Friday, August 30, 2013

Coconut Amino Marinated Salmon from the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

While shopping this past week, I came across some wild caught Sockeye Salmon on special at $9.99/pound.  I remembered that The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook had a few salmon recipes.  I decided to give Mickey's Coconut Amino Marinated Salmon a try as it had ingredients that I usually have in my pantry. It's always nice when I don't have to make trips to the grocery store to prepare a recipe.  

My first step was to remove the pin bones from the salmon fillets.  Mickey doesn't mention having to do this, but as I was having company, I didn't want to have to perform the Heimlich maneuver no matter how strong I'm getting at Efficient Exercise.

Next, I mixed up the marinate ingredients that included ginger, coconut aminos, lemon and thyme in a plastic storage bag.  She says to do this in a bowl, but I took my chances and just used my whisk in the bag.  

I added the salmon to the bag, made sure the fish was well coated on all sides, put the bag into a bowl and put the bowl in the refrigerator.  

I turned the salmon every 20 minutes until it had marinated for an hour.  With about 20 minutes to go, I turned my oven on to pre-heat to 400 degrees.  At the hour mark, I put the fish into a corning ware baking dish and put it in the oven.  

After 20 minutes in the oven, this is what I had.  

I plated it with some Curried Cauliflower, also from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook (don't worry a review will be coming).

Accessibility & Cost of Ingredients:  Quality salmon can be pricey.  My salmon purchases tend to fall when I just happen upon a sale at the grocery store.  With the exception of the coconut aminos, you should be able to find everything you need for this recipe at your "big box" grocery store.  

Preparation & Cooking Time:  The salmon fillets I bought had many pin bones that needed to be removed.  It took me a good 20 minutes to get them out.  Perhaps I'm slow at that, but they were numerous and quite ornery to get out.  It then took me about 10 minutes to mix up the marinade and get the salmon in the refrigerator to marinate.  I baked the salmon for 20 minutes.  My total preparation (active and inactive) and cooking time was 1 hour 50 minutes.  Mickey gives a total time of 1.5 hours.  

Clean Up:  Clean up was super simple for this recipe.  I pre-scrubed my baking dish before putting it in the dish washer.  Its nice to just throw out the marination baggy.  

The Paleo Review:  Thumbs Up!  The night I made this I had a last minute dinner guest.  He cleaned his plate.  He said the salmon had a "perfect salmon flavor with a salty sweetness.  Flaked apart."  I can't think of a better choice of words to describe this salmon.

I made this with the Curried Cauliflower (a review will come coming).  As a meal for last minute company this was perfect.  It was easy to throw together and the two dishes preparation times worked well together.

Like salmon?  Give this a try.