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This Is The Best Way To Cook Salmon

Delish logo Delish 4/20/2018 Lauren Miyashiro
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If you’re new to cooking or not super confident in your skills, salmon can be a little intimidating. Which side do you sear first? What color pink should it be? How do you know when it’s done?! Please stop panicking, and cook more salmon.

It's not only because you need that fish oil - which you do. It's that salmon can be one of the easiest things in the world to cook! The trick is to ditch the skillet (or the grill), and bake it as a big slab. Trust me, though it looks impressive and fancy as heck, it’s amazingly simple. Anyone can do this.

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First, let’s talk fish. You’re still buying a fillet - you’re just not slicing it (or asking the fish guy to slice it). Aim for about a ½ pound per person if you think people are hungry, because salmon can be uncomfortably filling.


To prepare the salmon, line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and grease foil with cooking spray. Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper and place in center of pan, then fold up foil surrounding the salmon to create a boat. Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 12 minutes.

For extra flavor, we highly recommend placing the salmon on top of lemon or lime slices. A quick honey butter glaze can only make things better, too! Once you have the method down, the sky’s the limit.

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