Something magical happens when you top food with mayonnaise and cheese and then bake it. It forms this amazingly crisp but still creamy crust. If you’ve got any Slavic blood in you, you’re very familiar with this combination.
I am a huge fan of seafood and it’s a very common dish on our dinner table. This is a winner on many counts. I will always appreciate how quickly you can have an impressive seafood dinner completed. You can almost always count on seafood looking elegant and beautiful and absolutely, lip smackingly delicious.
It seems that most people are intimidated by seafood and it’s one of the things that they rarely make at home. In my opinion, fish is the easiest protein to prepare, as long as you don’t overcook it. It tastes amazing when you keep it simple.
Yes, I am the girl that makes homemade croissants, puff pastry dough, and complicated roulettes and dishes that take hours and days to make. I’m weird like that. My family has many stories to tell of all my experiments in the kitchen. What can I say? Cooking excites me. Everybody has their “thing”. Cooking happens to be mine.
However, dinners that are this simple are my specialty and my preference. I am so thrilled when something that takes so little effort produces such outstanding results. As you take a bite of the juicy, flaky salmon with the tender onions and creamy and crisp crust, don’t be surprised if you find yourself closing your eyes with pleasure. Seriously delicious. Add a layer of sweet and juicy tomatoes and a smattering of fresh herbs to elevate the salmon to an even higher level of perfection.
2 lbs salmon fillet
1 large onion, thinly sliced
salt, ground black pepper, to taste
1/4-1/3 cup mayonnaise (Homemade Mayo Recipe)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2-1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
1/3-1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
It’s best to use one whole side of salmon. However, if your grocery store doesn’t have a whole fillet, get two smaller pieces and put them together. Since we are topping the fish with onions, it will need enough time for the onions to cook through and become tender. Try to choose a thicker fillet, if possible. All of this is to make sure that the salmon will be juicy on the inside and still have a golden crust.
Season with salt and pepper. Season liberally, since the fish is very thick and the salt need to penetrate all the way through to the center.
You can also thinly slice or chop some tomatoes and place them on top of the onions and sprinkle with some fresh herbs. Now that would be delicious too.
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and garlic. The mixture should be thin enough to easily spread over the onions. Cover the surface of the onions with the creamy mayo mixture and spread it out evenly.
When you line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, it makes it so much easier to transfer the salmon onto your serving platter. Can you see how juicy and moist the fish is on the inside? Let me tell you, this dinner is AMAZING.
- 2 lb salmon fillet
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- salt, ground black pepper, to taste
- ¼-1/3 cup mayonnaise (Homemade Mayo Recipe)
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- ½-1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
- ⅓-1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the salmon fillet on the prepared baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Layer the thinly sliced onion on top of the fish, so it covers the surface of the fish completely.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and garlic. The mixture should be thin enough to easily spread over the onions. Cover the surface of the onions with the creamy mayo mixture and spread it out evenly. Top with the finely grated cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes,then broil for 2-5 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown.