Monday, January 24, 2011

Joe can cook! Episode 21: Party Pleaser; Baked Salmon

Before i ventured into the Asian markets at China Town, the only source for seafood was the supermarket and if i was lucky, my friend would fetch us to the Powerhouse Market and i could get some pretty good looking seafood at one of the stalls.

Now? All i have to do is take a 10-15 minute stroll to Yuen's Market at Fortitude Valley and there is a cheaper and wider range than Woolworths. One of the attractions is the whole Salmon which retails for AUD13.99 per kg. Filleted portions in the supermarket retails for AUD30 per kg. 

Rewind back to New Years Eve, I decided to do a baked salmon, easy to prepare and cook. We went off to buy a 4kg salmon which cost me AUD52. They are friendly and will help you portion as required (i think) but all they had to do was to cut the head and take out the big bone in the middle and give me 2 nice half portioned fish.

So how many people can one fish feed? With the salmon being the main meal, half a salmon will easily eat for 5-6, if not more. What do you do with the other half? I portioned out 6 slices which would have easily cost me AUD50 to buy in the supermarket, what a saving!

Now to cook this simple salmon: Wrap it with foil and put as what you can see in the picture:

Red onions
Dill (fresh, if not paste form)
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Small chunks of butter here and there (if not use white wine, i didn't have any at home)

Cook it the conventional way of 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes or alternatively like what i did, i baked it at 130 degrees for 3 hours, the fish will not over cook and is cooked through perfectly. Very velvety and smooth, a brilliant party pleaser which takes absolutely no effort at all!


J said...

Mmmm.... and it looks so healthy too! Full of healthy fish oils.
(A good break from all the red meat, I guess?)

Michelle Chin said...

I love salmon! :) Salmon is one of the fishes that I will eat when I am in Melbourne, apart from ocean trout and butter fish.

Hey how are you celebrating your CNY?

qwazymonkey said...

I love baking fish. Healthy, versatile and damn easy to make. I usually use Asian herbs and spices instead: Lemongrass, shallots, chili, fish sauce, ginger, garlic or even parsley. Sometimes I like to add lime. I've also learned to make it Ham Choy and Beer from Vietnam once.

Life for Beginners said...

Healthy and easy! What more can we want! :)

thule a.k.a leo said...

wish tht I was as adventurous as you are!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: why not? easy to make what.

kennymah: people to finish it all up!

qwazymonkey: hmm fish sauce on fish..definitely going to give it a try, maybe use a white flesh fish nxt time with the asian twist.

mchin: well melbourne has so much more fish to try unlike here! CNY is a working day, so its work!

j: yeah and the pan frying..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Definitely looks better than pan frying the salmon! ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsarbabe: it does have the wow factor!

babe_kl said...

Gee this is nice ;-) well done

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: thanks!