Let’s talk about salmon!

Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Not only is this fatty fish jam-packed with nutrients, but it may also even reduce certain risk factors for several different diseases.

Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and unlike most other fats, omega-3 fats are considered essential, meaning you must get them from your diet since your body cannot create them.

Salmon is rich in high-quality protein, and just like omega-3 fats, protein is another essential nutrient that you must get from your diet. Protein plays a number of important roles in the body, including helping your body heal after injury, protecting bone health and maintaining muscle mass during weight loss and as you get older.

Speaking of getting older, salmon also contains a compound called astaxanthin (which is what gives salmon its red hue). Astaxanthin has a wide range of health benefits, from reducing inflammation in the body, to decreasing oxidative stress and even protecting against the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries. Astaxanthin may even help prevent skin damage and help keep you looking younger.

Salmon is also an excellent source of vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin and folic acid.

So I think it’s safe to consider salmon an absolute super food that just so happens to taste incredible, and if given the opportunity, a blast to catch, too!

Dungeness Crab and Tiger Prawn Stuffed Salmon

Ingredients:

1 large salmon fillet

1/2 teaspoon PS Seasoning king shallot black garlic seasoning or your favorite garlic seasoning

2 tablespoons of butter for searing tiger prawns and salmon

8 ounces of cream cheese

1 cup of fresh chopped spinach

1/2 dozen tiger prawns (I purchased these from Luna Sea Fish House)

1 heaping cup of picked Dungeness crab meat

3 garlic cloves

Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees

2. Place salmon on a flat surface and cut a slit about 3/4 quarter deep into the fillet, creating a pocket in the salmon for stuffing — so be sure not to cut all the way into the fillet.

3. Season both sides of the salmon and tiger prawns with salt and pepper.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese, spinach, garlic, PS Seasoning black garlic seasoning, salt, and pepper.

5. Heat butter in cast-iron skillet over a medium-high heat. Sear tiger prawns until about halfway cooked, set aside. Cook salmon skin side down for 5 minutes. Once the skin is seared, flip the fillet then fill salmon fillet pocket with spinach and cream cheese filling, Dungeness crab and tiger prawns.

6. Place the entire cast iron skillet in the oven for 10 minutes or until inner salmon flesh and filling is cooked thoroughly and cream cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

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