Salmon is a flavorful fish loaded with many nutrients including anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for reducing inflammation in the body from environmental toxins, poor nutrition, and more. This week’s salmon recipes make it easy to add a serving or two into your week with little time, effort, and ingredients! When purchasing your salmon, be sure to select wild-caught to assure you are getting high-quality omega-3s found in properly grown salmon. Try one or both of these recipes these week and enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal in a flash, enjoy!
Salmon with Citrus Spice Glaze
-1-2 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
-2 tbsp(s) orange juice
-1/2 tsp(s) smoked paprika
-1/4 tsp(s) ground cumin
-1/4 tsp(s) crushed red pepper
-4 piece(s) (6 ounces each) center-cut skin-on salmon fillet
- Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on medium.
- In small bowl, stir sugar, juice, paprika, cumin, and red pepper until sugar dissolves.
- Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper on flesh side of salmon.
- Grill salmon, skin side up, 4 minutes, then carefully turn salmon over.
- Brush sugar mixture over salmon. Cook 4 to 5 minutes longer or until fish just turns opaque throughout, continuously brushing sugar mixture over salmon.
- Carefully remove salmon from grill by sliding long, thin spatula between flesh and skin. Discard skin.
Salmon with Creamy Lime Sauce
-1 medium lime
– 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
-1-1/2 tsp ground cumin, divided
-1 tsp honey
-1/4 tsp salt, divided
-Dash ground black pepper
-1 lb fresh salmon fillet, with skin
-2 tbsp olive oil
- Grate 1/2 teaspoon peel from lime and squeeze 1 teaspoon juice. Stir together sour cream, lime peel, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper in small bowl. Set Lime Sauce aside.
- Rinse and pat dry salmon. Sprinkle flesh side with remaining 1 teaspoon cumin and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fillet, skin-side down, and cook 4 minutes. Carefully turn fillet. Continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes more or until fish flakes easily with fork (145°F).
- Cut fillet into 4 pieces. Serve with Lime Sauce on top or on side of salmon.
Challenge of the Week: As the activities of the day fly by, we often fail to just take time to appreciate the beauty of nature around us. This week I challenge you to take at least 3 minutes every day to simply sit still and observe the beauty of the sky, trees, people, and anything else you can see around you. You can do this in your car, at a sporting event, on your porch, or anywhere else you can be outdoors. Feel the beauty and peace of the world around you!
Kay Simms, MS, HFI, CSCS