Ever cooked with keta salmon before? It will soon become your new favorite way to eat salmon! Baked in tin foil to perfection, it’s a healthy and low carb dinner idea!
Salmon is something we enjoy regularly. At least once a week, we’d whip up either sweet chili salmon or pan seared salmon. However, if our local seafood store has fresh keta salmon in stock, that’s our ultimate favorite!
What is keta salmon?
Often referred to as chum salmon or dog salmon, keta salmon is the most popular and distributed salmon within the Alaskan salmon family. The peak season for harvesting them is June to October, but is easily available year round in most fish mongers and seafood shops.
Unlike traditional salmon, the keta variety is leaner and meatier, and has less of a fishy taste than most seafood.
Baked keta salmon in tin foil
This keta salmon recipe is the easiest and most delicious way to prepare it. Because of its naturally sweeter flavor, seasonings should always be kept at a minimum and the cooking method should be simple. Our favorite way to enjoy it is to bake it in tinfoil, and it requires minimal prep. The salmon turns out moist and flaky.
20 minutes, 5 ingredients, and deliciously healthy and filling, it’s perfect for those who follow a low calorie, low carb, and/or gluten free diet.
How to cook keta salmon?
- Keta salmon fillet– Try to choose a large fillet that could feed 6-8 people that have its skin intact.
- Garlic– Freshly minced.
- Butter– Unsalted and measured in its melted state.
- Salt and pepper– To taste.
- Parsley– Freshly chopped.
- Lemon– Freshly sliced lemons, not the juice.
Start by patting dry the salmon fillet to ensure there is no excess moisture around it. In a small bowl, whisk together the minced garlic with melted butter until combined.
Next, line a large baking tray with tin foil, allowing enough room on both sides to cover it up. Place the salmon skin side down onto it. Brush the top of it with the garlic butter mixture, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley. Place the lemon around the edges and cover with tin foil.
Now, bake the salmon for 17-20 minutes, before sprinkling with extra parsley to serve.
Why bake salmon in foil?
There are tons of ways to cook keta salmon but baking it in tin foil is the easiest and most delicious. Here is why-
- It cooks the salmon evenly. The foil keeps all the heat and distributes it all evenly throughout.
- There is no prep required. All you do is season the fish and place it on the foil and Voila- You throw it in the oven.
- It requires simple seasonings. The beauty of baking salmon in foil is that there is no need for excessive seasonings. Salt, pepper, and some lemon juice are all you need!
Storing, freezing, and reheating instructions
- To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days. Any longer and the fish will no longer taste fresh.
- To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled fish in an airtight container, then drizzle the foil juices on top. Store the container in the freezer for up to two months.
- Reheating: Microwave for 30-40 seconds until warm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Keta salmon is a leaner and more firm than traditional kinds of salmon, like sockeye or Atlantic. Nutritionally, the keta variety has 22 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat per 3 ounce serving whereas sockeye/Atlantic salmon has 20 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat.
Keta salmon is a versatile salmon for cooking. It is great for baking, poaching, grilling, and also used in pasta dishes.
As keta salmon is a leaner cut, it is sweeter and has less of a fishy taste than other fish or seafood.
Baked keta salmon is quite mild on its own, so pair it with some fun sides, like cauliflower potato salad, cauliflower mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, or a simple potato salad.
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Baked Keta Salmon
- 2 lb keta salmon fillet * See notes
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup parsley freshly chopped
- 1 small lemon sliced
- Preheat oven to 220C/450F. Whisk the garlic and melted butter together.
- Line a large baking sheet with tin foil, allowing plenty of overhang on each side. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Pat dry the salmon fillet. Place the salmon skin side down on the baking tray. Brush the garlic butter on top, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley. Place the lemons around the edges.
- Fold the foil over the salmon and bake for 17-20 minutes.
- Lift the foil and sprinkle with fresh parsley and lemons, to serve.
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