Broiling Salmon Is Quick, Easy & Efficient
You may be asking yourself, did he say “broil” salmon? Who broils anything anymore?
There are lots of great ways to cook salmon – roast, poach, steam, grill but why broil? I like to think of broiling salmon as upside down grilling. Yes, there are a few differences but each uses high, direct heat to cook the fish in a short amount of time.
So if you don’t have a grill or it’s covered in 4 feet of snow or you are short on time and don’t want to wait for the charcoal briquettes to heat up, broiling is a good alternative.
This is the most basic recipe you’ll find on How to Broil Salmon. I adapted it from a recipe I found at a new affiliate I’m just starting to work with called VitalChoices who sell “the world’s finest wild seafood and organic fare, harvested from healthy, well managed wild fisheries and farms.”
I’m going to give them a try and see how I like their products.
The recipe also included a cooking video showing how easy it is to broil salmon and is a good reference for those of you who may not be familiar with this classic technique. I say classic because I remember as a kid my mom broiled lots of our meals although I wouldn’t say she had her technique down. Most of those meals were overcooked and dried out which is easy to do if you are not careful and paying attention.
What Type of Pan to Broil In?
The recipe and video show preparing the salmon in a cast iron pan and I think it is a fantastic piece of cookware for broiling but any ovenproof pan will do. In our house, we like to use a baking pan covered with aluminum foil. Makes cleanup a lot easier.
No matter what you use, take caution when removing the pan from the oven. It’s going to be hot so use an oven mitt.
As I said earlier, this is the most basic of recipes but don’t let that stop you from coming up with your own ideas using some of your favorite fresh local ingredients. Below the recipe I’ve listed some alternative ideas for adapting this simple broiled salmon recipe that should give you some ideas to start with.
Additional Ingredients For Broiled Salmon
Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze – blend some garlic, rosemary and thyme with a little Dijon mustard and oil and spoon it over the fillets in the last 2 – 3 minutes of broiling.
Garlicky Broiled Salmon – Drizzle with olive oil, garlic slices and thyme and broil.
Honey and Soy Broiled Salmon – Combine some soy sauce with a little honey, then some rice wine vinegar, lemon juice and of course a little minced garlic and you have another great alternative.
Broiled Salmon with Tarragon Butter – Melt some butter, add some fresh lemon juice and fresh tarragon and spoon over fillets after 2 – 3 minutes of broiling. Very elegant.
Broiled Salmon with Truffle Oil – Substitute 1 tablespoon of truffle oil with the olive oil and you now have an entirely new dish.
Broiled Salmon with Blue Cheese, Lemon and Dill – how about mixing together some blue cheese with fresh dill, shallots, wine and a little lemon juice that you can add to the salmon fillets during the last 2 – 3 minutes of roasting. Be careful not to burn the cheese.
1 Minute Broiled Salmon Video by VitalChoice