One of my childhood memories from elementary school was a period of time where my family had salmon every Tuesday night. On Tuesdays after school, I had piano lessons and would come back home to freshly baked salmon, the one thing my dad loved to cook. Although my taste buds were still growing accustomed to fish, salmon was my favorite. Back then, we would always have the same teriyaki sauce salmon but as I grew older I realized there are so many different ways to cook salmon.
For instance, this salmon has a simple 4-ingredient glaze: olive oil, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. It only takes several minutes to prepare and is done in 15 minutes! I had no idea salmon was so easy to make and could taste so good with such little prep. Since I’ve only been cooking for myself, I ate half of the salmon for dinner and saved the rest for lunch to bring to work the next day.
Salmon is known for its Omega-3 fatty acids which improve brain function. It also contains a lot of protein, amino acids, and vitamins (A, B, D, E). It also speeds up your metabolism, improves memory, and prevents muscular degradation!
BROWN SUGAR GLAZED SALMON
6 oz filet salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place salmon on a tray covered with aluminum foil. Rub olive oil onto the salmon’s surface.
Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on top. Then add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Make sure salmon is cooked all the way through before serving it.
The best bagel I have ever had is the classic lox and cream cheese bagel (which I didn’t even know was called that until this year). Lox is actually just another name for smoked salmon fillet. It is part of traditional Jewish cuisine and is very popular in New York. Our bagel shop on campus has a variation of it called “the Nova Bagel,” that includes tomato, lettuce, and onion which is my absolute favorite.
At home, my mom and I made a variation of this delicious bagel in appetizer form. It can actually serve as a simple snack or appetizer or if you eat a lot of them like I usually do, it can even be considered lunch! They’re very easy to assemble so you can entertain your guests with an entire plate of them.
These delicious crackers are a healthier version of the lox and cream cheese bagel since there are less carbs. It’s also more fun to eat since the crackers are small and allows for easier portion control. The honey mustard sauce is the best part, making the snack irresistible!
SMOKED SALMON & CREAM CHEESE CRACKERS
5 crackers (I used Carr’s)
Plain cream cheese
5 smoked salmon fillet pieces
Honey mustard-Dill sauce (you can either buy this in store or make from scratch)
5 pieces of fresh dill
Using a knife, smear desired amount of cream cheese onto one side of a cracker.
Place a small slice of smoked salmon on top.
Add several drops of the honey mustard-dill sauce on the salmon.
Top with a small piece of dill.