Whenever I visit my older son at college we stop at the corner bagel shop. Ethan and I always order the Whitefish Salad with Baked Salmon. Each time I can't get over how delicious it is. The smokiness of the whitefish is balanced with the freshness of the salmon perfectly. I decided that next time Ethan comes home I would make it for him. I think I got it just right. Give it try, I bet you will love it.
Ingredients for "Corner Bagel" with Whitefish Salad and Baked Salmon:
1 pound smoke whitefish
3/4 pound fresh salmon
1 cup mayonnaise
Time-Saving Tip: The Whitefish Salad and Baked Salmon can be made a day in advance. It keeps well in the refrigerator.
Let's see what we need.
Now we can make the Whitefish Salad and Baked Salmon.
I wanted to show you that my pieces of fish weren't the exact sizes as stated in the ingredient list. The fishmonger was a little off with the salmon but that's fine. The weights are close enough. I use the OXO Good Grips 11 pound stainless scale with a pull-out tray. Click HERE for more information regarding the scale.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a pie plate with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Place the salmon on top of the paper and lightly brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until done. You want the salmon fully cooked. Cool a bit and then flake fish with a fork.
While the salmon is cooking it is a good time to prep the whitefish. I am wearing disposable food gloves so my fingers don't sell like smoked whitefish for the next couple of days. Click HERE to learn more about the gloves. Remove the skin of the fish. You will see that it comes off very easily. Then with your finger gently pull the fish away from the bone. Some of the bones are so thin they are easy to miss. Go slowly and while removing the fish rub it lightly with your fingers to make sure there are no bones. Place the fish in a bowl. Using a fork break it into small pieces.
Add the flaked salmon to the whitefish. Then add the mayonnaise and stir. It's ready!
Now, you are ready to build the most delicious bagel sandwich. Pick out your favorite bagel and start layering all of the ingredients. Be sure to sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the tomato. This looks so good. I can't wait to share this with Ethan. I know you will love it, too.
This Whitefish Salad and Baked Salmon are truly so simple and delicious. Of course, it makes the best spread for a bagel but this is also delicious to serve with crackers for cocktails.