I’m only now realizing that I have truly lived a double life. By this, I mean that my life has two distinct chapters: life before Everything Bagel seasoning, and life after Everything Bagel seasoning.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I really think I’m the reason Trader Joe’s has to restock that seasoning so frequently. I’m also not ashamed to admit that I finish one bottle in a week. Hey, this is a judgment free zone, okay? A safe space.
I put this seasoning on quite literally everything. Why? Well, because it just makes everything taste so much better. Raw veggies? Can’t eat them without this. Avocado? Don’t even try with me. Straight up? I don’t feel comfortable just yet to confirm or deny whether or not I eat it with a spoon. (I promise, I don’t. That’s a little extra. But I guess you’ll never know).
Regardless, I would like to introduce to you my latest (and perhaps) greatest: everything bagel crusted salmon.
This dish looks so much more difficult to prepare than it actually is. In fact, you will be shocked at how quickly your dinner will be made – I definitely was. All that’s involved is salmon (fresh or frozen), some olive oil, salt, pepper, and the everything bagel seasoning. I served this with my fluffy lemon tricolor quinoa, which is also one of the easiest things to make!
If you haven’t yet purchased everything bagel seasoning yet, please do so immediately (I found mind at Trader Joe’s). I promise that it will change your life and you will be shooketh. Oh and I guess you can also make your own. So there’s that.
Everything Bagel Crusted Salmon with Lemon Quinoa
- Salmon (fresh or frozen)
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Everything Bagel Seasoning
- A great pairing: Tri-Color Quinoa
If cooking your salmon from frozen:
First rinse under cold water to rid of any ice build up. Pat with towel to dry, and then brush with olive oil generously on both sides of fillet. Heat a large skillet with olive oil, place the fillet in, and let cook for about 2 minutes uncovered, and about 3 minutes covered until cooked through (this depends on how large your fillet is). Flip and cook for a couple minutes on the other side to ensure it is fully cooked. Generously season this side with everything bagel spice. Lastly flip your salmon, spice side down and cook on low for about 1-2 minutes.
If cooking fresh salmon:
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil, and place in pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning (or in my case, pour) on top of the salmon, and flip to cook spice side down for another 4 minutes or so, until salmon is fully cooked.
For the quinoa:
Boil 2 cups broth of choice (veggie or chicken - I find that broth yields a much flavorful quinoa than water, but you can of course still use water) with 1 cup quinoa and cook 10-15 minutes until quinoa fluffs and absorbs all liquid. Season with salt, pepper, squeeze of fresh lemon.