Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Simple Roasted Salmon
I have been sort of lazy in my blogging as of late. It might be caused by the extreme heat we've been feeling in Texas this summer. If you don't live in the Midwest, it's hard to really describe unless you're experiencing it. It feels like the sun is shooting lasers at your skin if you're outside for more than 5 minutes. There is no cloud coverage at all. We had a slight reprieve when the temperatures dropped dramatically to 90 degrees during the day! Needless to say, this heat just zaps any energy you have. It reminds me of the twilight zone episode called Midnight Sun where people are suffering extreme heat exhaustion because the sun is burning constant all day and night. So what does this have to do with my blogging you might ask? Well the truth is that I just don't feel like cooking things that are hot, or cooking at all for that matter. There have been days where I'll have cereal for dinner or crackers and deli meat. The days that I do cook, I try to make stuff that isn't too heavy, and the last thing I feel like doing is messing with camera equipment, staging the shoot etc. I am beyond ready for fall. I have been trying my best to get into the spirit of the fall season but it's really hard to do that when it's still 108 degrees in the late afternoon. I did manage to make a light roasted salmon which I served with a fresh green salad. This is fast, easy and not too heavy if you're feeling the heat too. Plus it doesn't take that long to cook so your oven won't emit heat for that long. We all know how high the electricity bills are coming in trying to cool off our homes in Texas!
1.5 lbs. fresh salmon fillets
1 bunch green onions
1 small onion cut into thin rounds
3 garlic cloves
2 tbsp. butter
1-2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
freshly cracked pepper
salt to taste
First, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. Place the salmon in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Cut thin pats of butter and place them on top of the salmon and underneath. Place the onion rounds under the salmon. If you want to spray your baking sheet with non-stick spray that is probably a good idea to prevent the salmon from sticking. Place in the oven for about 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip the salmon over. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the green onions and grate the garlic. Rub the grated garlic over the salmon and sprinkle the green onions on top. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top and cook for another 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve with a nice crisp salad.
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