What Does Salmon Taste Like?

What Does Salmon Taste Like

Salmon is a great choice for dinner for many reasons. It's tasty and popular with kids. It's economical and widely available. There are many delicious recipes that use salmon as a base. And best of all, salmon contains plenty of protein, many vitamins, and a high concentration of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

​Although scientists have known about omega-3s for many decades, only since the 1980s have researchers begun to understand the health benefits of eating it. Omega-3 EFAs are crucial for children; they promote normal growth and neurological development.

And in adults, the omega-3s serve to protect and promote cardiovascular health. They've been known to play a role in regulating heart rhythm, protecting against dangerous heart arrythmias such as atrial fibrillation.

They help to lower harmful cholesterol levels and in keeping plaque from forming on arteries. They help to lower blood pressure and may have an anti-coagulant effect, preventing blood clots from forming.

There is some evidence to suggest that EFAs are better absorbed through food than they are through supplements. Experts recommend having at least two servings of food containing omega-3 essential fatty acids per week.

What Does Salmon Taste Like

Salmon is one of the best sources for omega-3s. So there are a lot of reasons for serving a delicious salmon dinner! Tonight try Salmon Burgers. With only 360 calories (compared to 750 – 1000 calories in a typical fast food burger,) the mighty salmon burger contains 24g of protein, and nearly 95% of the recommended daily amount of omega-3 EFAs.

​So when you serve your family or guests a "simple” salmon dish, you're also helping to safeguard their health. Here are a few simple ways to add salmon to your life:

Best Salmon Recipe

Homemade Salmon Burger with Avocado and Pineapple

Beef is not the only thing you can use to make burgers in the warm months on the grill as this salmon burger recipe will show you can make a wonderful grilled salmon to serve as a burger.

What Does Salmon Taste Like

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Serves: 4

In my house of guys beef is almost sacred and the thought of messing with their beloved cow burgers is fighting words especially if you tell them it is going to be fish for diner.

Now the one exception to this rule is salmon they all like it and I can get them to walk away from cow for a night by serving up these grilled salmon burgers. Even the pickiest of them is onboard with grilled pineapple it is just so sweet and juice and offers the perfect balance to the barbecue sauce and the Dijon mustard.

​I love the technique of a thin layer of Dijon mustard and then drizzled with agave on it. I use to do it with honey but with my husband becoming diabetic it was a nice discovery to use the agave is a real good switch out for the honey.

If you have not had the chance or inkling to try it before it is really a good sweetener (except in coffee my husband tells me) it’s kind of a cross between honey and sugar so it will take care of any sweet tooth out there but it is so much more diabetic friendly.

​To round this out I had to sneak some avocado in I just love them and with the other stuff in there even the guys will go for it. I personally like the little hass avocadoes better then the bigger ones I think they have a nicer flavor but you use whatever kind you like.

What Does Salmon Taste Like

Now I cubed it in my recipe but you could always take and slice them and toss them on the grill along with the other stuff. Grilled avocado is lovely and another one of those things most don’t think of at first but it really is worth a try to see which you like better.

Now it is easier to slice them in half the long way and remove the seed but if you want burger type rings use a serrated knife and cut them across then just take a paring knife make a small slit in the skin and peel it around and push out the seed bit from the middle. Slightly less ripe avocados work better for grilling then real ripe ones.

Ingredients For the Salmon Burgers:

  • 2 pounds salmon filet, skin removed cut into burger shape.
  • Dijon mustard.
  • Agave nectar.
  • Granulated garlic.
  • For the Salmon Burger Toppings.
  • 4 slices fresh pineapple, grilled.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 avocado, cubed.
  • Boston bib Lettuce.
  • 4 burger buns or Kaiser Rolls, toasted.
  • Honey Barbecue sauce.

Instructions To Make the Salmon Burgers:

  • Preheat the grill to high.
  • Remove the skin from the salmon filet and with a cookie cutter the size of your buns cut out round burger shapes from the salmon.
  • Top this with a thin layer of the Dijon mustard, and then in a cross hatch pattern drizzle a little agave nectar on this.
  • Sprinkle this with a bit of granulated garlic and then season to personal preference with a small amount of salt and then some fresh ground black pepper.
  • Place these on the grill seasoned side up and grill for about 4 to 5 minutes, then with a spatula flip and grill until salmon just flakes and is mostly cooked it will continue to cook when removed from the grill so do not overcook.
  • On a separate part of the grill place your pineapple slices and grill on both sides about as long as the salmon.
  • If desired toast the buns or rolls for a few minutes careful not to burn them. 

To Assemble Salmon Burgers:

  • On the bottom bun place a lettuce leave and top this with your salmon burger.
  • Next add the cubed avocado and top this with a generous portion of the honey barbecue sauce.
  • Place one of the pineapple slices on this and cover with the top bun or roll and serve.

Once you get a look at this salmon burger recipe it might just start changing your mind about a burger always having to be beef and once you get a bite of its tropical blend of ingredients you may never go back to plain burgers again.

This burger is a bit different and uses some things to make it up that we don’t always think of first when we decide to use the grill. But I am here to tell you if you like pineapple you will love pineapple on the grill.

The grill brings out the best in this tropical fruit and will change your mind about fruit and the grill forever.

Vermont Maple Salmon with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

If you haven't tried maple syrup as a cooking ingredient other than pancakes you really are missing out. It adds such a nice natural sweetness to the food and gives it a very New England feel.

What Does Salmon Taste Like?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 1 hour 10 mins

Serves: 4

Growing up in New England there are a few foods you come to know well some of these are clam chowder, Yankee pot roast, and maple syrup. And if you want the best in maple syrup any true New Englander will tell you it comes from Vermont.

Not that stuff they sell you that is made of chemicals and corn syrup but from good old Vermont maple trees and boiled for hours until it is thick and so naturally sweet. If you haven’t tried it you will never go back to that other stuff once you do – there really is no substitute.

Now not too far from Vermont’s maple groves is the Great Lakes region of New York where every year the salmon run from Lake Ontario up the Salmon River to spawn when you can go catch salmon the size of a small dog.

The beauty of this is it is prime fishing and just like there is no substituting fake syrup for real wild fresh caught salmon is so much better too.

Having a husband that was a fisherman was wonderful every fall we would stock up on salmon and I am talking filets and steaks that were just heavenly.

Now so the animal rights crowd doesn’t beat up on us they die after spawning so catching them isn’t a harmful thing they’re dead shortly anyways and all the fish cleaning station collect the eggs which go to the hatcheries to recycle another generation.

This year my twins as part of their middle school science project help hatch and release salmon in our state and I can’t wait until they come back to the size they are in New York.

salmon taste like

Ingredients For Vermont Maple Salmon with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Ingredients For the Vermont Maple Salmon:

  • 4 salmon steaks.
  • Granulated garlic.
  • Real Vermont maple syrup.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cooking spray.

Ingredients For the Roasted Rosemary Potatoes:

  • 6 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and ½ inch cubed.
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary.
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic.
  • 1 tablespoon parsley.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions For the Vermont Maple Salmon:

  • Spray the grill rack with non stick cooking spray.
  • Preheat the grill to high.
  • Rinse the salmon steak, and pat mostly dry with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle with the garlic, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle ample amounts of syrup in a light drizzling in a cross hatch manner.
  • Place on grill and grill for 4 to 5 minutes and turn, repast the step above and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In the last minute of grilling each side rotate the steak 90 degrees to create the cross hatch grill marks.
  • Remove to a platter and serve while warm.

Instructions For the Roasted Rosemary Potatoes:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Wash and peel the potatoes then cube per the ingredients list.
  • In a large bowl add all the ingredients and toss lightly to goat everything.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place on a shallow sheet pan.
  • Roast for an hour turning every 20 minutes until potatoes are golden brown.
  • Remove to a serving dish.

If you want a straightforward meal with plenty of elegance then this is a great combo to serve for dinner or a special event. Salmon is not only very health (wild salmon is healthier then farm raised) but is one of those fish that is loved by many.

This recipe has a nice sweet New England feel to it and it is so nice with the glazed Vermont maple syrup I would dare to say you may even get the kids to like it. As a mom of four I know that first hand as salmon is the one fish all but my most fussy eater will partake in.