This may be my all-time favorite recipe. No lies. I absolutely love salmon, and let’s be honest, grilling it with some lemon and spices can get pretty old quickly. Enter these super delicious, super easy, super moist, salmon kebab skewers. I love this recipe because its easy enough to throw together during the week, but it also looks super fancy and as if you spent hours in the kitchen. Looking to impress some guests, definitely try this recipe.
Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Meaning? As humans, there are two types of poly-unsaturated fats that we cannot make: Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (aka alpha-linolenic and linoleic acids) are essential fatty acids, because our bodies cannot make them. These types of fats are needed in the diet, however the traditional American diet is heavy on the Omega-6 fats, and less so Omega-3. This is why people are often promoting Omega-3 fats because we often don’t get enough.
DHA and EPA are two types of fats that are made from Omega-3 fatty acids, and these are especially important because they help reduce inflammation, are critical in brain health (and brain development of your baby when you’re pregnant). Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and I always recommend my clients to have 2-3 servings of fish per week. If you’re pregnant, better to stick to smaller fish to decrease the risk of mercury entering your bloodstream.
I recently picked up a copy of Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, by Max Lugavere. In the book he talks about the benefits of eating wild salmon on brain health (in addition to reducing risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause mortality) specifically. Aside from EPA and DHA omega-3 fats (see above), wild salmon also has high amounts of astaxanthin. This carotenoid, he says, can boost cognitive function, protect the eyes and skin, and provide antioxidant effects and free radical scavenging.
Additionally, astaxanthin can “switch on” the gene for protecting DNA damage and the stresses of aging. It’s no wonder that fish is often promoted as a healthy source of protein, and salmon in particular has so many wonderful health benefits. If you’re interested in other genius foods, definitely check out this book!
Easy Weeknight Dinner
The other reason I love this dish, aside from the protein, omega-3 fats, and antioxidant power, is that it’s super easy to throw together on a weeknight. For instance, when I come home from a long day, the last thing I want to do is cook for an hour and a half, then wash dishes, and then the night is over (you may feel the same way?!). Instead, try eating these skewers straight from the skewer and not even use a plate: win-win!
Lastly, you can let these salmon kebabs marinate overnight, or even just throw it all together right when you get home – either way, this dish is delicious, healthy, and super moist and flavorful. In short, if you’re looking for a delicious, simple and healthy weeknight dinner – these salmon kebabs will be your new favorite recipe. Enjoy!
- 1 lb salmon
- 1 tablespoon Primal Kitchen Mayo
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Aminos or Tamari
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Remove the skin from the salmon using a sharp knife (or ask the fish counter to do it for you!)
- Cut the salmon into 1 inch cubes
- Mix together the mayo and coconut aminos in a medium size bowl
- Add the salmon cubes and mix until well coated
- Skewer the salmon on wooden sticks
- Place salmon skewers on a parchment-lined baking sheet
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes
- Let cool for 2 minutes, and enjoy!
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