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How do you cook your coho?

by 10077 · August 06, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Today I picked up a fresh coho salmon on sale. I filleted it badly, and now have an odd mix of chunks and bones. I froze a lot of it in water for later eating. Of what remains:

-The meaty bones will get simmered in a pot to make soup, along with onions, garlic and butter. Skin and bones will get tossed.

-The fillet chunk will get poached and eaten with some chard.

How do you fix your salmon? Any tips on cooking, spices and preservation would be appreciated.

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2031 · August 05, 2011 6:29 PM

I can't believe you're going to toss the skin! It's the best part. Stock the bones, but spare the delicious skin, IMO.

930 · August 05, 2011 6:22 PM

Grill it! A little fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt and we just throw it on the grill (skin side down) until cooked through. Flakes easily and the bones are easy to pick out if you want, or you can mash them up into the meat. My husband eats the (grilled) skin. He calls it "the ocean's bacon" :)

5763 · August 06, 2011 7:22 AM

i do salmon sous vide at 41C, and i deskin the filet and fry the skin separatly on pan. And if i feel like it, i do beurre blanc sauce.

1548 · August 06, 2011 5:32 AM

Fried in bacon grease in a cast iron pan. S&P to taste. Maybe some onions.

After cooking steaks on the Weber grill there is usually still a good bunch of coals left so I'll sometimes close the vents up, slap a spiced and frozen fillet on the rack and close it up and go eat dinner. Come back after dinner and the fillet will have been cooked perfectly on the residual heat. The coals will snuff themselves out with the vents shut.

You do not want to freeze it in water. It will turn to mush. Adding mass also slows the freezing time and that makes for larger ice crystals that tear up the cell membranes exasperating this effect.

1650 · August 05, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Being from the pacific NW, you KNOW I love my salmon. I have a recipe posted on my blog here:

Basically it is cooking it in either white wine or coconut water, wrapped in tinfoil in the oven. Its lovely and moist. Mm!

And also the right temp to roast veggies, so I will do that at the same time.


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12362 · August 05, 2011 6:25 PM

I like to bbq it whole - in a mix of maple syrup and wheat free tamari and wrapped in tinfoil (then the smaller end bits get almost candied while the thicker parts remain juicy and delicious).

In my opinion less is better when it comes to salmon. Less cooking time and less 'stuff' added. Salmon is great undercookd but is terrible when over-done.

1653 · August 06, 2011 at 11:49 PM

I was on the hunt for some salmon recipes a while back, and i came across a few that suggested mustard as a condiment for salmon. I was super skeptical at first, but i gave it a shot and it was delicious! is a great source for inventive recipes.

I used dried mustard powder as a substitute for the bottled ones, and it worked out just fine. this recipe was pretty good. with your salmon tidbits, i'd probably prepare it as a filler for a vegetable wrap or a topping to potatoes or whatever. your call. I'm usually not picky about how i put my food together :-)


19504 · August 06, 2011 6:48 AM

I place tinfoil and then parchment paper down and then place the fish on the parchment paper and grill. Sometimes I add butter or lemon.

616 · August 05, 2011 8:12 PM

We grill it on cedar planks in hot weather, but in winter/ cooler weather I prepare it "en papillote" --

Cut enough parchment paper to have the end result form a packet. Place salmon skin side down with a nice big dollop of ghee or pat of gf butter, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a sprinkle of parsley. Close up packet (I roll tightly or staple them); pop them in preheated 350 oven for 10- 12 mins.

It's almost impossible to overcook it this way. And the method really brings out the flavor; simple but tasty.

Oh, and we eat the skin, too :-) Fried in coconut oil until crispy - yummm.

1173 · August 05, 2011 6:55 PM

Grilled! In a deep plate I toss a little oil and some Coconut Aminos and coat the fish.... and get a good sear on each side, and cook for just a few more minutes... (I like mine a little rare!)

1468 · August 05, 2011 6:40 PM

de-skin and take out gray matter under skin, rinse and pat dry, liberally squeeze lemon on fish and add some of the rind too, then sprinkle Paul Prudhomme's Red Fish seasoning (which i use for veggies and all meats too). Cook at 400 for 12-20 min depending on thickness etc...

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