An Easy Way to Prepare an Elegant Salmon Meal

An Easy Way to Prepare an Elegant Salmon Meal

Home cooks who do not live in salmon country are frequently intimidated by the idea of preparing salmon dishes in their own kitchen. Many of them have only tasted salmon while dining at a high-quality restaurant and believe that only those with superior culinary skills are able to properly prepare it. However, this is not the case. Salmon is easy to cook once certain techniques are learned and put into practice. The biggest mistake that most home cooks make when trying to cook salmon is to do too much to it. The secret to creating an excellent salmon dinner is to select the best possible fish and to do as little to it as possible.

One of the easiest and most flavorful ways to prepare a salmon dish worthy of being served in the world’s best restaurants is to simply brush it with a glaze, wrap it foil and bake it for a few minutes. The type of glaze or marinade should be kept simple because salmon doesn’t take well to strong, competing flavors. One of the simplest yet tastiest glazes to use on salmon is an easy mixture of wildflower honey and mustard. Garlic and dill sauces also work well with salmon. The ultimate sauce for brushing on salmon prior to baking, however, involves the type of berries found growing in regions where wild salmon is abundant. Following is a recipe for salmon baked with blueberry glaze. The proportions are not exact because precision isn’t necessary with this recipe. This works best with salmon filets cut into individual portions rather than with salmon steaks.

Salmon Baked in Blueberry Glaze

 

Ingredients:

  • Salmon filets cut into individual portions
  • Freshly picked blueberries
  • Lemon juice
  • A light bodied honey such as fireweed honey
  • Bottle of Pinot Noir (leave plenty for drinking with dinner)

 

Directions:

Mix equal parts of berries and wine into a medium saucepan and turn the heat on low. Add half as much lemon juice as honey and stir constantly as the mixture heats. Do not allow it to come to a boil. It is not necessary for the berries to completely dissolve into the liquid. Allow the mixture to simmer until it’s reduced to the consistency of a stout fruit syrup.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit while the sauce is simmering. After the sauce has been removed from the stove and has cooled slightly, brush it liberally onto the salmon. Wrap the salmon in foil and bake for 20 minutes.