The taste, the texture, the flavour – we’re sure salmon among you knows what we’re talking about! Smoked salmon has now become a staple of the everyman’s refrigerator, partly because of its delicious and unique flavour, and also due to its wide versatility. Don’t leave it lying there in the cold – our team at Azzopardi Fisheries, popular providers of fresh fish in Malta, have put together a few ways of using smoked salmon.
Bring it out for breakfast
Whether served on scrambled eggs or in an omelette, smoked salmon makes for a tasty and healthy breakfast ingredient; it’s a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and a number of vitamins which help to prevent depression and are highly beneficial for eye health. Besides this, who can resist juicy layers of salmon spread out on hot, buttery toast and eggs first thing in the morning?
Brie & Salmon Cucumber Bites
Feeling fancy? These delicious cheesy morsels are perfect for entertaining guests, and they’re not even complicated to prepare either. Simply bake chunks of brie for about 12 minutes in the oven, add some capers, garlic and scallions, and then spoon the mixture onto cucumber rounds – adding a topping of smoked salmon and dill.
Use it in a pasta sauce
Smoked salmon is one of the most flavoursome ingredients you can add to a pasta recipe, preferably served with a creamy base. Combine it with capers, onions, and olive oil to create a simple yet classic sauce. Use leftover salmon trimmings to cook up a carbonara with cream, eggs and chives for an indulgent dinner treat.
Serve up a summer salad
Quick, easy and perfect for the hot Maltese summers, a smoked salmon salad is ideal for a light yet nutritious lunch or supper. Grab your favourite greens (spinach, lettuce, celery) and mix them together with cucumber, tomatoes and perhaps some avocado for a variety of textures and flavours. Season with vinegar, oil, pepper, sea salt and lemon juice.
Pack a lunch-to-go with a smoked salmon sandwich
Another great summer snack, salmon sandwiches are easy to prepare and very healthy too. The best pairing is, of course, a thick cream cheese to complement the sweet flavour of the fish. Add some Greek yoghurt and dill as an extra layer of topping along with capers and tomatoes; use your favourite sandwich bread to complete the recipe (you can never go wrong with a bagel!)
Visit Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay, where we have a variety of smoked fish in Malta, including a wide selection of smoked salmon: Smoked Salmon Gravlax, Smoked Salmon Superior and even Smoked Salmon trimmings. If any of you would like to share any ways of using smoked salmon, feel free to do so in the comments – we love hearing your ideas!
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