I grew up eating fish a lot – we are a seafood-loving family! But, truthfully I struggle when it comes to cooking fish. I love flavorful seafood, and most of the recipes I cook are complicated and the fish turns out bland. Maybe it’s just me? I’m not a great cooker of fish :-).
But, I discovered this EASY recipe for salmon, and now that’s all I cook! I buy fresh salmon when it’s on sale. Or, I buy the frozen salmon in packets. Either way, this recipe is super easy and SUPER delicious. Read below for some of my tricks!
First, here are the ingredients you need. (This serves 2 people.)
- Salmon – I usually buy the frozen packets and cook 1-2 per person
- 1-2 T. Olive Oil
- 2-4 cloves minced Garlic (I buy the jar of pre-minced garlic and use 1-2 T.)
- 1/3 cup Maple Syrup (see Emily’s homemade recipe here!)
- 2/3 cup Teriyaki Sauce (I like the Soyaki Sauce from Trader Joe’s)
Now, the tricky part is removing the skin of the fish. (I really hate eating fish off of its skin.) I really don’t know the correct way of removing this – but I’ll tell you how I remove it as an amateur!
First, lay your salmon skin side up and cook on Medium High with the olive oil and the garlic. Let sit and cook until the fish is hot and you see it cook about 1/2 inch up the side of the filet. You just want the fish to be really hot.
Then turn the fish over and lay with the skin side down. Heat the fish on that side for a minute or two until the skin side gets hot. Then immediately turn the fish back around (skin side up) and use a fork to remove the skin. It will immediately peal off in 1-2 pieces. Make sure you don’t leave any scales behind!
Now turn the fish over again cook until cooked all the way through.
When the fish is cooked all the way through, pour the mixture of maple syrup and teriyaki sauce on the fish and let cook on both sides until it caramelizes on the fish.
Serve with your favorite sides!
Y’all, this easy salmon is SOOO good and definitely seems easier than the all the wordiness above :). Have fun!