Salmon

Salmon is low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Eating two to three servings per week of foods rich in omega-3 is a healthy choice. While 80% of all of the salmon sold is farm-raised, wild salmon is the best option.

I’ve found during my years of teaching adults how to cook that the thing they fear most (and ruin most often) is fish. My favorite fish recipe for novice cooks is Italian-Style Salmon cooked in the microwave.

The microwave is the perfect way to cook seafood because it cooks food from the inside out and also creates steam, which keeps the fish moist. Salmon can be prepared in the microwave in just five minutes!

ITALIAN-STYLE MICROWAVE SALMON

You can vary the flavor of this recipe by changing the type of olive oil-based salad dressing you use. Try substituting an Asian, citrus-flavored or honey-mustard-based oil dressing for the Italian dressing to create a flavorful new fish dish!

3 pounds salmon fillets with skin, thawed, washed and patted dry

1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup Italian salad dressing

1/4 cup diced green or red bell peppers (or a combination of both)

1 tablespoon orange juice or lemon juice

1. Season both sides of the fillets with the poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Place the fillets in a shallow microwave-safe baking dish. Fold and tuck the narrow ends of the fillets under to make the pieces uniform in shape. This will help the fish to cook evenly. Place the thickest pieces near the edge of the dish.

2. Using a small bowl, mix together the Italian dressing, bell peppers and orange or lemon juice. Pour dressing mixture over the fillets. Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Fold back a small (1-inch) section of the plastic wrap in the corner of the dish to allow steam to vent.

3. Place a small, microwave-safe saucer, upside down, on the turntable in the microwave. Place the dish containing the fillets on top of the saucer to elevate the dish and ensure that the fish cooks evenly. Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes on High. Fish should be moist and flake easily. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning author of seven cookbooks. Learn more at www.tickettodream.org

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