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Some restaurants really聽knock it out of the park with salmon. The flesh is tender and flaky, the skin is crisped to perfection, and the flavor is off the charts.聽Yet when聽you try it for yourself聽at home,聽you end up with tough fishy-flavored fillets that could turn you off聽of salmon forever. The good news is that with a few simple tips and tricks, you too can ace the task of plating 鈥 and even grilling 鈥 the perfect salmon.聽Scroll on for four of our favorite methods.

Pan-Fried Salmon With Crispy Skin

  1. Remove fillets from the fridge and gently pat them dry with paper towels.聽Take extra care in drying the skin; you don鈥檛 want聽any excess moisture. Allow fillets to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  2. Heat a stainless steel or cast iron skillet over high heat with enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, and let it heat up until聽the oil is shimmering.
  3. Right before letting the聽salmon hit the pan, season聽the top of the fillets as well as the skin side with salt and pepper.
  4. Lower the heat to medium-low, and carefully place fillets in the pan, skin-side down. Gently press it down with a spatula for about 10 seconds to prevent the skin from curling up and warping the shape of your fillet. Cook skin-side down for about six minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, it should read at about聽120 degrees Fahrenheit at this point, which promises a dreamy translucent and flaky medium-rare center. Carefully flip the fillet and cook it for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  5. Transfer the fillet to a paper-towel-covered plate to drain excess oil, and let it rest for a few moments before serving.

Flaky Baked Salmon

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with an oven rack placed in the center of the oven.
  2. Remove fillets from the fridge. If they aren鈥檛 marinated, gently pat them dry with paper towels and season with salt, pepper, and your preferred seasonings, then slather on whatever sauce you plan on using (if any),聽setting some aside for serving. Allow fillets to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to ensure an even cook.
  3. Once the oven is ready to go, place fillets in a baking dish and transfer them to the oven. Bake them for about 4-6 minutes per 1/2-inch of thickness. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into one of the fillets and gently twisting. If it鈥檚 flaky and opaque in the center, you鈥檙e good to go! If using a meat thermometer, aim for an internal temperature of about 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

  1. Soak聽a cedar plank for about 60 minutes, or as per the directions that came with the plank. This prevents it from burning.
  2. Lay your salmon fillet down on a flat surface and check for pin bones. The best way to do this is to gently run your fingers along the top of the fillet. If you find any little prickles,聽remove them with聽a clean pair of tweezers. Once this is done, season聽the fillet.
  3. Pre-heat the grill聽at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. For an extra smokey flavor, throw a few chunks of mesquite or cherry wood on top of the coal before closing the lid.
  4. Once the grill reaches聽the聽desired temp and smoke is spilling out of the vents, place the presoaked plank onto the grill; heat it for about five minutes. This will char the plank and give聽your salmon an even more intense smokey flavor.
  5. Carefully flip the plank over so that the charred side is facing upward; place the salmon on top. If you鈥檙e using a sauce, slather it on now. Top it with fresh herbs and slices of citrus fruit for extra flavor infusion.
  6. Close the lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes before checking it. With a meat thermometer, take the fillet鈥檚 internal temp. Once it reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the thickest part of the fillet, carefully remove the salmon from the grill. Let it rest for a few moments, and serve.

Easy Broiled Salmon

  1. Position the oven rack about six inches from the broiler. Turn on oven to broiler setting.
  2. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
  3. Season salmon fillets and dress them with your choice of sauce.
  4. Place beneath the broiler and let cook for about 7-8 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them, as every broiler is different.

A FEW HELPFUL TIPS聽TO聽KEEP IN MIND

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