I thought I had sworn off [cooking] salmon. I don’t know why, I just could not cook salmon no matter what I did. I can cook a lot of things – but salmon just wasn’t one of them. I decided that when I wanted my fix, I would get it at a restaurant. But I decided to give it one more shot. Everyone says how easy it is to cook and if everyone is saying that…well…I must be doing something wrong! I’ve tried foil packet salmon, blackened salmon, baked salmon, you name it, I’ve tried to make it. I always end up thinking it’s not done, so I end up cooking it for too long. And that, my friends, has been my fatal error. Salmon is supposed to be pink – very pink – when cooked through. So don’t wait for the pink to go away, or you will be suffering the same fate as I have – dry, overcooked salmon.
So, want an incredibly easy, healthy one pan meal? Coming right up. Baked salmon with a parmesan herb crust. This is such a great weeknight dinner. It comes together in minutes, and while the salmon is baking you can work on a side – I make cous cous which literally takes five minutes.
So, first things first. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then, line your pan with foil or parchment paper. While the oven is heating up, you can quickly marinate the shrimp with some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Then mix the rest of your ingredients and lightly press into the salmon. You can also prepare your veggie. Any veggie will work – you’re just basically roasting veggies at this point. I used brussel sprouts, and halved them so they would be done in about the same amount of time as the salmon. Asparagus, green beans and zucchini would all make great substitutions!
Doesn’t this already seem easy?!
Next, just cover the salmon with foil and pop in the oven for ten minutes. While it’s cooking, you can prepare your side. After ten minutes, uncover and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until the salmon reached 135 degrees (or easily flakes with a fork)
Check that out! One pan, less than twenty minutes and you’ve got yourself a healthy, tasty dinner. I am officially giving up on all other methods of cooking salmon. Baked salmon is definitely the way to go!