Five Ways to Make a Delicious Salmon Dish Using Your Oven
Salmon is quick and easy to cook, complements a wide variety of flavors and cuisines, and is a very healthy dinner option, packed with protein, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats. In short, it's an ideal choice when you want to get a delicious, healthy family dinner on the table with minimal fuss. Baking is one of the best ways to prepare salmon, and it's especially convenient if you're already using the oven for other components of the meal, such as baked potatoes and roasted vegetables.
Depending on its thickness, salmon takes about 15 to 25 minutes to cook in a hot oven. Here are five simple salmon recipes to bake in the oven:
1. Herb-Crusted Salmon
Make a simple but delicious crust to pile on top of salmon by combining breadcrumbs, minced fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and a little olive oil or melted butter to hold the crumbs together. Herbs that work well with salmon include parsley, basil, tarragon, dill and thyme. Lemon zest, grated Parmesan, minced garlic and finely chopped scallions are nice additions too. Arrange the salmon pieces on a baking sheet, skin-side down;, brush the tops with a little oil or butter, and press the crumbs onto the tops. Make the crust as thick or thin as you desire. Bake the salmon; by the time it's cooked, the crust should be golden and crisp.
2. Honey-Mustard Salmon
Sweet honey and tangy mustard combine to create a sticky glaze that adds piquant flavor to salmon as it cooks in the oven. Whisk together honey, any kind of mustard, minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, plus salt and pepper. You can also add other spices, such as crushed red pepper flakes, paprika and ground ginger. Pour the mixture over salmon pieces in a shallow casserole dish, and bake until the fish is cooked through and the sauce has caramelized on top. If your salmon pieces are very thick, cover the dish with foil until the final 5 minutes of cooking to prevent the sauce from burning.
3. Teriyaki Salmon
Baked teriyaki salmon couldn't be simpler: Pour teriyaki sauce from a bottle over salmon and bake it until it's cooked. For a more complex version, doctor up the sauce with minced fresh garlic and ginger, lime juice and fresh red chilies. A sprinkle of sesame seeds and sliced scallions is a nice touch on top of the salmon. Cook a full dinner on the same sheet pan by baking vegetables, such as broccoli, bell pepper slices and thinly sliced carrots, along with the salmon. They'll get coated in the teriyaki sauce as they cook too, resulting in a cohesive dish. Add a scoop of rice to make the meal more filling.
4. Blackened Salmon
Coat pieces of salmon in olive oil or butter, and rub a liberal amount of Cajun seasoning blend all over it. You can either bake the salmon immediately or refrigerate it for a few hours to marinate and develop a stronger spice flavor. When it's cooked, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of chopped parsley. Note: If you don't have Cajun seasoning, concoct your own with onion and garlic powders, oregano, thyme, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.
5. Creamy Salmon With Garlic and Capers
Slices of salmon, baked in a decadent but simple sauce spiked with salty capers, is perfect for serving over pasta. You might also want to have some warm, crusty bread to dip into the sauce. Slice salmon into pieces, and arrange them in a casserole dish. Dot the salmon with butter, finely diced onion and minced garlic, and add a generous splash of white wine. Cover the dish with foil. Bake it in the oven until the salmon is almost done, then add a swirl of heavy cream, stirring it together with the wine and juices, before returning the dish to the oven. Mushrooms, asparagus and peas are tasty additions.
A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.