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How to cook salmon

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A simple yet elegant choice for dinner is easy when you know how to cook salmon

From the healthy benefits from the Omega-3s, to the mild, delicious taste, salmon is a favorite.  And best of all, salmon is oh so easy to cook. If you're wondering how to cook salmon, these simple recipes should help you get started.

Simple Grilled Salmon

4 - 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon diced or pressed garlic
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste


  • Stir together everything well except the fish
  • Put sauce and fish into a large zipper storage bag, turning a few times to coat the fish well
  • Refrigerate for 2-4 hours
  • Heat your gas grill to medium (or get wood or charcoal grill to a medium fire)
  • Grease grill grate or use non-stick fish grate or basket
  • Place marinated fish onto grill or into basket
  • Cook 6-8 minutes per side, or until just flaky, marinating with additional sauce while cooking
  • Serve hot   

Apricot-Almond Salmon

This simple and delicious salmon recipe was adapted from the New England food blog, Savoring the Thyme.


3/4 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup whole or 1/3 cup slivered almonds
4 fresh salmon filets (5-6 oz each)


  • Place the almonds into a plastic zipper bag and crush them with a rolling pin or the back of a large spoon
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the preserves, soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper and almonds
  • Place the salmon in the bag with the seasonings and toss gently
  • Place the bag flat in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place the salmon filets flat in the dish
  • Set the marinade aside
  • Bake the fish for 20 minutes or so until cooked
  • Remove the salmon from the oven and place on a platter
  • Pour the marinade from the storage bag into a small saucepan, bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly for about 2-3 minutes
  • Pour over the salmon and enjoy

What to Serve with Salmon

Salmon goes well with a crisp green salad and hot crusty garlic bread.  Or consider creating a seafood feast by combining grilled salmon with lobster tail and a spicy shrimp dish. Add corn on the cob, potatoes and a couple of desserts, and you have a party in the making.

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