Not only are salmon fun to catch, but they are also quite tasty. The following recipes give a glimpse into what can be done with Sockeye salmon. From chowder to dip, one can make a delicious meal or a mouth-watering party appetizer. Salmon are also filled with nutrients such as vitamin B, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Next time you get out on the water to do some salmon fishing be sure to bring one home (or grab some wild-caught salmon from your local grocery store) and try out a new recipe!
Pastry Wrapped Salmon
That salmon that is stacked up in your freezer or freshly caught can easily be made into Pastry Wrapped Salmon. This scrumptious recipe will be sure to delight any friends or family with its easy yet elegant presentation.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 salmon fillet (about 3 lbs) – trimmed to measure 5×14 inches, skin & pin bones removed
1 package (17.3 oz) puff pastry sheets, thawed
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs (or season salt/spices of choice)
1 egg, beaten
Heat oven to 400 degrees
On a floured surface, press short sides of the pastry together to form a rectangle. With a rolling pin, roll to an 11”x 15” rectangle. Transfer pastry to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Add olive oil and spread breadcrumbs (and/or spices) down the center of pastry. Lay the salmon on top. Cut pastry on either side of fish into 1” wide strips.
Fold the strips over salmon and twist them together, sealing in the center. (another option is to bring the sides together uncut & shape like a fish) Whisk together egg & 1 tbsp water – brush onto the pastry. Bake 25 minutes or until fish flakes when poked.
Do you have kids or significant others that are picky eaters? One can never go wrong with nuggets. This recipe works great for salmon, pike, halibut, and more.
1 salmon fillet (about 3 lbs)
¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
add pepper to taste
1/3 cup margarine, melted
Heat oven to 400. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick oil spray (or grease baking sheet). Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan, & pepper in the dish. Cut salmon fillet into 1 ½ inch square pieces. Dip in melted butter and then roll in bread crumb mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or till golden brown. Serve with honey mustard, tartar sauce, or barbecue sauce.
Seattle Style Salmon Chowder
The perfect meal for a chilly fall day out on the water. Fill a thermos up with this homemade salmon chowder that will be sure to warm you up between casts.
3 tbsp butter
1 leek, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium Russet potatoes, diced
1/2 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
1 bay Leaf
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
2 tbsp capers with brine
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups seafood/chicken stock
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb salmon, cut in chunks
Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in a big pot on medium-high.
- Add the sliced leeks and saute for 3-4 minutes until they soften.
- Add minced garlic and saute for another minute.
- Add the sliced celery, lightly crushed fennel seeds, dried parsley, dried dill, the bay leaf, salt & pepper to taste, tomato paste the capers with brine & diced potatoes and stir it all well.
- Add the seafood stock or chicken stock and mix everything together.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then cover and lower heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
- Once tender, use a potato masher to mash up some of the potatoes gently. You don’t want them all mashed…just a few to thicken the soup.
- Add 1/2 a cup of cream cheese and stir it well into the soup.
- Add the chunks of salmon, cover and allow them to cook for 3-5 minutes
- Add a cup of heavy cream and stir it gently.
- Season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Lastly, garnish with fresh chopped parsley and switch off the heat.
This delicious recipe can be made with a grill, oven, or even a fire. If you find yourself camping after a full day of fishing, wrap the Teriyaki Salmon in tin foil and place it in your fire where there are not too many flames.
1 salmon fillet (about 3 lbs)
½ cup honey
½ cup Teriyaki sauce
½ cup orange juice or 1 orange
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1/4 onion, cut into rings
Mix honey, Teriyaki sauce, orange juice, and garlic together in a large dish. Marinate the salmon for a minimum of ½ hour in the mixture, then broil for 10 – 15 minutes. Top with 4 tablespoons butter.
Simple Salmon Dip
If you don’t have much time but need to make a dish for a party or even for lunch, the Simple Salmon Dip is as easy as it sounds! It is quite versatile and you can add in hot sauce, chives, cream cheese, teriyaki sauce, and anything else.
1 can (15 oz) of salmon
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1/4 cup relish
Mix all ingredients together and add pepper and spices to taste. Serve with crackers or bread. If you want to add something fancy to this simple dip, garnish with shredded cheese or parsley.