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Old 08-21-2009, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Salmon question

Salmon is supposed to be really good for you, so I decided I'd try it and see if I liked it. Went to the grocery store and bought some, got it home and opened the package, and when I flipped it over, it had skin on the bottom side. I've never bought a piece of fish that had skin on it before. Are you supposed to eat salmon skin? I'm not quite sure I like the idea of it. I've made other kinds of fish before, tilapia, haddock, things like that, and just assumed salmon would be similar. Is there an easy way to get the skin off besides cutting it and hacking the fish to pieces in the process? If it can come either with skin or without, is there a way to tell before you buy it? The packaging didn't say anything about skin on it.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should always eat the skin... the stuff that is best for you -- omega 3 fatty acids -- are all in the skin.

Of course, the fat can also contain all the bad stuff too (mercury, etc.).

That said, pan fry the fillets in a little oil until the skin is crispy. Flip the fish and stick it in a hot oven for a few more minutes until the fish is cooked (not over-cooked).
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cook it with the skin on and eat it off of the skin; the meat should separate from the skin without too much difficulty. You can eat the skin as long as there aren't any scales left on it. It's full of fat, and tastes like it, but it won't hurt you.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In case this is what you're asking, please remember to remove the scales. You don't eat the scales.
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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inBOIL nailed it, and you can cook it any way you want to with the skin on, then simply peel the skin off. The skin will come off easily after cooking. OR just eat the flesh from off the skin.

Salmon skin can be something that people will wrinkle their noses at, something about that really oily texture turns people off. As mentioned above, there are both benefits and drawbacks to eating the skin, so eat waht you want.

Of course, you have already paid for the skin in the price per lb of the fish, so... if you want to get your money's worth... eat it.
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Salmon skin will have a lot of fat in it, but there will still be many omega-3s in the flesh as well. Salmon is generally an oily fish all over. It's all good. Don't eat the skin if you don't like it, and you will still benefit from the healthy properties of the fish.

You should be able to find fillets with no skin, but this will be more expensive for an already expensive meat product.

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Always choose wild Pacific salmon if you can. This is the least contaminated of the salmon, and it is generally clean. Stay away from Atlantic and farmed fish.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You can also remove the skin like this:

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