Until recently, I was always shopping for the cheapest salmon that I could find. I recently discovered however, that not all salmon is created equal. I really don't mind frozen salmon but I definitely prefer wild caught salmon to their farm raised counterparts. Both types of salmon are very nutritionally similar but I can taste the difference between farm raised and the wild caught.
Just in case you're curious about the nutritional value of salmon - I thought I would give you some facts.
Salmon, Atlantic, raw
Amount Per 0.5 fillet (198 g)
Monounsaturated fat 7 g
Total Fat 27 g (41%) Cholesterol 109 mg (36%)
Saturated fat 6 g (30%) Sodium 117 mg (4%)
Polyunsaturated fat 8 g Potassium 719 mg (20%)
Total Carbohydrate 0 g(0%) Dietary fiber 0 g (0%)
Protein 40 g (80%) Vitamin A (1%)
Vitamin C (12%) Calcium (1%)
Iron (3%) Vitamin B-6 (65%)
Vitamin B-12 (106%) Magnesium(13%)
Wild caught salmon can be expensive so I take advantage when I find it on sale and stock up.
I have several ways that I like to prepare my salmon and usually the simpler the better. I make an herb smoked salmon recently and it was surprisingly simple and delicious.
Herb Smoked Salmon
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 clove garlic
3 Tablespoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 salmon filets
I served my Herb Smoked Salmon with Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad and a whole wheat roll.
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