Salmon is one the most popular fish on dinner plates throughout the United States. However, for those new to cooking salmon at home, there are a few small errors that, when committed, can quickly turn a perfectly nice piece of fish into something you might not even want to serve your cat. Here are five common mistakes that we all make when cooking salmon at home and how to avoid them.
Not removing pin bones.
Fact: Most salmon fillets have pin bones in them. Also fact: If you purchase the salmon from a fishmonger, they will remove the pin bones for you. Also, also fact: If you don’t have your fishmonger remove the bones, or if you don’t get your salmon from a fishmonger, you can simply remove the bones yourself by using a pair of tweezers. It might seem like a small step, but pin bones are really unpleasant to swallow. Take a few extra minutes during prep to make sure your salmon is pin bone-free. You can thank us later.
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Mistreating the skin.
No one likes soggy salmon skin, which is typically what happens when you bake salmon or pan-fry it incorrectly. Properly cooked salmon skin isn’t just delicious, though, it also protects the flesh of the fish and keeps it moist. To get that delicious skin, make sure to cook your salmon skin side down on the stovetop over medium to medium-high heat. Also, make sure the fish is patted dry and comes to room temperature before placing it in the pan, both of these will help ensure that the skin gets super crispy.