At my house, salmon is in frequent rotation for dinner. Everyone in the family loves the rich flavor that is well suited to a variety of preparations. Plus, salmon is a great source of protein, vitamins B6 and B12, niacin, selenium and phosphorus, so it’s a great nutritional choice for my family too.
Right now is a great time to get on the salmon boat, because it’s Copper River salmon time! I’m sure you’ve heard of the famed Copper River, where the first salmon of the season run against strong, chilly waters to find their mate. This salmon’s flavor and the texture makes it a prime candidate for spring grilling.
Ways to Make the Most of Salmon
- Roasted. All salmon really needs is a few herbs and spices to make it stand out. Use a rub or marinade to enhance its natural flavor. Our recipe for Roasted Salmon Steaks with Snap Peas and Radishes makes the most of spring produce to create a one-pan meal.
- Sauteed. Cooking salmon in a skillet keeps dinner prep quick and easy. This Quick Curried Salmon with Mashed Peas uses curry powder and almondmilk to make an inspired twist on more classic curry dishes.
- Grilled. Firm salmon fillets are excellent on the grill and can be used with cedar planks or even to make kabobs. A spicy Asian-influenced marinade in this Firecracker Grilled Salmon adds tons of flavor without a lot of work.
- Leftover Love. Cooked salmon is excellent transformed into a variety of dishes. Swap in salmon in your favorite tuna salad recipe or add to salads, as in our Avocado Salmon Salad with Kale.
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Get Copper River salmon while you can!