I kicked Salmon butt last night. I finally figured out a great way to cook salmon… on my cast iron skillet.
Typically, I bake salmon in the oven or grill it in sauce and foil over on our BBQ… but this salmon was really something special. I was able to get a nice brown crust on both sides of the salmon and most importantly keep an eye on the status of how well-done it was getting. No more overcooked, dried out salmon in this house!!
Wasabi Marinade for Salmon
Makes enough marinade for 4 (6oz) Salmon Fillets
3 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Wasabi Powder
1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon Dark Sesame Oil
Pinches of Crushed Red Pepper and Ground Black Pepper
4 (6oz) Fillets of Salmon (skin removed)
1. Combine marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag and mix. Place two salmon fillets at a time in the marinade bag for about five minutes, flipping the bag halfway through to coat.
2. Prepare your cast iron skillet (or other heavy non-stick pan) over medium heat. Make sure it is seasoned or pre-oiled. The pan should start to sizzle a bit in the middle when it is hot. Place the two salmon fillets towards the center of the skillet. Cook both sides for 3-5 mintues, flipping very carefully, trying not to break the salmon fillet or have any stick to your pan. Cook for another 3-5 minutes and remove from the pan when both the top and bottom of the salmon are light pink and the middle is just a tad bit darker. (removing the salmon a little early will prevent it from drying out!) Repeat with the other fillets.
Recipe adapted from: Cooking Light Dec 2003
Yahoo! What a great marinade. The salmon picks up the flavor in the short five minutes it’s soaking it up. It isn’t overly gingery, wasabi-ish (not spicy at all actually), or even too salty from using the low-sodium soy. It’s just sorta… well… perfect!
Dave and I ate this for dinner alongside an entire bag of fresh green beans I sauteed up while the salmon was cooking. It’s nice to be able to make a quick dinner sometimes so I can actually relax!
Take a minute to look at some of these other seafood recipes I have for ya!