Sweet and Spicy Grilled Salmon

Salmon has a well-earned reputation as a health food because of its high omega 3 fatty acid content. A 4 ounce serving of wild caught salmon has 2 grams of omega 3 fats, which is more than the average adult (in the U.S.) gets in their diet in several days.

Marinated and glazed grilled salmon steaks and peppers
Marinated and glazed grilled salmon steaks

Omega 3 fats decrease your risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides in the blood. Frequent consumption of salmon also decreases inflammation, helps cell membranes function better, and protects the brain.

Scientists consider DHA to be the most important type of fat for the human brain, and the high concentration of this fat in wild caught salmon decreases the risk of depression, hostility, and age-related forgetfulness. There is also an association between IQ and omega 3 intake, making salmon truly a ‘brain superfood’.

This recipe is a great way to get more salmon in your diet. The sweetness of the maple syrup combines with the tanginess of the lime juice, and the spicy heat of the pepper flakes to make a delicious, mouth watering–but simple dish. There are lots of different types of salmon—there’s wild sockeye salmon with it’s deep pink flesh, king salmon–more mild tasting, but higher in good fats; keta salmon, chinook, and chum salmon to name just a few.

One or more pieces of fresh, wild caught salmon, any size–4 ounces to 1 lb or more.
1-2 Tbsp butter melted
¼ cup real maple syrup
Juice of 1 lime
Hot pepper flakes

Heat up grill and keep at medium heat. Brush fish with melted butter. Grill salmon skin side up for a few minutes, carefully flip over and cook a few more minutes until inside is still translucent but not raw.

Salmon can be eaten with the center still translucent and darker pink, or can be more well done and opaque all the way through. Just be careful not to cook too long or it gets very dry. If you are using sockeye salmon, this is a drier fish, so cook lightly. Remove fish from heat about 1minute before it looks done (it will cook a bit more after it is out). Don’t overcook.

While fish is cooking, mix maple syrup, lime juice, and hot pepper flakes. (Go easy on the pepper, it can add a lot of heat!) When fish is done cooking, pour mixture over hot salmon and enjoy with a baked sweet potato and organic baby greens salad.

Serves 2 or more.