A Simple, Fast and Healthy Salmon Dish

How to make a delicious salmon dish with minimal ingredients in a short amount of time. One that’s also good as leftovers, whether cold or reheated. Yesterday I broiled salmon & asparagus. The process is even simpler than what you’ll see below, once you do it.  It’s basically a no-fuss recipe with minimal ingredients with a start-to-finish time of less than 30 minutes. There’s also ZERO cleanup time. (This is also Keto compliant for those interested.)

PRE-PREP

Before we even begin the work in the kitchen, we need the right stuff to work with. The one pre-req I have in mind is having great quality fish.  This is key. If your town has a good local fish market, I strongly recommend you go there.  For me, that’s the Atlanta Fish Market—my all-time favorite fish market.  As for my favorite FISH at my favorite fish market, it’s the wild Alaskan king salmon. It’s tasty and fatty.  And remember for Keto, the fattier the better.
Before we get started, here’s a sneak preview.
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PREP (so easy)

PREHEAT OVEN to 350F  while you prep.
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Use fresh asparagus and rinse. salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating rinsing asparagus

I also love this veggie wash from Whole Foods. This is great for removing any pesticides or chemicals from produce.

veggie wash on tomatoHere’s a lineup of all the ingredients that you need.

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

SPRINKLE Borsari.

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

DRIZZLE the olive oil.

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

When ready, put asparagus on top & salmon on the bottom. Bake for 10 min.

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

In the meantime, cut up the lemon, avocado and tomatoes. Personally, I like the Campari tomatoes.

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eating

When the 10 minutes is up, pull out the salmon. FLIP the fish & switch the oven from BAKE to BROIL.

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This time, place the fish back into the oven on the TOP rack. BROIL on high for approximately 6 min (in my old oven). Most important is to see the top of the fish brown.

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I typically like for my asparagus to be a little browner than these. So, I put them back in.

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MEANWHILE…

GRAZE on Cheese :). OPTIONAL, but recommended especially if you’re on the keto diet. While I’m not hung up on any one type of cheese, THIS particular cheese is awesome.  I only recently discovered it.  It’s called Fromager d’Affinois.  It’s a double-aged, double cream soft cheese made in the French Alps.  You can buy it at Whole Foods or order it on Amazon.

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BACK TO BUSINESS

STARTING TO LOOK GOOD! See that beautiful brown on the top. That means it’s time to pull these babies out & flip ‘em.

Process repeat.
FLIP THE FISH TO BROWN THE OTHER SIDE usually about – 5 min more to get a crispy layer on both sides while keeping the inside juicy.

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salmon asparagus avocado tomato dish healthy eatingWhen that’s done remove the salmon & place the asparagus on the top shelf of the broiler. Let the asparagus sit for a few minutes on high broil and allow the salmon to cool a little. Careful to not let the asparagus burn ;)

There you go!

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This plate I’ve been featuring is what I fed my brother.

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Here’s the plate I ate for myself. After grazing while cooking and shooting I wanted to save just one more nibble of cheese.

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RECAP OF RECIPE

Lightly charred oven-broiled Salmon

Ingredients for the oven:
– Salmon (at least 1 lb. of fatty, wild-caught)
– Asparagus (entire box or two large handfuls)
– Borsari citrus
– Virgin Olive Oil (~1 tablespoon per cut of fish, or to your liking)
Ingredients for garnishes:
– Cheese cheese of affinois 
– Compari Tomatoes
– Avocado
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place a sheet of aluminum foil over two baking dish (same as cookie sheets)
  2. Put salmon cuts on one; Lay the asparagus on the other.
  3. Apply about a tablespoon of olive oil to each cut of salmon & about 2 tablespoons to the asparagus.
  4. Sprinkle the borsari to your liking.  (I like to apply 3 or 4 good shakes)
  5. Rub the 2 ingredients into food, mixing around the asparagus.
  6. When you see that the oven is pre-heated (you’ll hear a loud beep 😉), you know it’s time to put in the food.
  7. Putting asparagus on top rack & the salmon on the bottom one, bake for 10 minutes.
  8. While this is baking, slice the lemons, avocados & tomatoes.
  9. At the ten minute mark, remove the salmon & flip it.  Also, put the asparagus on the bottom rack.
  10. Set oven to broil on high, and leave the oven door cracked.
  11. The bottom line here is to brown the top of the salmon.  (In my OLD oven, that’s 6 minutes.  It may be different for yours.)
  12. When you see it brown, take it out to flip to the other side until it’s also brown.
  13. When that’s done, remove the salmon from the oven.
  14. Place the asparagus back on the top row for 2 minutes as the salmon cools.
  15. Remove the asparagus.
  16. Grab your favorite piece a salmon, a good handful of asparagus & your choice of accompaniments.
  17. Enjoy!

SIDE NOTE: PLATES

I’ve been using these target plates for years. The dogs eat off them too ;). I also love the Villery & Bock New Wave collection for whimsy.
* If you’re interested in my experience with the Keto diet as compared to the Paleo diet, check out this post HERE.

THE END…AND HOPEFULLY A NEW BEGINNING

I hope this Simple, Fresh Fast cooking has helped simplify your mealtime. Is there anything in particular in this post you’d like to know more about?  Want to know more about the cheese?  More about my Keto experience?  How the two go together to put big smiles on my face? 😃  If so, please tell me in the comments below.
Thanks for checking out our first food post! I’d would also love to hear how you simplify your meal prep.

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