Small Dice Challenge: Buttermilk Salmon

Let me tell you a little story.  It involves love, betrayal, and possibly….muuuurder.  It was a chilly night.  My husband ran to the corner store because alas we were out of milk. I wouldn’t be going to our regular store until the next day, and it was a milk and cookies emergency. After dinner, I reached into the refrigerator to pour a glass and picked up…Buttermilk!!! Son of a… My husband bought buttermilk! The only people I have known to drink buttermilk are my Papa and Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. Besides being disappointed, I didn’t know what to do with it.  I thought about fried buttermilk chicken, like Mimi is known for, but I had a whole chicken and wasn’t about to cut it up.  I did however have some salmon.  So I decided to try it, except baked not fried.  I put buttermilk and salmon into a Ziploc bag overnight.


The next day I took it out.  I had some pecans so I decided to smash some to mix with flour for some nutty taste.  It was fun crushing them in a bag.  I then set up a little work station for my flour/pecan mix and egg.  I took the salmon out of the bag and dipped it into the egg and then into the flour/pecan mix and placed it on a piece of foil.  Then, I put it into the oven at 350°.

I quickly sautéed some Brussel sprouts with butter and garlic which is absolutely the best way to cook them.


After about 15 mins., I checked on my baking salmon and wondered why it was not making a crust.  Then I realized it needed some oil on top, so I threw some avocado oil on it, and it finally started to get that crust.  After about 20 more mins., it was sizzling and ready to come out.

IMG_20160323_204532My children loved it.  My daughter usually doesn’t eat the skin off of the salmon, but this time she ate the whole thing!


Author: HungryEyes

I am a mother of two married to a Pastry Cook. I have worked in restaurants in various positions, but ended up as a teacher. Since having my last child, though, I am a stay-at-home mom trying to survive by cooking from home. I have never been someone who could open the fridge and whip up meals willy-nilly, but have been inspired by watching reruns of Chopped this summer. My post Small Dice is an ode to the show and, also, a challenge to myself to become a better cook and a more efficient mom. In addition, I love movies and music. I will be harassed throughout this blog for my love of Doris Day and Billy Idol, because they will be sure to come up, but I don’t care, it’s nothing new for me.

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