I currently have a freezer full of salmon.
We aren’t big fish eaters. I like just fine but the other three eaters in my house don’t care for it. Last year I think I cooked salmon three times and it was a fight to get the girls to eat every bite. I’ve never cooked other kinds of fish. Gasp!!
So when my brother-in-law told me that he was going on a fishing trip to Alaska and that he’d bring me back some salmon, I gave him a very blank stare. Sure enough, I came home one day to a freezer full of salmon fillets (to be fair, he’s also storing his portion at our house).
Yesterday I decided it was time to bite the bullet and prepare salmon for dinner. I love salmon (despite my earlier comments about liking fish “just fine”), but I also wasn’t in the mood for dinnertime fighting and nagging. But with a freezer full of salmon, the girls better get used to the idea of eating fish more often. Plus I know that it’s amazingly healthful.
As I pulled the fish out of the packet to marinade it, Elle immediately started talking about how gross it was. Ha! I let her touch the skin, which she loved, and talked about what part of the fish the fillet came from. By this point, she was a little more on board. When it came time to actually sit down and eat, I was surprised at how willingly she ate everything on her plate–salmon first. The last time I cooked salmon was not so easy.
Evie took a little more convincing–she is going through that stage–but by the end of dinner she had eaten all of her salmon if nothing else. It was seriously a dinnertime success where I thought we would have fussing and bribing, and lots of exasperated sighs from my direction.
Really the point of this post is not that I have a freezer full of salmon. I’ve brought you this far because I need to crowdsource ideas on what to do with all of this salmon!
I have a few ideas–I’m dying to try some salmon cakes (though most recipes call for canned salmon) and my friend Katie shared this Buzzfeed post on four ways to cook salmon. There’s the way that I normally prepare salmon, but I’m looking for fun and different ideas. Maybe smoked in Scott’s new smoker!
What else? What else? Please share your favorite salmon recipes with me!
And if you feel so inclined…come on over for dinner.
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