Salmon Skin Benefits:
1) It’s a healthy food source.
Salmon skin is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for your body. These fats have been shown to reduce inflammation and fight cancer. They may even help prevent heart disease! (source)
2) Salmon skin contains vitamin A, B vitamins, calcium, iron and magnesium.
Vitamin A helps protect against macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness). Vitamin B vitamins help maintain healthy eyesight. Calcium helps strengthen bones and teeth. Iron helps regulate blood sugar levels and promote normal growth and development.
Magnesium aids in muscle contraction, nerve transmission, brain function, bone health and other functions.
3) Salmon skin is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
It also contains very little trans fat or hydrogenated oils.
4) Salmon skin is high in iodine content, which is essential for thyroid function and immune system functioning.
5) Salmon skin is high in selenium, which plays a role in DNA synthesis and detoxification.
6) Salmon skin contains phytochemicals such as lignans, flavonoids and polyphenols.
These plant compounds may help lower cholesterol levels and protect against certain cancers. Some studies suggest they may also reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have found that these chemicals may improve cognitive function and decrease depression symptoms.
Is Salmon Skin High in Calories?
Many people wonder if they can eat salmon skin because it’s high in calories. Salmon skin is surprisingly low in calories, with just 65 calories in 3 ounces of cooked salmon skin (about a small handful). Of course you can always eat less than a handful! (If you’re on a diet or watching your weight, stick to no more than a few bites per day).
Can You Eat Salmon Skin Cooked?
Yes. The cooked salmon skin also known as the drippings is just as edible as the raw skin. It’s crunchy and a little salty. You can eat it plain as a snack or toss it into a stir-fry or any other dish to add a bit of a smoky flavor.
Can You Eat Salmon Skin Raw?
No, never eat raw salmon skin (or any other raw fish for that matter). Always cook it first. It’s very easy to do; just pan fry it on both sides in a little oil or grill it for a couple of minutes on each side. It can also be oven baked or even microwaved very quickly.
Is Salmon Skin Edible?
Absolutely! In fact many people think the skin is the most flavorful part of the fish.
What Does Salmon Skin Taste Like?
Salmon skin has a mild flavor with a bit of a “smoke” taste, which comes from being cooked directly over an open fire. Many compare it to the taste of bacon.
How to Eat Salmon Skin?
Many people eat the skin straight up as-is, no other preparation needed. It can also be crumbled and added to salads or used as a breading for other foods.
Sources & references used in this article:
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) skin contains a novel kininogen and another cysteine proteinase inhibitor by A Ylönen, A Rinne, J Herttuainen… – European Journal of …, 1999 – Wiley Online Library
Use of PFGE typing for tracing contamination with Listeria monocytogenes in three cold-smoked salmon processing plants by G Dauphin, C Ragimbeau, P Malle – International journal of food …, 2001 – Elsevier
Oral administration of marine collagen peptides from Chum Salmon skin enhances cutaneous wound healing and angiogenesis in rats by Z Zhang, J Wang, Y Ding, X Dai… – … of the Science of Food and …, 2011 – Wiley Online Library
Alar anaesthesia: a kinder method by A Stanway, P Salmon – Australasian journal of dermatology, 2006 – Wiley Online Library