I love salmon, why you ask? It’s an incredible food that provides exceptional flavor and nutrition….and it only takes minutes to prepare. Pretty great, right? Salmon is one of the best sources for those hard-to-find, health-promoting fats known as the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). You add these wonderful fats to the protein, vitamins and minerals of salmon and you see why this fish is incredible.
Now let’s talk about wild caught salmon. Wild caught has a deeper, more complex and fuller flavor than farmraised Salmon. At least this is my opinion. I have read a lot about farmraised vs. wild caught. With that I usually choose wild-caught whenever possible. There is also a variety of wild-caught salmon out there to choose from too.
King Salmon – It has a higher fat content and has a better flavor than other species of salmon.
Wild Sockeye – It has the second highest fat content and is considered to be the finest of the salmon, especially if choosing canned.
Wild Coho – One of my least favorites, but this is only my opinion. It has more of a fishy taste (I know, I know it’s fish, but more fishy then I prefer).
Wild Chum – Has more of a firm, coarse flesh that is pale in color.
Ok, have I confused you? Just go with the salmon you prefer and use this simple marinade. I promise you will have a quick and delicious meal on the table fast.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. For the 2nd year in a row I am away from my family on Valentine’s Day. Not fun, but luckily I head home really early tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to being back to our routine and hugging my little ones, hubby and my bear of a golden retriever Parker.
Simply Grilled Salmon
2 wild caught salmon fillets (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Wash salmon fillets and pat dry with paper towel. Place salmon into a large zip-lock bag.
In a medium bowl add lemon juice, olive olive, pizza seasoning, oregano, garlic, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Whisk together until well incorporated. Pour marinade into zip lock bag with salmon and close. Let salmon marinate for one hour in refrigerator.
Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Add salmon and grill on both sides until cooked through or to how you prefer your salmon (about 3 to 4 minutes on each side – depending on how thick salmon is too).
Serve immediately with sides of choice. Here I served over a bed of sauteed zucchini noodles with roasted sweet potato. Which by the way was delicious!
Note: For the zucchini and sweet potatoes: Use a mandoline and cut two zucchini’s into “noodle” like strips. In a skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon garlic and zucchini and saute until tender. For the sweet potatoes, cut one sweet potato into diced cubes and saute in 1 tablespoon coconut oil until cooked through and soft. Add sweet potatoes to zucchini and toss well. Serve with Salmon (above).