How to save on Salmon! (+ awesome recipe)

Here is what bothers me with our country. “Healthy food is expensive.” False. How much money did you spend at Starbucks this morning? Here’s a recipe that will cost you $3 and is so much healthier than something at McDonald’s for the same amount of money. Don’t believe me? Keep eating at fast food restaurants to save a buck or two. Just wait til your medical bills are through the roof because you didn’t invest in your health NOW.

To make 4 fillets, use the measurements below. (If making less than 4, here’s a chef secret for you…exact measurements really don’t matter, use as a guideline!)

In a small bowl, mix together:

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon of lemon zest (if you have a zester)

2 tbl olive oil

1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Great job! Now, pour a little more than half in a shallow dish to let the fish marinate in. Place your fillets in the dish and make sure each one is well coated. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, covered with saran. It doesn’t have to marinate as long as chicken or other meat, because it’s simply not as dense. I actually marinated mine for 2 hours the other night, just because I was busy and had to marinate extra early, and it came out SO UNBELIEVABLY MOIST! But, 30 minutes works too 🙂

Place your oven on 400º. Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil. Why? So that when it’s all said and done you don’t have to clean the pan! Just throw away the tin foil!

Add your fillets to the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, unless yours are much bigger than mine, in which case more like 10-12. I like mine not 100% cooked, I love sushi. 5-7 minutes gives just enough to time to be nice and juicy and not overly done!

Serve with the other half of the marinade that we set aside earlier. Voila! So simple. Hardly any prep work or clean up and incredibly inexpensive. But only inexpensive if you buy it my way…

Go to a restaurant and order 4 salmon dinners? $80. What a rip off! Go to the grocery and pick up salmon for a family of 4? $20. No, no, no! You’re right, that IS expensive!! Here is my trick to keeping the costs down on many of your groceries. Go to a wholesale club and buy a big chunk of salmon. Bring it home, and cut into 7-8 fillets. Wrap individually in saran and place in freezer. That brings the cost down to less than $3 a serving! When you decide you’re having salmon, take as many fillets as you need out of the freezer and place on a plate. They will defrost in no time!

Thanks for reading!

Have a great week!

Chef Stef




8 thoughts on “How to save on Salmon! (+ awesome recipe)

  1. I just came across your blog and I enjoy its simplicity. would like to start something similar but more foused on african dishes. Keep it up. Will be following you

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