Maybe you've always had a soft spot for salmon. Or maybe you only recently realized how amazing it tastes—and how incredibly good it is for our hearts, brains, and skin. Regardless, the fish has always seemed slightly intimidating—a restaurant-worthy meal, not one to make at home.
That is, until we witnessed how unbelieveably simple it is to cook, either in the oven or on the stove. All you need are a few pantry staples (olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, and a lemon) plus a fillet (about six to eight ounces should suffice for one).
One last tip: Go for wild salmon if possible. It may be a bit more pricey than farmed, but it has a better taste and more vitamins and minerals, along with fewer calories and less fat. After you've picked up your fish, click one of the cooking methods below for a ridiculously easy and tasty homemade meal.