Looking for something with a little more “exotic” taste, while also simple to make? Try this recipe for Ginger Salmon – and get some extra omega-3’s as well!
Salmon is nutritionally dense, which means you get a lot of nutrition packed into less calories. So, adding salmon to your diet is good for keeping up with a low calorie diet program. Salmon are described as anadromous; this means that they are born in fresh water before spending a large portion of their lives navigating the open sea only to swim back to their birthplace in order to spawn. But there are plenty of other benefits from eating salmon as well.
Salmon is also an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but it is their content of omega-3 fatty acids that receives the most attention. The most beneficial omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish as eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). They are contribute to healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general wellbeing.
16 oz. Salmon fillet
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp minced ginger
¼ cup mirin (Japanese condiment available in the ethnic food isle of most supermarkets)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vodka
1 tbsp butter
2 scallions chopped (white part only)
3-4 sprigs cilantro
4-5 shitake mushrooms, sliced
Cut salmon into 1” squares. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium high heat. Add salmon, ginger, and mushrooms. Sear together for 1 minute, then pour in the mirin, soy sauce and vodka over the salmon. Turn the heat to medium – cook for about 3 minute, or until fish turns pale. Add butter and turn off the heat. Spoon the salmon onto a serving plate, top with scallion and cilantro. Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Info (estimated)
Per serving – 359 calories. 24g protein. 6 g carbohydrates. 22g fat (5g saturated), 1g fiber.
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