Fish has a reputation for being hard to prepare the right way at home. That is not true at all. Here is a quick and easy salmon recipe using your toaster oven. The close proximity of the heating elements in a toaster oven provides the perfect cooking environment for the salmon.
Wild vs Farmed Salmon
First a few words about salmon and the quality of your food. Most people have heard that oily fish, such as salmon, contains large amounts of healthy omega 3 fatty acids. What some people fail to realize is that only holds true for wild salmon. Farmed salmon are quite different. Basically, the wild salmon eat a species appropriate diet of seafood and algae. This is how they are meant to eat, and the astaxanthin which is naturally occurring in their food supply is what gives salmon their deep red color. Wild salmon get a great deal of exercise, and exercise promotes good health in fish, just as it does in people. These natural fish are an amazing source of nutrition. Unfortunately, farmed fish are not just the same thing grown within a cage.
It is difficult to say exactly what farmed salmon eat, since the specific diet varies from fish farm to fish farm. But many salmon farms feed their fish things like grains and chicken parts. A very far cry from what nature intended. These salmon would be gray due to their diet if it weren't for dyes either added to their food pellets or to the end product. Most salmon farms tightly cram the fish into overcrowded pens, making exercise an impossibility. These farmed fish bear little resemblance to their wild counterparts. In the end, don't you think your health is worth paying a little bit extra for the real thing? Ok, now on to the recipe:
Ingredients for four servings
4 six ounce boneless wild salmon filets
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
Heat your toaster oven to 450 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the salmon filets on it, skin side down.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme, sea salt and pepper. Stir well. Spread this mixture evenly over the four salmon filets.
Bake on the top rack in your toaster oven for 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the degree of doneness desired. I like my salmon medium-rare, this takes 5 minutes. If rare fish disturbs you, leave it in until the fish flakes apart easily with a fork, about 8 minutes.