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7 Creative Ways to Include Salmon in Your Diet

7 Creative Ways to Include Salmon in Your Diet

Story by ANGI LASSEN

You have likely had salmon patties or cakes at one point or another while growing up. Other than basic baked salmon, these are the two most common ways to prepare this nutritious fish.

While there is nothing wrong with either and both can be updated to taste fresh and new, you may be looking for new ways to serve up salmon to your family. Today, there are a plethora of interesting ways that salmon can be prepared and added to your diet.

As good as it is for your body, salmon should be something that everyone enjoys eating. One of these creative ways to include salmon in your diet should help to make that easy to achieve.

Why Your Diet Needs Salmon

Salmon is considered a superfood for a reason. It is packed full of great things that your body craves and needs to thrive.

Rich in What You Need

A great source of protein, salmon is easy to incorporate into nearly any diet. It is naturally low carb and gluten-free as well as being keto- and paleo-friendly.

Moreover, salmon is known to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids essential for brain and heart health. B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, and a few helpful minerals are also abundant in salmon.

Astaxanthin is also found in salmon. It is a carotenoid related to vitamin A and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Lean in What You Don’t

Salmon is also one of the leanest sources of protein. In fact, 1 ounce of salmon has roughly 6 grams of protein with less than one and a half grams of total fat.

The limited fat content and rich protein levels make salmon low in calories. As a matter of fact, that same one-ounce serving mentioned above has less than a hundred calories total.

Due to these features, salmon can often help some lose weight. Like other foods high in protein, salmon helps to regulate appetite by keeping you feeling full longer.

Getting Creative with Salmon

While there is nothing wrong with the traditional methods of preparing salmon, they are by no means the only option for salmon recipes. Salmon is a versatile fish that pairs well with a wide variety of vegetables, spices, and other ingredients.

Finding new and unique ways to prepare this rich source of omega-3s will make it easier to incorporate into your regular menu.

Add Some Spice

Salmon has a delicate flavor and pairs nicely with many spicier ingredients. Recipes calling for pineapple or strawberry avocado salsa adds a bit of spice to salmon dishes.

You can also create a Moroccan-inspired rub for baking your salmon with cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder. However you choose to do it, adding a little – or a lot of – spice to dishes made with salmon will bring a whole new aspect to the meal.

Throw It in the Air Fryer

Air fryers are all the rage right now and they’re great for making fresh salmon too.

In an air fryer, salmon cooks in only 10 minutes. The circulating air allows the meat to cook evenly and it comes out tender with a delicate top crust. Add whatever seasonings, toppings, or coatings to the salmon before air frying for a unique treat.

Pickle it Like Herring

A Russian favorite, known as “Selyodka,” pickled fish may sound strange but it’s a healthy treat with a unique flavor. While the traditional version of this calls for Herring as the fish in question, there’s no reason salmon can’t be used instead. In fact, salmon pairs well with dill.

Pickled salmon can be eaten as a snack with crackers or added to other recipes. It all depends on how creative you feel.

Grill It Up

Salmon filets and steaks are perfect for grilling. As a firmer fish, salmon won’t flake and fall apart as most fish will when grilled. You can add seasonings or barbecue sauce for a new flavor.

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Putting the salmon in a grilling bag or aluminum foil pouch allows for the inclusion of veggies and spices on the grill. Salmon grills up fast and is ready in just 10 to 15 minutes.

Everything Is Better as a Kebob

While you have your grill out, why not make some salmon kabobs. Everything is more fun to eat when you put it on a skewer.

The options are endless for what you can use to fill in the gaps between chunks of salmon. Some common choices are pineapple, garlic cloves, onions, zucchini, and cucumbers.

Photo by ABIRAMI GUNASEKARAN

On a Roll

No, we don’t expect you to put salmon on a biscuit, although salmon paste or spread, is another great way to add this tasty protein to your diet. What we are talking about is rolling the salmon up with other ingredients to make a flavorful appetizer or snack.

There are several recipes out there for salmon roll-ups. They call for ingredients ranging from cream cheese to cinnamon, from cucumber to tortillas, with a little of everything in between.

The Chews Letter holiday issue offers one such salmon recipe that features cucumber and cream cheese along with other ingredients to highly the smoked salmon within. Regardless of what you use to compose your salmon roll-ups, they make a great addition to any meal or an outstanding quick snack all by themselves.

Poaching Is Legal Here

Poaching fish in the wild is a crime but doing it in your kitchen is perfectly OK. Poaching involves using a skillet to cook the salmon in a gently simmering liquid – water, wine, broth, etc. – on the stovetop.

Poached salmon can be served cold or warm. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and can be combined with several different sauces and side dishes.

Final Thoughts

However you choose to work salmon into your diet, the important thing is that you do work it in. Salmon is a great food that has a plethora of health benefits and a few drawbacks. Finding new and interesting ways to prepare it is a great way to keep your menu fresh and fun.

Angi Lassen
Freelance Writer | + posts

Angi is a freelance writer specializing in health/dietary topics. The mother of four children with unique dietary needs, she intimately understands mealtime challenges.

Find her stories in our magazine and on the blog!

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