We eat salmon about once a week in our house. It’s quick and healthy, and most importantly something that I know everyone will eat. This is HUGE because my kids are one and three years old, and finding something that everyone will eat (with no complaints) isn’t always easy. Top that off with the fact that my husband, while he loves fish, used to hate salmon (too “fishy” he said). Well, this recipe made him a believer.
It couldn’t be simpler, yet so many of my friends shy away from cooking fish because they think it’s complicated. I’m here to tell you that a fresh piece of fish needs nothing more than the right cooking method and maybe a sprinkling of salt and a squeeze of lemon to make it shine.
If you’re looking for more “easiest-ever” recipes for kids’ favorite dinner staples, check them out in the slideshow, or read on to learn how to make the best salmon recipe ever. It couldn’t be easier or more fool-proof.
The ingredient list for making this salmon is embarrassingly small. But that’s what’s so great about it. The crispiness doesn’t come from fancy panko breadcrumbs or some elaborate batter (who has time for that?), it comes from pan searing the outer flesh in a screaming hot pan for a couple of minutes before finishing it off in the oven. This method gives the outside a slightly crispy texture while allowing the inside to remain moist, juicy, and well, just perfect if you ask me. If you like your salmon a bit on the rarer side, simply pull it out of the oven earlier. I love to serve this fish alongside some brown rice and a fresh roasted corn and avocado salsa. It’s even delicious served cold the next day over some salad greens.
Stacie Billis is a food writer, recipe developer and blogger at One Hungry Mama. As a mother of two hungry boys, she knows that kids change the way we cook, but they don't have to change how well we eat. Selfish? Sure, but it turns out that feeding kids the good foods we enjoy is the best way to inspire healthy habits for life. Knowing this, Stacie is putting her MA in child development, experience developing an organic family food brand and passion for delicious food to good use as a galvanizing voice for parents in the food revolution. You can also find Stacie as One Hungry Mama on Twitter and Facebook.