Folded, Oven-baked Salmon Fillets

It’s below freezing here in the Midwest, so to keep from having to go outside and access the grill, we’ll be cooking indoors—so I’ll be posting three perfectly fabulous ways to bake salmon. Here’s post two of three. Enjoy!

When my husband said he had a new way to cook salmon that required folding the fish before cooking it, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. I mean who folds their food?? OK, sure, there’s the late night snack that I may or may not have had after I may or may not have had seven two glasses of wine … the one where I may or may not fold a few pieces of cheese over a pickle and shove it into my mouth … but other than that, when else would anyone fold their food? Especially something as delicate as fish?

As it turns out, this folding this is actually a pretty cool idea and it cooks salmon absolutely perfectly. When finished, it literally peels right off the skin, and it’s moist and slightly crisped. Perfection. Here’s what you need to know.

Folded, Baked Salmon
1-2 pound salmon fillet
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Fresh dill

Take a nice sized fillet—we used a 1½ pound piece of previously frozen Alaskan sockeye—and add a little salt and pepper to the flesh. Cut into fours, then with each section, take a sharp knife and make a small “fold line” down the flesh side but not so deep you cut the skin. Fold the sections, skin side together, and place on plate. Add lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and some snips of fresh dill.

Heat a cast iron skillet to med-high, add about 2 Tbs of olive oil and sear each side of the sections for 1 minute each. Then transfer to oven-safe dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. That’s all there is to it. Enjoy.

A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … perfect oven-baked salmon part three and lobster thermidor. Want more from The Midwest Mermaid? Be sure to follow along here, and on Instagram for all the latest in seafood news and chews | @shaunanosler

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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