Posted on : February 19th, 2019
The health benefits of salmon are not the first thing I think of when I decide to pick some up for dinner. Wild caught, deeply colored, salmon is probably my favorite fish to eat. But in case you needed an excuse to make this delicious baked fish marinated with a sweet and salty orange, maple and soy sauce dressing, let me tell you how good it is for you!
Besides being a great source of protein, salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Those are essential fats that your body cannot create on its own. Omega 3 has several health benefits. In particular, it is great for your heart because it decreases inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and improves the function of the cells that line your arteries. It also has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and improve brain health. It is high in B vitamins, potassium, and selenium and a type of antioxidant (Astaxanthin) that both gives the fish its red color and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol. This is one healthy fish!
This recipe, created by Liz Pearson for the Almond Board, is super easy to make and if you have almonds, you probably have all the ingredients at home already. It doesn’t take long to make and will be the centerpiece of a wonderful dinner plated with your favorite rice or rice blend with salad or veggies.
4 skinless, salmon fillets
1/2 cup natural almonds, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup maple syrup (real thing, please!)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh, lemon juice
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Place the salmon fillets in the pan, leaving 1/2 inch between the pieces.
Chop the almonds by hand or use a hand-held or electric nut chopper. Sprinkle the chopped almonds evenly on top of the fillets.
In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce and crushed garlic. Spoon the marinade gently over the top of each fillet.
Bake the salmon for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the fish is just done. While the fish is baking, baste the tops with marinade at least once or twice.
Remove the fish from the pan and serve immediately with side dishes of your choice.
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