Three Popular Salmon Dishes

Posted on: 1 February 2023

For a lot of people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of fish as a meal is salmon. This pink fish is available at virtually every restaurant you visit that specializes in seafood, including those that have a waterfront location. If you've had salmon a few times over the years and want to try it in different ways, you can expect to have a bunch of options when you visit a waterfront seafood restaurant. Here are three popular salmon dishes that you can order as a main course — perhaps after an appetizer of calamari or shrimp.

Blackened Salmon

Blackened salmon is a tasty salmon dish that gives this fish some spicy notes. To create this dish's signature blackened look, the kitchen staff will coat a piece of salmon in a variety of spices. The exact spices can vary between restaurants, but they usually include black and cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, and something sweet such as brown sugar. When fried, the spices take on a black or dark brown appearance that releases intense flavors into the fish. It won't remotely taste burnt, despite its name, but you can expect each bite to pack a spicy punch.

Glazed Salmon

It shouldn't be a surprise to see some type of glazed salmon dish on the menu of any seafood restaurant that you visit. The glaze is brushed on multiple times during the cooking process, which gives it a rich, thick quality that offers plenty of flavor. Salmon glazes vary but tend to primarily feature sweet notes. For example, you'll see a lot of salmon glazes that have honey or maple syrup. Some even feature alcoholic beverages such as whiskey, which can add extra flavor notes. Occasionally, glazes include hot pepper flakes, giving a sweet and spicy flavor to the fish.

Lemon Dill Salmon

A classic way to prepare a piece of salmon is with the help of several slices of fresh lemon and a few sprigs of fresh dill. These two ingredients impart all sorts of flavor notes into the salmon. The lemon offers a sour tang that complements the sweetness of the flesh, while the dill has an herbal taste that can often add sweet and earthy notes. Lemon dill salmon can be grilled or poached, and you'll often have the option of choosing either cooking method at the restaurant you visit. Give one of these salmon dishes a try during your next waterfront seafood meal.