Simply Salmon

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Recently, I have read The American Heart Association recommends eating salmon or any fatty fish at least twice a week for the cardiovascular benefits such as omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also a great source of protein. I am a big fan of salmon and will eat salmon over chicken any day. Salmon can be pan-fried, oven baked, grilled, smoked, blackened in a skillet and even boiled. Our household prefers blackened in a cast iron skillet. This recipe is quick and easy to make and will quickly become your household favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 4 -5 salmon fillets skin off
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp dry basil (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp dry thyme (optional)
  • 2-3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Mix together all the spices and sprinkle over salmon fillets with a little olive oil. You may marinate the salmon for 30 min or not at all. Start by heating up the cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Add butter and a bit of olive oil so the butter does not burn. when heated add salmon to the skillet without over crowding the skillet. Do not mess with the salmon once placed. Cook salmon 3-5 min each side. For thicker fillets finish off in a 400 degree oven for 5 – 10 min. Be careful not to over cook the salmon, it will become too dry. Towards the end baste the salmon with its own buttery juices. That’s it, simply salmon is ready to eat! I like to serve it with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach or over favorite Fettuccine Alfredo pasta!

Enjoy and savor every bite!

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