Monday, June 25, 2012

Sesame Miso Maple Salmon

Though I don’t often post recipes that contain fish or animal protein – I do consume both in moderation. Eating fewer animal products is better for the environment but I also truly believe in bio-individuality and that every person is different. Some people thrive on a vegan diet while others need animal protein to maintain optimal health, etc. If you choose to eat animal products, seek out organic free-range chicken local organic grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish (not farm raised). To find out why, click here!

When it comes to fish, salmon is one of my favorites! Generally, salmon is easy to find and can be prepared in so many ways! It is delicious as is – plain Jane. The fish is light and fresh when cooked with lemon, garlic, and parsley. And it takes on an Asian flare beautifully when prepared with flavors of ginger, miso, and soy…my personal favorite!

Salmon is an excellent source of protein and one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. What does that mean to you? Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are associated with decreased cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Omega-3s can also lead to improved mood and cognition, decreased signs of depression, improved eye-health, and offers joint protection.

In this recipe I chose to broil the salmon; however, you could also bake, grill or pan-fry. In addition, the combined flavors boast an Asian flare so I served the salmon with an Asian vegetable - Bok Choy.

2 (4oz.) wild-caught salmon fillets
3 tablespoons of tamari (soy sauce or Braggs amino acids)
1 tablespoon of hoisin
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
2 teaspoons of Miso paste
1 teaspoon of chili paste (skip this if you don’t like spicy foods)
1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
2 cloves of minced garlic

Place the oven rack approximately six inches away from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.

Brush an oven ready pan or skillet with oil (or EVOO spray). Place the salmon skin-side down.

Whisk together all ingredients (with the exception of the salmon) in a small mixing bowl and use a basting brush to coat the salmon fillets.
Place the salmon under the broiler for approximately 8minutes or until just cooked through. The top should be browned and slightly crunchy.

Remove each fillet from the pan, separating the fish from the skin. Serve with Bok Choy or your favorite veggie. Enjoy!

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