Did you know salmon is one of the best sources of B12 on the planet? Ha! I bet you didn’t know that! My holistic nutrition classes must be coming in handy (they better be at least). So the next question you may have is what can vitamin B12 do for you? B12’s importance is widespread since this nutrient is so vital to our health, affecting our blood, nervous system, energy level and overall wellness. Eating foods rich in vitamin B12 enhances your body’s usage of this vitamin since these foods naturally contain other nutrients that act in synergy with vitamin B12, therefore contributing to your optimal health. Ok, am I completely boring you now with nutrition mumbo jumbo? I have to put this holistic nutrition education to use with all of you. Did I almost tell you I’m almost done too?! I am on my last three classes and I will be a certified holistic nutritionist by the end of September! Yippee!! As much as I am loving the classes I’m ready for studying and homework to be done with. I now remember why I chose to go the art school route when going to college the first time around. I got to do fun things like draw and be craetive instead, totally kidding…well sort of.
So let’s talk about this salmon recipe. I have to admit I have a slight obsession with salmon these days. Not only for it’s health benefits but it’s a super easy dish on nights were I’m super tired and very hungry. When we were in Florida it was pretty easy to drive less than a mile to my local fisherman for some fresh wild king salmon. It was pretty awesome and tasted like heaven. Since moving to Charlotte I was super worried about finding a fish market replacement. Well, luckily my friends here in Charlotte filled me on the happening place for wild caught fish. I have to say I have never been in a fish market that was quite this fancy and doesn’t smell like fish! I know weird right, a fish market that doesn’t smell like fish…go figure! Let me tell you as much as I loved my fisherman back in Florida I would be in the market for 5 minutes and I would walk out smelling like I was the fish. Anyway if you live in Charlotte or come to vist you have to check this place out, it’s called Clean Catch Fish Market. The people are super nice and know all you need to know about fish. One more reason why I’m loving our new city. Oh, one more thing….I found a local source for organic pastured eggs, chicken, and grassfed beef….the little things that make a girl excited. I’m telling you the local markets and produce here are my dream come true. Already planning on doing the Know Your Farms Fall Tour in September. Sounds amazing! The little ones are pretty excited about the farm tour also but mostly so they can see all the farm animals.
Ok once again I’m rambling and all you really want to know is about the recipe, right? Well here you go. Enjoy! It’s a super easy recipe to make on those nights where you just don’t want to cook but have to because your stomach is growling and so is the rest of your families.
Moroccan Spiced Rubbed Salmon
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 – 4 ounces wild salmon fillets, skin on
In a small bowl, combine paprika, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and sea salt. Rub the mixture evenly on the tops of the salmon fillets gently pressing mixture into the flesh to adhere.
Heat a grill pan on medium-high heat and lightly coat with a little coconut oil or other fat of choice (you won’t need much because salmon is already a oily fish). Add salmon, skin side up, and cook for 2 minutes. Turn and cook skin side down, until salmon is opaque throughout, about another 5 minutes. You can gently remove skin by using a spatula if you prefer.
Serve salmon immediately alongside sides of choice. Here is served with roasted asparagus and cauliflower carrot mash.
Makes 4 servings