Singaporeans love eating seafood. In fact, each person consumes approximately 22 kilogrammes of seafood on average as compared to the global average of around 20 kilogrammes. In addition, this figure is on the rise, as evidenced by the efforts to produce 1,000 metric tonnes of farmed salmon in Singapore by 2025 to satiate demand.
Health and Nutritional Benefits of Salmon
Nutritionally dense and somewhat considered a 'superfood', Salmon is an important part of a healthy diet. A fish that is high in lean protein, fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A, B, and D; Salmon is a great protein to eat if you are seeking to improve your health. Some of the health benefits include:
Supports Cardiovascular Functions and Promotes Brain Health
Salmon is rich in fatty acids such as Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Additionally Salmon also contains Potassium. The fatty acids and Potassium are beneficial to the heart, as they help mitigate artery inflammation, lower bad cholesterol levels, and maintain blood pressure levels. Which is why eating Salmon on a regular basis can significantly reduce heart-related issues such as heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. These fatty acids are also essential in preventing age-related brain decline.
Repairs Damaged Tissues and Protects Bone Health
Salmon is also high in lean protein. Apart from needing essential nutrients, the human body also requires protein. Protein helps the body build and repair damaged tissues and cells, as well as maintain muscle mass during weight loss. Apart from lean protein, Salmon is also high in Vitamin D. One should eat more Salmon to triple the body’s intake of vitamin D to reduce the risk of bone disease.
Possesses Anti-Ageing Properties
Apart from the above, the fatty acids found in Salmon are useful in maintaining one’s skin health, as it moisturises the skin and protects it from Ultraviolet (UV) damage, thus preventing premature ageing and wrinkles. Another nutrient that helps combat ageing is the Carotenoid known as Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is known to be a powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals created by skin that has been exposed to the Sun’s harmful UV rays.
Best Ways to Prepare Salmon
Not only is eating Salmon good for your health, it is easy to prepare. Here are some preparation methods.
To make it easier to flip, have your Salmon fillet sliced into individual pieces before grilling. Grill the pieces over medium-high heat (190 to 200°C) at approximately five minutes per side to get that lovely charred exterior while keeping the flesh moist and tender. The fish is considered cooked when it flakes easily.
Heat your cooking oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Season as per taste and increase the temperature to medium-high. Cook skin-side up for three to four minutes till it turns golden brown. Flip it over and cook for another three minutes, until it feels firm and the skin starts to crisp.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line your tray with Aluminium foil and grease it. Season as per taste. In a small bowl, whisk your condiments, herbs, and spices together, and pour it over the Salmon pieces before wrapping it up with the foil. Bake until the Salmon pieces are cooked through (approximately 25 to 27 minutes).
Tips On Thawing Frozen Salmon
If you are planning in advance, thaw your frozen Salmon in the fridge. Ideally, you want to slowly thaw it roughly 12 hours before cooking it. If you are in a hurry, or there is a sudden arrival of guests, thaw your frozen Salmon by submerging it in a bowl of cold water. This should take about an hour or so.
Have Your Frozen Salmon Delivered to You
Unless you are willing to head down to the fishery port in the wee hours to select your catch, it will make more sense to buy frozen Salmon online from the comfort of your home. Additionally, your frozen Salmon fillet will be delivered to your doorstep, which means you don’t even have to step out of your house. Here at All Big Frozen Food, you can rest assured that our products are of the highest quality. Contact us right now to buy frozen salmon online and prepare that healthy tasting meal for your friends and family!