Quick Dinners: Simple Seasoned Salmon
Salmon is one of my favourite fish types that I cook with frequently, at least once a week. It can be pan fried, grilled or oven baked and with just a rough 20 minute cooking time, it makes a perfect quick (and healthy) dinner option.
When my Albanian family are visiting it’s not just Albanian food I cook and we eat, I like to mix it up with a vareity of other dishes with ingredients that you wouldn’t normally eat at home in Albania. This gives them a chance to try new foods along side taste testing all my wonderful dishes for me. My simple seasoned salmon recipe is quick and ready to eat in just 20 minutes plus, it’s healthy too!
When buying Salmon you will often find that it has been filleted for you and you can choose fillets with or without skin. Some supermarkets even sell ready seasoned or flavoured versions. Salmon can also be quite expensive to buy and sometimes buying large and filleting down yourself can be the best option – but this takes time and knowledge on how to, therefore shop around and see what works for you.
My 1st Choice Tesco: Okay, so I didn’t want to recommend a supermarket. I much prefer shopping locally and helping local independant businesses but the size, taste and value for money does mean that on my weekly shop I can get good quality fish delievered. £2 a fillet which are big, I normally buy 3 which covers 2 adults.
My 2nd Choice Lidl: Yes, I know another supermarket… Pack of two fillets for £2, they are quite small so you will need 1 pack per person. The taste is great, even though it comes prepackaged. This would be the a great option if you are looking to cook for larger groups of people or if you just happen to be in the shop, grab some!
My 3rd Choice a Fish Mongers: I have found great quality and size of salmon from Hounslow Quality Fish, a fish mongers in West London. I have found the fillets to be uneven but when it’s just for a quick dish on a late evening it works wonders. £1.50 – £3 per fillet, weighed when ordered.
I’ve experimented with different flavours, ingredients and ways to cook Salmon. My top two recipes are quick and easy to make, very minimal seasoning and served with one or two sides. There is no measuring of ingredients, it just as much or as little as you would like.
Simple Seasoned Salmon Recipe
Place the salmon fillets onto a foil lined baking tray leaving a few centimetres between each one. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and garlic oil (skip or use fresh garlic if you do not have any) over the top. Season with salt, pepper and parsley (finely diced fresh or dried). Lay one slice of lemon on top. Place in the oven on 180 degrees for 20 minutes. I take my salmon out when the thinner edges just start to crisp. Serve with boiled eggs, salad and bread / toast.
Steamed Salmon Parcels Recipe
Lay out a piece of parchment / baking paper ensuring that the sides are slightly longer then the salmon fillets you have. Fold the paper in half and then open it out again. Near the fold on one side, layer some cherry tomatoes and slices of red pepper and then place the Salmon on top. Drizzle some olive oil over and season with salt and pepper. Fold the paper back over and seal the edges altogether with a tight fold all the way around, this should create a loose parcel. Place in the oven on 180 degrees for 20 minutes and then switch the oven off and let the parcel continue to steam for 5 minutes before serving.