Garlic Butter Baked Salmon is a simple dish of baby salmon infused with butter and garlic then baked to perfection.
Who does not love a good salmon, its buttery flavour and delicate texture is addictive. One of the best seafood there is and its life cycle has attributed to its texture and flavour.
Unlike any other fish species salmon have a really great life cycle which is very interesting. Their life starts as eggs like other fishes where they are laid in freshwater streams in high altitudes, once hatched they stay in the stream for 6 months to three years the first develop vertical stripes (parr stage) until they develop a bright silver colour (smolt stage) as they age. At this moment there are only 10% who will survive, as a smolt their body chemistry changes which allows them to live both in salt and fresh water. Salmons then spend 1 to 5 years in the open ocean until the time they are sexually mature and once ready they then travel back to their natal stream to spawn. It’s a wonder how they could navigate back to where they were born first because it’s a long trip up stream and sometimes involves rapids and short drop falls and they can locate in pinpoint accuracy the exact place where they were hatched. If you put that in numbers a typical salmon can travel over 1400 kilometers and climb 2.1 kilometres from Pacific Ocean to the stream where they were hatched. Isn’t that interesting? I guess there are only few fish species that can do this, do you know of some?
For today we will be featuring this awesome fish, a simple baked recipe to enjoy its truest flavour.