Blackened Salmon is always a hit. Vary the level of spice depending on who will be joining you for dinner. Serve over fresh spring greens with a simple dressing such as vinegar and oil.

Blackened Salmon Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ready In: 25 min

Servings: 3

Ingredients
2 med fillets Wild Salmon (approximately 12 oz total)
1 tbsp Garlic Powder (seasoning)
1 tbsp dried Parsley Flakes (seasoning)
1 tbsp dried Basil (seasoning)
2 tsp Thyme (seasoning)
1½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (seasoning)
1 tsp Sea Salt (seasoning)
¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper (seasoning)
1 tbsp Olive Oil (for cooking)

Directions
Mix seasonings together and spread onto a flat plate. Invert the salmon into the seasoning, then flip over, making sure to coat all areas.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Before the oil begins to smoke, place salmon flesh-side down in the pan. Turn the salmon after about 3 minutes. Continue cooking until flesh is still a little rare in the middle when tested with a small knife, about 2-3 more minutes.

Tips & Notes
Use this basic blackening season for fish, chicken or turkey.
With so much focus on the amazing omega-3 benefits of salmon, other unique health benefits from salmon may have been inadvertently overlooked.
One fascinating new area of health benefits involves the protein and amino acid content of salmon. Several recent studies have found that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules (called bioactive peptides) that may provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract.
One particular bioactive peptide called calcitonin has been of special interest in these studies. The reason is because a human form of calcitonin is made by the thyroid gland, and it is a key hormone for helping regulate and stabilize the balance of collagen and minerals in the bone and surrounding tissue.
As researchers learn more and more about salmon peptides — including calcitonin — we expect to see more and more potential health benefits discovered related to inflammation, including inflammation of the joints.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 201.2
Total Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 1.7g
Cholesterol: 43mg
Sodium: 884mg
Total Carbohydrates: 4.1g
Dietary Fiber: 1.5g
Protein: 27.1g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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