Because of salmon’s health benefits, including high amounts of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it is a healthy fish that can be eaten often. It is also a fish that is abundant, and, according to the New England Aquarium, it is an ocean-friendly seafood choice because of the small impact on the environment salmon fishing has. There are many different ways to cook salmon and even more ways of adding it into a recipe. Austin culinary arts students should keep this in mind when they are cooking with salmon. Salmon, because it is so versatile, can be added into recipes for every meal of the day.
Salmon for breakfast
The food you eat in the morning will often revolve around eggs, so why not add some salmon to those eggs to change it up? Make a salmon frittata or a salmon, onion and green pepper omelet. Top the frittata or omelet with your favorite cheese. In addition to those two suggestions, you can also just saute salmon in a skillet with some butter, pepper, and a little kosher salt. Try throwing a poached egg on top to finish it off.
Salmon for lunch
Lunch, for most of us, consists of a sandwich. The good thing about sandwiches is that they can be altered in tons of different ways. Try a salmon and mashed avocado sandwich with some mixed greens, onion and light mayonnaise. Or, for something a little different, consider making a wrap. Try wrapping some smoked salmon, rice, avocado and a sauce of your choice in a large tortilla. If you’re taking your lunch to work, put your sandwich or wrap in the bottom of the refrigerator where it’s coldest.
Salmon for dinner
When it comes to dinner, salmon really shines. It can be baked, grilled or sauteed, and topped or eaten with a side of vegetables; or, it can be included in dishes like twice-baked potatoes, deviled eggs or salads. Salmon can be the focus of the meal or just an ingredient in a complex side or appetizer. Salmon croquettes work great as the appetizer to a main course of pasta and steamed vegetables.
Salmon for a snack
Two kinds of salmon dominate most salmon-based snack recipes: smoked salmon and lox. The difference between the two is the preparation. Lox is cured with either salt or brine and is never actually cooked. Smoked salmon is cooked in a smoker and thus has a different texture and a more smoky flavor. Both types of salmon can be eaten on crackers, toasted bread or celery as a snack. Eating salmon as a snack, either before or after dinner, can allow you to get an extra boost of lean, low-calorie protein in your diet.