So, you’ve bought our salmon and you’re ready to cook? We’ve had some experience cooking this stuff, so here are some tips from our kitchen to yours. Once you’ve got the basics down, go check out our recipes page to really spice things up.
Good luck and bon appétit!
You can cook your salmon frozen (check out the “Cook It Frozen” techniques at cookitfrozen.com), but we suggest that you thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Place the wrapped package on a plate and allow 8-10 hours (extremely large cuts may take a bit longer). Try not to speed up the process of thawing seafood by defrosting it in the microwave or thawing it under warm water. Doing this causes the salmon to lose flavor and texture.
Preparing the Grill:
- Fish cooks best over a medium-hot fire.
- Make sure the grill is hot before you start cooking.
- Liberally brush oil on the grill just prior to cooking.
- Cut large steaks or fillets into meal-size portions before grilling.
- Oil fish lightly just before cooking.
- Grill salmon with skin side down on parchment paper or foil. No need to flip!
- Cook fish approximately 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
- Seafood continues to cook after it’s removed from the heat so take it off the heat just as soon as it starts to flake.
- Slide a sharp knife tip into the center of the thickest part of a cooking salmon portion, checking for color (Our favorite is when the flesh is still red/rare on the inside). We have found that overcooking is one of the biggest mistakes our customers make when preparing salmon. This is quality salmon, no need to dry it out!
Plank Grilling Tips:
Planking is a traditional Northwest-style of cooking using aromatic pieces of wood. It’s a great way to add subtle flavors to your wild Alaska Seafood. Many stores sell pre-cut planks now, but it’s just as easy to make your own.
- The best wood choices for planking are Cedar, Alder and Oak.
- Presoak the plank in water for 30 minutes – two hours.
- Pat planks dry with paper towels and spray-coat or lightly oil one side of the plank.
- Season salmon lightly with an herb blend or just salt and pepper. Go easy, as you don’t want to overpower the flavor you will get from the plank.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high.
- Place the planked salmon on the grill over indirect heat and close the lid.
- Turn the heat down to medium.
- Check salmon frequently after 10 minutes.
- Salmon will continue to cook after it is removed from the heat. (See grilling tips to know how to tell when salmon is finished)
- Serving: the plank provides a beautiful, organic-looking platter for serving.
- Rinse and pat fillets dry.
- Spread thin coat of olive oil over salmon.
- Coat bottom of pan with olive oil.
- Sprinkle seasonings over fish.
- Bake in 375°F oven for 10-12 minutes or until fish begins to flake.
- Preheat the broiler to Med/High.
- Rinse and pat fillets dry.
- Place parchment paper inside a shallow, nonmetal dish. Put salmon fillets on top of parchment, skin side down.
- Top with olive oil and seasoning of your choice.
- Broil the fish 4 to 6 inches from the heating element for 5 to 6 minutes or until the fish is done. (No need to turn.)
- Place poaching liquid in saucepan.
- Bring to boil and reduce to simmer.
- Place salmon in liquid and poach for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness (8 minutes per inch thick).