It's All About Salmon
Wild sockeye salmon is in peak season right now, so I've been inspired to highlight some of the many ways this nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory protein can be prepared. Wild salmon is one of the safest and healthiest fish currently available to us, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It is distinguished from farmed salmon by its nearly red flesh, and is far leaner than its fatty relative. These whole foods recipes are nearly all appropriate for a paleo or gluten free diet, and many of them are also suitable for a macrobiotic protocol. Regardless of how you eat, they are all delicious, interesting and easy ways to prepare this wonderful fish.
Shrimp Tacos with Avocado and Lime
Shrimp Tacos with Avocado and Lime are one of my favorite small plates. Taco spots are abundant in Southern California and these little hand held meals are a perfect snack, appetizer or entrée (depending on how many you eat!)
Spinach Linguine with White Clam Sauce – Linguine con le Vongole
This recipe for spinach linguine with clam sauce is a great summer dinner dish. During cooler weather I like adding tomatoes to the sauce, which gives it more body, but the lighter flavors of wine, olive oil, garlic and plenty of parsley are fabulous on their own.
Asian Style Broiled Snapper with Ginger, Lime and Shiso
This easy entrée of broiled snapper with ginger, lime and shiso leaves is equally great for every day or a dinner party.
Lebanese Style Stuffed Baked Fish with Tahini Sauce
This Lebanese-inspired recipe for stuffed baked fish with tahini sauce is well worth the time it takes to prepare. Once the stuffing and sauce are made, assembly is a breeze. If you are entertaining, make both a day ahead and assemble and bake the fish at dinnertime.
Baked Fish with Tahini Sauce
This quick, easy and delicious recipe for baked fish with tahini sauce is a favorite in my family. It is a variation on a classic Middle Eastern-North African recipe, with a few touches. Choose a white fish like snapper, tilapia or halibut. We’ve also made this with wild salmon.
Seafood Provencal: Fish with Tomato,Olives, Anchovies and Herbs
This stunning whole foods recipe for seafood Provencal is equally good for entertaining or a family dinner. Tomatoes, olives, anchovies and herbs create a fantastic, southern French backdrop for any white fish or shellfish.
Provencal Style Sea Bass with Tomato, Dijon and Herbs
Any firm white fish can be used in this delicious whole foods recipe for Provencal style sea bass with tomato, Dijon mustard and herbs. This is delicious, simple, country French cooking at its best, and makes an excellent entrée for a dinner party.
Sautéed Shrimp with Asparagus, Tomato and Herbs
This whole foods recipe for sautéed shrimp with asparagus, tomato and herbs is a wonderful and easy spring or summer meal. The dish can be served with pasta or rice and a salad, and makes a beautiful and bright presentation.
Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers
This simple and tasty whole foods recipe for salmon burgers has the added advantage that it freezes well. You can make a batch, form into patties separated by parchment paper, freeze them, and use as needed. They are delicious grilled, broiled, or pan seared, and can be topped with a bit of barbeque or teriyaki sauce for added flavor.
Lobster Tails with Tomato, White Wine, and Tarragon
steamed lobster tails with Tomato, White Wine, and Tarragon whole foods recipes for lobster
Garlic Sautéed Shrimp
This recipe for garlic sautéed shrimp is a delicious, fast, and easy main course. Serve with steamed rice and a big salad for a simple supper, or add stewed spicy black beans for a traditional Latino feel. Please purchase eco-friendly shrimp from your local health food store or fishmonger.
Oysters Rockefeller Redux
This recipe for oysters Rockefeller revisits a classic that dates back over 100 years. Oysters are baked with a savory spinach and breadcrumb topping. Oysters and anise (in the Pernod) are 2 powerful aphrodisiac foods, and this dish, with its potent nutrients, is likely to get your energetic juices flowing.
Pan Seared Halibut with Red Wine Reduction Sauce
This recipe for pan-seared halibut with red wine reduction can be made with snapper or other white fish as well, but the meatiness of halibut really lends itself to searing. Choose thick (1 ½ ”) filets for this recipe.
Baked Fish with North African Spiced Breadcrumbs
This flavorful recipe for baked fish with spiced breadcrumbs is an adaptation of a dish I had many years ago at a Moroccan restaurant. Garlic, coriander, cumin and lemon create a crisp crust that is delicious with any substantial white fish: snapper, cod, sea bass, halibut and monkfish are all excellent choices.
Broiled Salmon with Mustard Sauce
White fish such as tilapia, snapper or halibut can be substituted for salmon in this tangy, French-inspired recipe for broiled salmon with mustard sauce. Dijon mustard mixes with fresh herbs to create a zesty topping for seafood, tofu, or poultry. Serve this dish with greens, sweet potatoes and roasted veggies for a lovely dinner.
Broiled Fish with Soy-Ginger Marinade
This macrobiotic recipe for broiled fish with soy-ginger marinade yields a delicate yet assertive entrée that lends itself to being paired with sweeter and gentler flavors on the side. Brown or black rice, sweet potatoes, and steam sautéed vegetables are all great accompaniments for this star of a dish.
Wild Salmon Provencal
This stunning whole foods recipe for wild salmon Provencal is equally good for entertaining or a family dinner. The southern French flavors of tomatoes, olives, anchovies and herbs create a fantastic backdrop for any firm fleshed fish or shellfish.
Recipe for Baked Fish with Cilantro Pesto
This recipe for baked fish and cilantro pesto is a simple, easy way to make a big impact. The pesto can be made ahead of time, and in ten minutes you’ll have a spectacularly flavorful entrée. Serve with soba or brown rice, asparagus or green beans, and a nice beet salad on greens for a fabulous and flavorful meal.
Ginger Sautéed Shrimp Recipe
This ginger sautéed shrimp recipe is fast, easy, and delicious. Scallops can be substituted for, or mixed with, the shrimp. Serve with black rice, sweet potatoes or beets and green vegetables for an extra colorful dinner.
This crab or lobster salad recipe is a simple warm weather salad that requires good quality fresh or pasteurized crab meat (never canned) to be successful. It makes a stellar sandwich, entrée salad, or stuffing for baby tomatoes or cucumber rounds.
How To Steam Fish in Parchment (en Papillote)
Step by step instructions on how to steam fish in parchment paper (en papillote). Cultures all over the world have steam cooked food in leaves for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. This modern version of an ancient cooking method intensifies flavors, and allows preparation with little or no fat. This easy, quick cooking method has an added plus: there are no baking pans to wash!
Sesame Ginger Fish Steamed in Parchment
Steaming foods in parchment or leaves intensifies a melding of flavors. Use sole, snapper, bass or flounder for this delicate, gingery fish recipe. Serve with the cooking juices spooned over the fish.
Fish in Parchment with Dill and Fennel
This steamed fish entrée melds the mild anise flavor of fennel with shallots, lemon and dill. Fennel sweetens as it cooks, losing its intensity, and is good for the lungs and for digestion.
Fish and Vegetable Soup with Lime, Ginger, and Cilantro
This fish soup, with the addition of lime juice and coconut milk, is a departure from strict traditional macrobiotics, and is a delight to eat. It is a strengthening and warming soup, great for dinner parties, and well worth the preparation involved. Once the ingredients are assembled, it takes a mere 20 minutes to prepare. Try serving it ladled...
Baked Halibut with Caramelized Fennel and Sweet Onion
Caramelizing is a process that brings out the sweetness in fennel and onion, and the result is a rich, sweet-sour condiment that pairs well with most fish, tofu, tempeh or on salads. If you don't like rosemary, try substituting dill.
Ginger Miso Glazed Salmon
This recipe is delicious, elegant, and can be made in 20 minutes. The miso glaze is a sweet, pungent sauce which pairs well with mild grains and cooked greens.
Blackened Fish Tacos
This whole foods recipe for blackened fish tacos is quick, easy, and delicious, and sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Warm tortillas are rolled around a filling of pan-seared mahi, salmon, or halibut, and served with all the accompaniments: red or green salsa, chopped cilantro, and guacamole. These are great fun for a party, and alternative fillings include rice and beans or chicken.
Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce
This easy recipe for spicy peach barbecue sauce uses the best of summer’s bounty to make a tangy-sweet-spicy blend that’s excellent on fish, seitan, tofu, tempeh, chicken or ribs.
Mediterranean Sardine Salad: Superfood From the Animal Kingdom
Sardines are exceptional little fish, and this recipe for sardine salad may soon take the place of salmon or tuna salad on your lunch plate. Sardines are one of the safest fish to eat, because they are unlikely to be contaminated with heavy metals. They are abundantly available, and an incredible source of nutrients.
Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Lime Marinade
This easy recipe for pan seared mahi mahi with lime marinade is perfect for a warm weather dinner, when you want something quick, easy and delicious (in other words, you don’t want to heat up your kitchen).
Tuna Salad with Sweet Herbs
We love a good tuna salad, and this recipe for tuna salad with sweet herbs includes bright grated carrot, celery, and green onions for extra flavor. It makes a stellar sandwich, entrée salad, or stuffing for baby tomatoes or cucumber rounds.
Tuna Salad with Cornichons, Red Onion, Celery and Sweet Herbs
Back in the late eighties, I developed this recipe for Tuna Salad with Cornichons, Red Onion, Celery and Sweet Herbs, and it has been going strong ever since. It was written up in the paper back then, but the bottom line is that it is tasty and timeless.
Pan \Seared Salmon with Cumin and Lime Marinade Recipe
This easy recipe for pan seared wild salmon with cumin and lime marinade is perfect for a warm weather dinner, when you want something quick, easy and delicious (in other words, you don’t want to heat up your kitchen).
Baked Wild Salmon with Roasted Sweet Onion and Fennel
This recipe for baked wild salmon with roasted sweet onion and fennel makes a wonderful dinner for a cool evening. The vegetables are caramelized by roasting in this recipe, and it is a process that brings out the natural sweetness in fennel and onion.
Blackened Wild Salmon Salad with Avocado and Greens
This recipe for blackened wild salmon salad is quick, easy, and delicious, and sure to be a hit at a dinner party or picnic. Assertively spiced and pan-seared salmon perches atop a bed of greens with avocado slices and is served with choice of accompaniments.
Broiled Salmon with Ginger, Lime and Thai Basil
This easy entrée recipe for broiled snapper with ginger, lime and Thai basil is equally great for every day or a dinner party, and can be ready in 15 minutes.