Simply Seasoned Baked Salmon

First of all, the fact that I am blogging about a salmon recipe is crazy.  I am such a picky-eater! I have never had salmon until a few weeks ago and never was willing to try.  I like some fish but mostly breaded and fried.  (I’m from the North Carolina 🙂 ) So the idea of a non-breaded fish did not sound good at all.  However, me and the hubs were trying to go on a healthy diet and he found a recipe for tuna.  I was very hesitate but figured the worse that can happen is I end up not liking it and eating chicken instead.  We went shopping and of course we couldn’t find tuna, but did find salmon.  We ended up not following the recipe at all, but still ended up with something probably better.  The hubs and I cooked it together the first time since I had never cooked salmon before.  I specifically told him that I’m use to breaded white fish and I needed it to be well done and some type of crunch.  The seasoning was picked out by me and he did the cooking.  So I must give him most of the credit.  ❤  However, I have cooked it a couple more times by myself and it’s just as good. Anyways, on the recipe. This is not a exact recipe.  It’s mostly a personal preference thing.  I like my food with lots of flavor, but you can adjust the seasoning as much as you like.  With that said, this is a very simple recipe and you can’t really go wrong.

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(This is a picture of the first time we cooked it)

Ingredients:

– 3-4 tbsp butter/margarine

– 2 to 2.5 tsp McCormick’s Sazonador completo*

– Salt and pepper

– 2 pieces of salmon

* This is like an “all seasoning” season.  I’m in El Salvador so I’m not sure what the exact equivalent is but something that will go good with everything.  Here’s a picture of it:

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I’m almost out! Nooooo!! Anyways, on the directions for this deliciousness! 🙂

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking dish with cooking spray.  Place salmon (scales down) in a baking dish. Melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. While butter is melting, use a fork to poke the fish.  You want to make sure all the seasoning and butter get down into the meat.

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Brush melted butter onto salmon pieces.  Make sure you get the sides as well.  Most likely you will have extra butter but that’s ok.  You can use it later to continue marinating while it cooks.

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Next, you are going to add salt and pepper (as much as you would like, but not too much salt, the “all seasoning” will make it a little salty as well ) and then the “all seasoning”.  You want to put a pretty good amount  because this will become the “crust” of the fish.  I did around 2 teaspoons.

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Then, you are just going to put it into your preheated oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take it out and use the butter that’s in the bottom of the pan or the extra melted butter you have and brush it over the fish some more.

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It should look something like this after about 20 minutes in.  After you have brushed on the butter, put it back in the oven for 10-12 more minutes.  After 10-12 minutes, you can take it out and brush some more butter and if you need to sprinkle a little bit more seasoning.  Then you are going to turn your broiler on low. Put the fish back in and cook for 5-10 minutes.  The longer you cook it the more crusty the top will be.  If you put the broiler on high it will cook a lot faster, so watch it carefully.  Either way you can cook it as long as you want with the broiler until the fish looks as “done” and you like it.  Here are my finished results:

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This is what it looks like, if you want it a little more “burnt” on top (like the first picture), just leave it for longer.

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Hope you all enjoy! Let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

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