Salmon is the common name for several species of ray-finned fish in the family Salmonidae. Other fish in the same family include trout, char, grayling and whitefish. Salmon are native to tributaries of the North Atlantic (genus Salmo) and Pacific Ocean (genus Oncorhynchus). Many species of salmon have been introduced into non-native environments such as the Great Lakes of North America and Patagonia in South America. Salmon are intensively farmed in many parts of the world.
Salmon is fatty, so it’s nice and forgiving if you overcook it by a minute or two, no papery, gritty-dry flakes of fish in sight. Then again, it’s firm and hearty—those who enjoy sushi will love a seared sashimi-grade salmon that’s still virtually raw and translucent in the center. Salmon is also well-suited to myriad cooking methods, from grilling to cutting to poaching, broiling, pan-roasting, and even burger-flying. It likes rubs and marinades, but it also has a sweet, rich flavor that stands well on its own. Best of all, it’s predictable, not just to cook with, but to serve—since salmon isn’t a particularly fishy fish, it’s rare to find someone who really dislikes it.
When it comes to salmon and salads, there's really no wrong answer: you can stay super-simple and just serve it on a bed of arugula and avocado. Think a blue cheese and bacon-smattered iceberg salad or some salty curls of Parmesan in a classic Caesar. In summer, when vegetable options abound, look to sweet ingredients with a sharp edge, like a quinoa and vegetable mix tossed in olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Try salmon with some garlicky braised or broiled greens and you may never go back. I can't count the number of times I've served it with little more than some charred spears of broiled asparagus with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salty cheese or their more tender braised cousins.
Given salmon's smooth, fatty character, I like my side dishes to offer a little textural contrast. That's why crunchy, craggily, golden-brown potatoes make a great partner. Still looking for more variety? Step up your game with these crisp potatoes in a garlic and Parmesan butter.
If you like salmon, how about try our Seasoned Smoked Salmon Salad?This dish is a low fat high nutrition of salmon meat and moderate amounts of salad sauce, will you still worried aboute the diet to lose weight?