With Father’s Day approaching and fresh wild salmon running and available, I thought I’d grill some. I love fresh wild salmon. Frozen fish is just too dry for me. So I get really happy when fresh wild salmon becomes available. Wild salmon is so loaded with nutrients it is something I can eat several times a week.
Salmon is brimming with omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). These are essential fatty acids which means that they must be eaten – our bodies do not make them. As you probably know, EPA and DHA have healthy anti-inflammatory properties and are very important for healthy cell membranes. Salmon has a unique protein and amino acid composition that makes it very easy to digest. This fish contains short protein molecules called peptides that have anti-inflammatory properties. Salmon also provides significant amounts of the antioxidant amino acid taurine.
Other nutrients obtained from wild salmon are vitamin D and astaxanthin. Vitamin D has bone building, anti-cancer and immune protective benefits. Astaxanthin is the powerfully anti-inflammatory, carotenoid-class antioxidant that gives wild salmon its vibrant red-orange color. Salmon is also a very good source of niacin, phosphorus, magnesium and B6.
In one 4 ounce serving of WILD salmon, you can get as much as 2 grams of EPA/DHA. If you eat that twice a week you would not need to take any supplements for these important fatty acids. This omega 3 fat is protective to the heart and brain and protective against other diseases of inflammation such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. However it is wild salmon, not farmed salmon that provides these vital nutrients.
My favorite way to prepare it is to grill it. It’s very easy, you just have to be careful not to overcook it!
For further information about the differences between farmed and wild salmon see my previous recipe for delicious salmon patties.
Using the avocado oil for cooking is not necessary with fresh wild salmon, however, when you are cooking frozen wild salmon it helps to keep it moist. Avocado oil is a good oil to use in high heat situations.
The roasted walnut oil may be used on fresh or frozen fish after it is cooked to add a little flavor.
Walnut oil should NEVER be used for cooking as it is a very delicate omega 3 oil. Add it only after the fish has cooled. The combination of salmon with roasted walnut oil is delicious!