Food·Posted on May 9, 2017Here's The Truth About The White Gunk On SalmonGasp!by Michelle NoBuzzFeed StaffLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail If you've ever cooked bacon, you know that a single strip of the cured pork can magically produce an entire panful of fat. Flickr / Peter Galvin / Via flic.kr And if you're like me, you probably thought the same thing happened when you cooked salmon, and that the white stuff coming out of your fillet was ALSO fat. Twitter: @luv2hate_caLi Well, put the spatula and paper towel down, because as the more-informed half of the internet corrects us yet again, that foamy white waste is actually a soluble PROTEIN. 😧 Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Walt Disney Pictures / Via instagram.com :: Mind blown :: It's called albumin, and it's completely harmless. @tastyyogi / Via instagram.com As America's Test Kitchen explains, "When the muscle fibers in the fish are heated, they contract, pushing the moisture-filled albumin to the surface of the flesh." Sure, it may LOOK like unappetizing gunk, but that's really the only reason why you may want to remove it from your fish. @moncaba1124 / Via instagram.com There are ways to minimize the appearance of the white runoff — like cooking the fish at a lower temperature or brining it prior to cooking. thekitchn.com Just 10 minutes in a 6% brine solution (1 tablespoon of salt per cup of water) should do the trick. Glazing the salmon might also help (and make it more delicious!). damndelicious.net Recipe here.