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How Do I Choose the Best Dipping Sauce for Salmon?

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  • Last Modified Date: 08 October 2017
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The bad news is that you find yourself in a jam, confronted with one of the most difficult questions facing humankind: Which is the best dipping sauce for salmon? The good news is that there is a strategic method that can help you answer this question. You first need to consider your resources and then the specific party to which you are catering your meal. Lastly, it is important to go over all the possibilities to find the right dipping sauce for salmon.

Unfortunately, most people have limited resources and unlimited wants. This is a principle of economics, but this article is about choosing the best dipping sauce for salmon. The key is to make the best sauce you can while conserving time, manpower, and money. This can be done by finding cheap and easy yet still delicious salmon dipping sauces. If you don't care about how much time, money, or effort is put into a recipe, then you can completely ignore this point.

Budget and amount of effort should not be the be all and end all for a recipe, but they should certainly be considerations. After you have worked out where your constraints lie, the fun begins. Next, you should put some thought into who will be eating the food. Think about what it is your diners — whether they be family, friends, or strangers — will enjoy.

The answer to this question could give information about what dish is most appropriate. If it is just you or a few close friends and family members, you can afford to be daring or selfish in choosing a recipe. If the dinner party is broader or you are cooking for people whose tastes you are unaware of, it will probably pay to be more on the conservative side.

You should also think about what kind of flavors you enjoy with fish. This is similar to the flavors you probably enjoy with other foods. Some people might enjoy salty foods, while others prefer sweet undertones in dipping sauce for salmon. Some food lovers crave spicy foods, while others need mild flavors with their meals. Understanding your personal preferences next time you browse a recipe book might help you identify four or five options to try.

Get your list down to four or five options, then try making them. Take into account which dipping sauce for salmon you like the best, then practice making it. If all else fails, you can try to follow food blogs or other websites for more options.

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giddion
Post 4

It's always good to ask your guests if they have any food allergies before choosing a dipping sauce. I had already made up a sauce that contained pineapple, soy sauce, and a little bit of peanut oil when I learned that one of my guests had a peanut allergy.

He could have died if he had eaten the sauce. Luckily, I learned this in time to ask him what he would like to use as a sauce that would be safe for him to eat.

He came into the kitchen and made the sauce himself. I figured that this was best, since someone with a peanut allergy would already be aware of which ingredients might secretly contain peanuts.

Kristee
Post 3

@lighth0se33 – I agree with you. Steamed salmon does need help in the flavor department.

I usually bake my salmon, and I use a dipping sauce that is made from the same stuff as my marinade. Before I stick the salmon in the oven, I cook this mixture on top of the stove.

I mix butter, brown sugar, honey, and lemon juice together in a sauce pan. I heat it up and stir it together until everything has blended. Then, I pour it over the salmon in the baking dish.

When the salmon is done, I serve the rest of the sauce in a cup. Since baking dries food out a little, the sauce helps replenish the salmon's moisture and flavor.

lighth0se33
Post 2

I think that a big factor in deciding what sauce you need is how you plan to cook the salmon. If you are going to bake it in a marinade or with seasoning, then you will need to use a light sauce that complements those flavors you have already added to it.

However, if you are going to steam the salmon, you will want to use a more powerful sauce. Steamed salmon only has the flavor of the fish itself, so you will need to use a sauce that contains plenty of spices or intense flavors.

When I steam salmon, I make a dipping sauce from butter, garlic, and dill weed. I cook the sauce for a few minutes over low heat to meld the flavors together, and I drizzle it across the cooked salmon.

DylanB
Post 1

Salmon has such a naturally savory taste that I prefer a slightly sweet sauce to go with it. Salmon's flavor borders on salty, so adding a sauce that is salty would just be overkill.

I like to dip my salmon in teriyaki sauce. It has a hint of saltiness, but the dominant flavor is sweetness. At the same time, it isn't so sweet that it nauseates me.

I have also heard of people making their own teriyaki dipping sauces out of soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, and garlic. I prefer to go the easy route and buy teriyaki sauce in a bottle. That saves on time, which is always a concern of mine when I am preparing a meal for guests.

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