Cheesy Baked Salmon

Cheesy Baked Salmon is a salmon dish where whole salmon steaks are lightly seasoned with garlic, pepper, lemon and salt, then topped with creamy mayonnaise, bechamel sauce and quick melt cheese then baked until top turns golden brown.


For me, salmon is one of the best seafood out there, it is perhaps the best fresh water fish, one of the tastiest fish you will ever try. Its fatty, it meaty, it’s not fishy, refreshing, subtle but very filling. It is one versatile fish where it can be served raw or cooked, in salads or in main courses and it can be accompanied with different flavours. We are fortunate enough to live in New Zealand because we do have an amazing quality salmon here which can compete or be even better with salmon you get from Alaska, Canada and Norway. I can confirm that since I had tried different varieties of salmon from these countries and the freshness and fattiness, we get from New Zealand salmon is outstanding. Even the cheapest ones we buy here in the supermarket looks like sashimi quality where it is well marbled like a wagyu steak.

While salmon steaks are not usually cheap, once in a while our supermarket puts them on sale, especially when they have a lot of stock on hand. Salmon steaks here costs around NZ$35.00 per kilogram, at worse they can go up to NZ$45.00 per kilogram but on good days it can go down to NZ$22.00 per kilogram. Today was one of those good days hence we bought two large chunks and will be preparing some Cheesy Baked Salmon, a dish that is well loved by Filipinos.

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Cheesy Baked Salmon

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Global

Description

Cheesy Baked Salmon is a salmon dish where whole salmon steaks are lightly seasoned with garlic, pepper, lemon and salt, then topped with creamy mayonnaise, bechamel sauce and quick melt cheese then baked until top turns golden brown.



Ingredients

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Salmon

  • 2 pcs 350 g salmon fillet steaks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

Béchamel Sauce

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp plain flour
  • 400 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • salt
  • pepper

Toppings


Instructions

  1. Prepare your bechamel first. Melt butter in a pot over low heat then stir in flour, mix until consitency is even and flour is cooked.
  2. Gradually pour milk while constantly mixing, continue stirring until sauce becomes smooth and thick.
  3. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  4. Remove from heat then set it aside.
  5. Rub minced garlic and lemon juice into salmon steak then season it with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Place salmon fillet, skin side down, on a baking sheet lined with baking paper or an oven proof serving platter.
  7. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on top of salmon steak.
  8. Pour bechamel sauce on top, then top it further with quick melt cheese.
  9. Bake in a 200C preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, then broil for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven, sprinkle chopped parsley on top then serve.

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6 Responses

  1. Raymund, when can I come over for the dinner? This looks too good to miss in life!!!

  2. We subscribe to a service that brings salmon (and other seafood) from Alaska, so we have it a lot. This looks really tasty and unique!

  3. suituapui says:

    Maybe my girl will love this! She loves salmon and she loves cheese! Will show her your post, thanks for sharing.

  4. While I prefer my salmon without any additions most of the time (just salt and pepper), this dish looks utterly addition. The outer creamy cheesy layer looks so good! Cheers to good grocery days 🙂

  5. Woah – this dish looks amazing! That creamy cheesy mixture is calling my name. I happen to have all of the ingredients to make this recipe, so I need to put it on the menu now. That is my kind of comfort food!

  6. Oh my word, does this look good! I’ve never cooked salmon with cheese but I assure you that I will be doing it soon. It looks like a nice wintry dish when you need something full of comfort.

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