Alaskan salmon season is upon us and there’s no better time to try a new recipe. Chef Thoa Nguyen of Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, who loves cooking salmon at home, shared this tasty recipe that she prepares for her family on busy weeknights. The light mayonnaise-based sauce is a flavorful complement to the salmon and especially appeals to children.
According to Chef Thoa, salmon makes the perfect meal as it’s an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals, plus omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also next to impossible to mess up. Salmon is a forgiving fish for novice cooks because its skin keeps it moist. It also doesn’t have a fishy scent that might have picky eaters requesting chicken nuggets.
Peak season for Alaskan salmon is May through September, with the five major species spread across the season. King, Coho and Sockeye salmon will be available in grocery stores in time for Memorial Day weekend. Watch for announcements and specials in your Grand Ridge Plaza Safeway flyer in the coming weeks.
Chef Thoa’s Easy Baked Salmon
- 2 to 3 lbs. of salmon fillets with skin on
- salt, pepper and garlic powder to season
- cooking oil (vegetable or sesame seed oil work well)
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise (regular, not non-fat)
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix soy sauce and mayonnaise in a bowl and refrigerate.
- Line a large baking dish with aluminum foil, then grease with cooking oil.
- Rub salmon with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Arrange salmon skin side down in the baking dish.
- Bake salmon for 15 minutes or until salmon is 80 percent cooked (the thickest part of the salmon should still be a translucent). Keep in mind that baking times will vary due to thickness of the fillets.
- Remove from the oven and cover salmon with mayonnaise mixture.
- Return salmon to the oven and cook for another 5 minutes or until bubbly golden brown.
- Remove salmon from oven, wait a few minutes and serve.
Easy Baked Salmon is delicious with rice and your favorite seasonal vegetables.
Tip: Fish will continue to cook once it’s removed from the oven, so resist the urge to cook salmon for longer than a recipe recommends.
To learn more about Chef Thoa Nguyen, visit Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill Issaquah. Located at 936 NE Park Drive, Chinoise is a contemporary Pan Pacific restaurant defined by fresh, beautiful food ranging from sushi to pho, and from wok dishes to summer salad rolls. Chinoise merges cuisines from Vietnam and across the Asian continent with Northwest sensibilities.
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