For The Love Of Salmon And Zoodles

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Another week, another fantastic dish with my favorite fish! This recipe was a culmination of so many aspects I love about cooking. I had the opportunity to use my cast iron, practice pan searing, salmon, and using my spiralizer to make delicious zoodles. Making Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon With Zoodles was an adventure but also a breeze with a delicious reward at the end. It’s not very often I have the chance to cook fish in my cast iron and it didn’t come without some minor complications but in the end, this recipe came out perfect!

This one-pot meal started off with a quick and easy searing of the salmon. I have made salmon on a couple different pans but surprisingly, I have never pan seared fish on a cast iron skillet. I waffled back and forth on the proper way to begin, skin side first or flesh side first. Before I made my ultimate decision I was generous and added a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil. I think just using all olive oil would suffice but I was very cautious when it came to the fish sticking to the pan. After the skillet had preheated I placed the salmon in the pan skin side down. Previously, I started with the skin side up but I wanted to try something new. The salmon did begin to crisp but did stick a touch to the pan. By the end of prepping my protien, there was hardly any skin left which was fine for me because I don’t eat it anyway!

Doubling the sauce is a must. Originally, I made the simple lemon garlic butter sauce as the recipe directed but it just wasn’t enough for me. I whipped out a separate pan and made some extra sauce on the side. In the instructions below I doubled the ingredients for the appropriate amount so when you give this delicious dish a try it truly is a one-pan meal. While this is probably my millionth salmon dish, this recipe is officially my favorite!

Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon with Zoodles

What You Need:DSC_0746.JPG

  • 1 salmon fillet, cut in 3 or 4 chunks
  • 4 -6 zucchini spiralized, depending on size
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil.
  • 6 – 8 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh chopped parsley, divided
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. red crushed chili pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • Fresh chopped scallion, for garnish

Instructions:
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  •  Thoroughly season salmon fillets on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the pieces of salmon to the skillet, skin side first, and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side – depending on thickness. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  •  In the same skillet, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add lemon juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, half the parsley, and red pepper flakes.
  •  Add the zucchini noodles and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly to coat in the butter sauce, until zucchini noodles are done but still crisp and juices have reduced a bit. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and garnish with more parsley.
  • Push zucchini noodles on the side and add salmon fillets back to the pan. Reheat for a couple of minutes. Serve immediately lemon garlic butter Salmon garnished with chopped scallion and a lemon slice on the side.
  • Server and enjoy!

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  •  Thoroughly season salmon fillets on all sides with salt and pepper.DSC_0750.JPG
  • Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the pieces of salmon to the skillet, skin side first, and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side – depending on thickness. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  •  In the same skillet, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add lemon juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, half the parsley, and red pepper flakes.
  •  Add the zucchini noodles and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly to coat in the butter sauce, until zucchini noodles are done but still crisp and juices have reduced a bit. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and garnish with more parsley.DSC_0759.JPG
  • Push zucchini noodles on the side and add salmon fillets back to the pan. Reheat for a couple of minutes. Serve immediately lemon garlic butter Salmon garnished with chopped scallion and a lemon slice on the side.DSC_0762
  • Server and enjoy!DSC_0764.JPG

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