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Salmon 4 Ways

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Sweet Spicy Rub

Ingredients

Ingredients for 12 servings

Serving size ~ 2 teaspoons

  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked pepper
Steps

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Calories
20
Protein
0g
Fat
0g
Carbs
5g
Sodium
115mg
Fiber
1g
Sugar
4g
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Spring Green Salad

Ingredients

Spring Green Salad

Ingredients for 5 hearty servings

  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped (green parts only)
  • 1 large ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • Juice from 1 lime (or 2 limes according to your tastes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
Steps

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and toss them together!  Allow the salad to rest, covered in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

Spring Green Salad

Calories
180
Protein
5g
Fat
11g
Carbs
18g
Sodium
290mg
Fiber
7g
Sugar
6g
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Salmon Burger

Ingredients

Salmon Burgers

Ingredients for 3 salmon burgers

  • 15oz raw center-cut salmon, skinned
  • 1 tablespoon sweet spicy rub
  • spray avocado oil
Steps

Follow the steps for creating the salmon burgers here.  Once the salmon mince has been made, add about 1 ½ tablespoons of the rub to the burgers, then make 3 equally sized patties.  For best results, set the patties in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Set a carbon steel skillet on medium heat, once hot spray the skillet with avocado oil, then add the patties.  Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, long enough to sear the outside and cook the inside according to your desired level of doneness.

salmon burger

Enjoy with the spring green salad or on your favorite burger bun with all the toppings!

salmon burger

Calories
310
Protein
29g
Fat
19g
Carbs
5g
Sodium
200mg
Fiber
1g
Sugar
4g
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Crispy Skin Salmon

Ingredients

Crispy Skin Salmon

Ingredients for 2 crispy skin salmon filets

  • 12oz raw center-cut salmon, skinned
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sweet spicy rub
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
Steps

Use a paper towel to damp dry any moisture/water from the salmon.  Season the filet(s) with the sweet & spicy rub, and add an extra pinch of sea salt to the skin-side of the salmon and rub it in.

Set a carbon steel skillet on medium high heat.  Once almost hot, add avocado oil and allow the pan to heat the rest of the way.

Add the salmon skin-side down first.  Gently press on it using a (fish) spatula to prevent it from curling up.  Allow it to sear and cook for 3 – 4 minutes, or until you can see the salmon can easily lift off the pan, then flip to cook the other side form an additional 3 -4 minutes.  Note, cooking time may vary depending on your preference of doneness and the thickness of the salmon.

Crispy Skin Salmon

Crispy Skin Salmon

Enjoy with the spring green salad!

Crispy Skin Salmon

Calories
320
Protein
29g
Fat
19g
Carbs
5g
Sodium
260mg
Fiber
1g
Sugar
6g
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Air-Fried and Baked Salmon

Ingredients

Air-Fried and Baked Salmon

Ingredients for 2 air-fried and baked salmon filets

  • 12oz raw center-cut salmon, skinned
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sweet spicy rub
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
Steps

Set air-fryer or convection oven to 410F, or set a traditional oven to 420F.

Use a paper towel to damp dry any moisture/water from the salmon.  Season the filet(s) with the sweet & spicy rub.

Place the salmon on a baking tray lined with parchment or on a nonstick baking sheet.  If the salmon is fresh out the fridge, allow the salmon to “warm” to room temperature for about 20 minutes after seasoning.

Air-fry or bake for 8 – 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filets and your desired level of doneness.

Enjoy with the spring green salad!

Calories
320
Protein
29g
Fat
19g
Carbs
5g
Sodium
260mg
Fiber
1g
Sugar
6g
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Smoked Salmon

Ingredients

Smoked Salmon

Ingredients for 4 smoked salmon servings

  • Brine
    • Enough water to submerge a 1lb of salmon, about 8 cups (or however much you decide to smoke)
    • ½ cup coconut sugar
    • ¼ cup sea salt
    • 1 lb salmon
  • Rub
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • Fresh cracked pepper to according to your preference
Steps

Place the salmon in a deep dish.  Mix together the ingredients for the brine and pour over the salmon, ensuring it is fully submerged.  Cover and refrigerate overnight OR for at least 2 hours, but the longer the better.

Remove the salmon from the brine and lightly pat it dry using a paper towel.   Add the sea salt & cracked pepper on the top.

Fire up your grill to 200F – 250F.  Add your flavor of wood to smoke and allow the smoke to begin.

Place the salmon on a wooden plank – that has been soaked for at least 30 minutes.  Add a pan of water, apple juice or wine to the grill to create steam inside.

Place the salmon on the OPPOSITE side of the fire/coals, it should NOT be directly over the flames or heat source.

Smoke for at least 1 hour, or more/less depending on how much salmon you are cooking.

Smoked Salmon

Note: if there is white stuff, albumin, oozing out of the salmon, it may be overcooking so be sure you check the salmon every 10 – 15 minutes to ensure even smoking/cooking.

Enjoy with the spring green salad!

Smoked Salmon

Calories
260
Protein
23g
Fat
15g
Carbs
5g
Sodium
1210mg
Fiber
1g
Sugar
4g
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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.