One of the most delicious fish recipes I ever created is this sugar and spice salmon! Whether you bake, grill or fry these little salmon cubes, you’re going to love this dish. The dressing really brings out the flavor in this Asian inspired recipe.
I’m always looking for ways to get more salmon into our diet and you should too! Here’s why I mention it; the benefits of salmon include:
- Heart health due to polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Brain boosting benefits and better mental health
- Thyroid benefits due to the levels of selenium in salmon
Wild-caught salmon is preferred over farm-raised fish for several reasons:
- Farm-Raised Salmon has more contaminants
- Wild Caught Salmon has fewer calories and less saturated fat (source)
- In moderation, wild-caught salmon is less risky than farmed in a benefits-risk analysis. (source)
- Salmon are carnivores, so they need to be fed fishmeal and fish oil to grow. That fishmeal and fish oil comes from wild-caught anchovies, sardines, and other small species. So, farming salmon results in more fish being taken out of the ocean, not less. (source)
- Over-use of antibiotics in the fish-for-food industry encourages bacterial resistance and disease and could be detrimental to the health of the fish, but also that of animals and humans. (source)
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Sugar and Spice Salmon
Yield 4 servings
- 16-20 ounces Wild-caught sockeye salmon (tail part if you can find it, with skin on!) sliced into cubes
- 1/4 cup flour of choice (coconut/almond combo for low carb, or just regular flour if not low carb)
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp non-alcoholic Mirin
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (for low-carb use sugar-free maple syurp in the marinade)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
- 1 small Red Onion, sliced
- Green onions, sliced thinly on the bias for garnish
- Red Pepper flakes, optional
- Mix sauce and add bell peppers, sliced onions, set aside.
- Dust salmon with flour (and coconut sugar if using)
- Pan fry to get nice and crispy (or bake in the oven if you prefer not to fry food)
- When color turns to golden brown and salmon is cooked through, remove and drain on a mesh screen or paper towel lined plate)
- Add salmon to veggie mixture and gently toss to coat.
- Garnish with green onions and red pepper flakes.
Unless you are following a low-carb diet, add a tablespoon of coconut sugar to the "breading" flour - it gives the salmon a sweeter flavor and browns better!
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11 g
Total Carbohydrates 11 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 31 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
To make this recipe low-carb use sugar-free maple syrup in the dressing/sauce and a mixture of coconut and almond flour instead of wheat flour. If you follow the Ketogenic Diet use the low-carb options. For Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle this recipe qualifies as an S (satisfying) meal.