Story last updated at 5/30/2012 - 12:56 pm
One of the nice things about living in Southeast Alaska is the abundance of seafood. Crab, shrimp, trout, halibut and, of course, salmon. I imagine there are hundreds, possibly thousands of way to cook each of these.
This week I'd like to focus on salmon. I recently celebrated my birthday and was given some Alaskan Pure Sea Salt by my dear friend Shonda. The name I know her by is Money Honey, as we are best friends and roller derby partners. She knows I love to cook and, like most of my friends, gives me food items for gifts. I'm thinking it is so that I'll cook for them, but that's fine with me. I enjoy having guests for dinner and love cooking big meals.
For my salmon dinner, we had some friends over for whom I had promised to cook salmon and halibut. This was our first annual fish feast. Salmon is such a great ingredient. It's light and tastes like the ocean and is so versatile. I've mentioned before that you can grill it, sear it, fry it, bake it and poach it. The possibilities are literally endless.
I chose a simple recipe to highlight my newest favorite ingredient, Alaska Pure Alder Wood Smoked Salt. Flavored salts are the new "in"gredient for cooking. I have always used sea salt for cooking, but the new flavors are fun and very tasty. What is particularly nice is that with a few simple ingredients a delicious meal can be prepared with little effort.
I encourage you to try these new flavored salts. They are wonderful on Artisan breads with butters. Flavored butters are especially exciting.
This week, to honor my best friend Money, I present to you a dish that is as delicious as it is easy to make. Seared Salmon with Alder Wood Smoke Salt.
Until next time...
Eat and enjoy,
Seared Salmon with Alder Wood Smoked Salt
4 six-ounce salmon filets
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon Alder Wood Smoked Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In microwave or small sauce pan, melt butter and add minced garlic. Preheat large non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Baste fish with butter mixture. Sprinkle salt and pepper liberally. Place in hot skillet seasoned side down. Don't move the fish until it moves on its own. Let it get a good sear. Season bottom side and flip. Cook until the bottom is seared and crisp. Finish in oven for about 3- 5 minutes until cooked through, but not dry on the inside.
Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and serve with roasted mashed potatoes or other favorite side.