Crab legs, beef tenderloin, shrimp. They are all wonderful options for a New Year's Eve feast. But don't forget the salmon!
This heart-healthy and easy-to-prepare fish is a can't miss choice for guests, your special someone or just yourself. To find out the best way to prepare this omega-3 option, we checked in with Village Food Market, which actually has some of the best fish in town.
Mike Bell, one of the Market's butchers, said the store offers three types of salmon--Norwegian, Chilean and Sockeye. The two former are farm-raised and the Sockeye is wild caught.
"The Norwegian is a bolder fish, whereas the Chilean is a milder tasting salmon," Bell said. "The Sockeye has a richer flavor."
Bell advises allowing a half pound of fish per person. Then it's all up to you. While some like to drizzle olive oil on their salmon then sprinkle with dill, others opt for plain.
"One time I tried the Montreal Seasoning on a piece of Norwegian salmon, and that was very good," Bell said. "You can pretty much use whatever you'd like."
After you have seasoned your salmon with whatever flavors you want to add, it's time for the oven. Bell says to bake the fish on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
That's it. It really doesn't get any simpler that preparing salmon. And the cost is nice, too. The Chilean salmon is priced at $7.99 per pound, the Norwegian is $8.99. The Sockeye, because it is wild caught, is the top rung at $10.99 per pound.
Even better, nearly any side dish goes well with salmon--rice, potatoes, asparagus, broccoli or pasta. Now go and enjoy your feast!