will be done
when it easily flakes when tested with a fork.  

Salmon is also wonderful on the grill.

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