favor-“ette”: a salmon tip

So I had just taken this salmon dish (which I make on the regular) out of the oven, and decided to snap a quick pic for IG, as I do.

When I went to take a look at the photo after dinner,  I was horrified to see this:

brining salmon tip

Major yuck, right? I don’t know why I didn’t notice it immediately when I served it but here it was.

And then – like magic – I came across THIS article in my feed later in the week. So apparently that white stuff is albumin (coagulated protein) – which gets pushed out of the muscle fibers of the fish as it cooks, and coagulates at the surface.

Mystery solved!

And since I had bookmarked THIS recipe, I decided to put this tip to the test.

perfectly cooked salmon

Bingo.

As the article promised, the salt water brine breaks down the muscle fibers near the surface of the fish – so when it cooks, those fibers congeal without contracting and pushing out that unsightly albumin.

Even better? Just like with turkey or chicken, brining creates a juicier fish – so there’s less danger in overcooking/drying it out.

Recipe’s below – check it out and let me know if you try this tip!

brining salmon tip

Broiled Salmon with Scallions and Sesame
adapted from Bon Appetit

3 tablespoons kosher salt
3 cups water
3 8-ounce skin-on center-cut salmon fillets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 teaspoons honey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus additional for sprinkling
2 bunches scallions

Place salt, water and salmon in a large ziploc bag – let soak for at least 10  minutes or up to overnight.

Whisk the garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds in a measuring cup.

Discard the brining liquid from the bag and add half the marinade (reserving the rest) to the salmon. Turn to coat and let sit for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the broiler; toss the scallions with the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Place on a baking sheet and broil for 3 – 6 minutes, or till lightly charred around the edges.

Remove salmon from marinade (discard the marinade); place atop the scallions and pour some of the reserved marinade over. Broil for 6 minutes. Spoon more marinade on top and broil for 3 – 6 more minutes, or till medium-rare in the center. Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and serve.

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