Salmon with Blueberries
This salmon with blueberries recipe is a show-stopper! Everyone loves this unusual and delicious recipe - the rich blueberry sauce pairs beautifully with the moist salmon. It’s a delightful and unexpected combination.
The Benefits of Salmon
Salmon is an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids which lower your risk for heart disease and cancer. It’s a great source of protein and it’s endlessly versatile. It’s also a good fish for people who are picky about seafood - I think it’s the least ‘fishy’ tasting fish.
Choosing the Best Salmon
There are a few kinds of salmon you can buy - there’s King (rich and buttery and the most expensive), Sockeye (redder flesh, from the Northern Pacific), Coho (reddish-orange color, cheaper than King or Sockeye), and Pink (best eaten fresh the day its caught or as canned meat). You can also buy wild caught or farmed salmon. To check the sustainability level of your salmon, consult the Monterrey Bay Aquariums’s Seafood Watch (you can also download it as an app for ease of use at the grocery store).
No matter which type of salmon you purchase, you should check for the following:
Moist flesh - if the fish is dry it means its been handled improperly or its past its prime
Bright flesh - you want the color of the fish to be deep, pale flesh indicates aging
No brown spots - these indicate aging
No fishy smell - salmon should have a light sea smell but should not smell fishy - if it smells strongly it is past its prime
How to Know When Salmon is Done Cooking
Usually a salmon fillet will take from 6 to 8 minutes to cook fully (unless it’s cooking in a sauce - like this recipe). Salmon will go from red/raw to opaque/pink as it cooks. Salmon that is perfectly cooked through will flake, but still maintain moisture. The USDA recommends salmon be cooked to a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (you can check this with an instant read thermometer).
I hope you'll give this salmon recipe a go - it's really a delicious and unique dish. There's enough sauce when it's topped with the blueberry mixture that it poaches, as well as bakes, in the oven. So, the salmon ends up incredibly smooth and flavorful. Enjoy!