Chinook, pink, coho, and sockeye. No food better captures the essence of our region than salmon. Salmon has been a staple protein of the Pacific Northwest’s native peoples since time immemorial, and it continues to be a local favorite.
Salmon as superfood
Salmon is not only easy to incorporate into meals, it’s also a highly nutritious superfood. For instance, salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential component of normal metabolism, and researchers have suggested dietary omega-3 may have links to a range of health benefits. Salmon is also an excellent source of vitamins, including B12, B3, B6, and D. Finally, salmon is rich in micronutrients, including selenium and phosphorus.
Baked salmon recipe
This delicious salmon recipe comes from Grace Cinciripini, MD, a pediatric ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who has worked with Kaiser Permanente Washington for 18 years. This dish serves four, and requires a little over an hour to prepare and cook.
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- Servings: 4
- 2 pounds of salmon
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons of rosemary
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 3 lemons
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place salmon on top
- In a bowl, add olive oil with basil, rosemary, parsley, garlic, salt, lemon zest, and pepper
- Squeeze two lemons into the herb mixture and whisk
- Spread the lemon herb mixture on top of the salmon
- Place lemon slices on top of salmon
- Roast at 400°for 20-25 minutes (or until fish flakes easily with a fork)
- Garnish with parsley.
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