We eat a lot of salmon and cod because we live in Pacific Northwest. We buy a whole sales box straight from the fish buyer twice a year, so I have some always available in my freezer and cook them frequently. I try to cook them in various ways. We love eating salmon simply grilled or baked, but we tend to get bored with grilled/baked cod because cod is more plain tasting. Over the years, I tried different ways to eat salmon and cod. I should be posting more of those recipes here. There are a few really good ones that I want to post in the near future. But for today I present chowder. My all time favorite.
To make it a bit different than usual, sometime we smoke fish and make them into different dishes. Smoking fish is so great and so fun because it preserves the fish really well and it's super easy to do. We have a smoker but you don't even need a smoker. Just have to be creative and use what you got around the kitchen like this for example. You just need some sort of a stainless steel or metal container, aluminum foil, metal wire and wood chips. I love doing this in my backyard or while camping. If you do it indoor, make sure the fan is turned on all the way up!
Anyway we usually put a few different rubs on them, spicy one for the grown-ups, sweet one for the kids, hrby one for everyone.
I often make fish cakes like crab cakes, salmon dip, and soup with left overs. The chowder was almost better with smoked fish. It's also slightly healthier version because I didn't use any bacon since there was that smoked flavor from the fish. I do love bacon for the record.