Salmon is one of the most delicious fish breed out there and extremely rich in the heart healthy Omega-3 fish oil. Due to the health benefits of fish oil, fish should be part of every healthy diet. However, Salmon is quite an expensive breed of fish. If you find Salmon a little bit out of your budget range or find yourself unable to buy Salmon as often due to the cost, this article will outline a few tips to make eating Salmon costing you almost nothing. In fact with some of the tips outlined below, you can have cuts of salmon that are richer in healthy fats, extremely delicious and unavailable in the more expensive cuts.
The cuts of Salmon discussed below are considered ‘left-overs’ by fishmongers, because of their extremely low price, they are not usually being displayed front and centre in the stop display. You may have check the store corners or ask the fishmongers to get you some from the backroom/storeroom. They are truly a hidden gems.
The fleshy bits that are attached to the fins are extremely juicy and rich in fish oil.Fishmongers usually mix the fins and bones strip together in the same container, therefore you may not be able to choose only to buy the fins, but then why would you? bones strips are delicious too and have many uses in recipes. Your fishmonger may let you to buy just the fins without any bones strip if you’ve been a very good loyal customer and if you ask extra nicely. Worth a try…
Simply pan fry or grill the fins with a little salt and pepper. Eat it with a dash of lemon juice and soy sauce dipping, or yogurt tartar sauce. Super delicious!
Salmon Bones Strip
This is one of the cheapest cut of salmon you can buy. Not only thus cut is extremely versatile to use in sandwiches, it is one of the most oil rich cut of Salmon making it highly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. With a little patience and afford you can easily remove all the bones making a clear boneless salmon strips. Quite often you will get a few Salmon fins included as you buy the strips.
Simply thoroughly wash the strips under running water to remove all the slime. Using a clean tweezers or long nose wire pliers pull off all the fine bones. After all the bones are off, give them another wash. Pan fry the now boneless Salmon strips as you would to bacon.
One of the best cheap cut of Salmon, so much meat and rich in oil. It is unbelievable that people consider this as left-over cut of fish. The fact that nobody want’s it make people like us extra lucky, that we can enjoy delicious cut of salmon for next to nothing.
Collars are attached to fish heads, so you cannot buy just the collars alone without also buying the fish heads. This cut of fish is best pan fried or grilled, consumed with a squeeze of lemon juice and yogurt tartar sauce.
Eating fish heads may be quite intimidating to most people. But if you can get pass the fact that you are eating heads, this cut of fish is actually quite delicious and perfect for soup and stew. Do you know that Fish head soup is a delicacy in China and South-East Asia?
If you do buy this cut, ask the fish monger to split the head into half down the middle. So you can clean up the head.
Preparing the heads for cooking is easy. Just wash the head under running water first, then remove the internal organs such as the gills and small bits. Don’t forget to clean up all pockets of blood (this is important) because they give off strong ‘fishy’ smell when you cook them. Just give it one more wash at the end and your fish heads are ready for soup.
Fish heads usually come with the collars attached. I suggest separating the collars as they are better for pan frying rather than in soup, although having them in soup is ok too.
Fish heads are good substitutes for any soup recipes that call for fish fillet or cutlets such as Balinese Yellow Fish Stew.
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Delicious tartar sauce recipe made from yogurt which contains probiotic cultures that help to strengthen your digestive tract and protect you from the mercury in fish.