Let the Fish do the Talking
As the premise of this blog is creativity, it’s accurate to say that I love trying new things, ideas, flavors, etc. While I like to approach things from a creative viewpoint, it is also important to know when to hold back. Sometimes, simple is best.
This past weekend my husband when out fishing. It was the last day of the coveted Spring Chinook season and as he hadn’t been able to get out on the water this season really wanted to snag a fish. And he did!
I helped him gut and fillet the fish and let me tell you, it was a beautiful fish. Fresh fish is one of my favorite things to eat. Its delicate flavor doesn’t need a lot of seasoning, just a simple salt and pepper. We baked this fish, but you can pan fry or grill too. Because salmon has a nice flavor, especially fresh, I think it’s a waste to coat it with a lot of sauce or herbs. However, miso or teriyaki sauces tend to be lighter than others and can enhance the flavor of the fish. Usually though, when it comes to flavorful fish, I’m a purist.
For a meal like this, I say get creative with the side dishes. We chose to stay simple with our sides this time by paring the fish with mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus. It was a perfect spring meal and the fish was melt-in-your-mouth tender.