Some may find it a little pricey but I suggest that a closer look will reveal that it is in fact a bargain. As I mentioned, smoked salmon is a very flavorful ingredient and I often use a small amount to flavor my dishes. I recently purchased an 8-ounce piece at Trader Joe's for $7.50 and got three meals out of it, or roughly $2.50 per meal for a delicious, healthy portion of protein.
The kind of smoked salmon that I prefer is a whole piece of salmon fillet, usually sold sealed in plastic. I find it is more versatile than the thinly sliced variety and that I like the texture and chunks of salmon. A bonus feature of smoked salmon is that it's ready to go straight out of the package. I enjoy it best as an ingredient as opposed to a discrete piece of protein on the plate.
Here are a few ways I like to use smoked salmon:
• In a green salad, along with fresh peas and thin slices of sweet red onion.
• Smoked salmon and eggs are best buddies, so stir it into scrambled eggs or tuck it into omelets.
• Similarly, it's a great addition to a fritatta, along with softened leeks and goat cheese.
• Toss it into pasta along with fresh herbs, lemon and a dollop of creme fraiche.
• Make onigiri (Japanese rice balls).
• Make salmon salad with mayo, green onion or chives, and chopped radishes and stuff it into a pita with crunchy pea shoots or other sprouts.
• Salmon cakes may seem fussy, but they are easier than you think and can be made in advance.
What are some of your favorite ways to use smoked salmon?
(Image: Dana Velden)