We partnered up with our friends at Alaska Seafood for one of our latest contests—Your Best Recipe with Salmon. Now, in celebration of "Alaska Wild Salmon Day" on August 10, here are some of our favorite tips the contest winners taught us about cooking salmon.
You probably have your favorite way to cook salmon. Maybe you roast it. Or, maybe, you place it on a cedar plank, close the grill, and let those two sizzle and smoke.
But if we've learned anything from one of our latest contests, Your Best Recipe with Salmon, it's that little techniques—like not tossing your corn husks and instead using them to imbue sweet, corny, smoky flavor to whatever you're grilling—make all the difference between average fillets and something you'll make over and over again.
So, we looked to the contest's winners (congrats, aargersi!) and Community Picks to find 9 of our favorite tips for cooking salmon. Check them out—and don't forget to add your favorite tip for cooking salmon in the comments below:
2.) Shallot Topped Salmon & Jade Rice: Placing your aromatics, like shallots and red onion, on top of the fish is an easy way to infuse flavor into the fish while it cooks (and an easy way to cook the vegetables, too!).
4.) Perfect Roast Salmon: Coat fish with mayonnaise instead of oil to add flavor and moisture. Then, don’t oil or grease foil when roasting skin-on fillets so that you can easily remove the fillets, leaving the skin on the baking sheet.
5.) One-Pan Salmon with Spicy Creamed Greens and Tomatoes: Creamed greens aren’t just a side for barbecue—they’re a great bed for seafood, too, and an easy way to cook salmon without worrying about overcooking the bottoms or flipping the fillets. This recipe uses collard greens, but any sturdy green, like kale, would also be lovely.
9.) Quick-Smoked Grilled Salmon: Yes, you can smoke AND grill salmon at the same time. By using both coals and wood chips, you get perfectly cooked fish with a hint of smokiness in just 10 minutes.
Have a favorite salmon cooking tip? Tell us in the comments below!
It's summer harvest season in salmon country, so we partnered up with our friends at Alaska Seafood for one of our latest contests—Your Best Recipe with Salmon. Five species of wild salmon are available from Alaska—king, sockeye, coho, keta, and pink. Learn more about them here.