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3 Super Creative Ways To Make Salmon

Most cooks sear salmon in a sizzling skillet — chef Tom Douglas shows how to get a crispy skin in this video — or char it on a hot grill. Here are a few cool alternatives to cooking this good-for-you fish.

1) Hot Smoked

Northwest Indian tribes have long cooked salmon on stakes in a pit near coals from native woods like alder. This works on the same principle as low-and-slow barbecue, though the cooking times are far shorter than something like ribs or brisket. The result is a fish fillet that's unbelievably succulent and a subtle smoky flavor that complements the rich wild fish. At the recent Auction of Washington Wines picnic , the awesome culinary team from Tulalip Resort Casino wowed the crowd with this dramatic preparation, which uses stakes carved by tribe members and blessed by the chief. If you don't have a fire pit, try Alder Plank Smoked Salmon .

2) Kombu-wrapped Gravlax

Kombu is sheets of dried kelp, which Seattle-based Revel chef Seif Chirchi uses to wrap salted and seasoned pieces of salmon for an Asian take on the traditional Scandinavian gravlax . During the quick-curing process -- typically done overnight -- the salmon becomes silky, almost buttery and absorbs the herbs and spices. It's cut into bite-sized pieces and served on mixed greens with slivers of the kombu tossed in.

I regularly preserve leftover salmon bits by tossing them in a Mason jar and dousing them with vinegar and oil. At the renowned Saltry Restaurant in Halibut Cove, Alaska, the beautiful salmon is pickled from its pristine raw state, much like a ceviche, and served as a crowd-pleasing first course. Chunks of pickled salmon are also used as a garnish in the signature martini. In other words, it's pickled twice. What a brilliant idea!

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Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

Canned salmon doesn’t have to just mean sandwiches. This high-quality protein is loaded up with healthy omega-3 fatty acids and it makes for an incredible pantry staple that is ready whenever you need it. Here are just a few of my favorite Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon.

Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

To some canned fish, as the leading star of the meal may be an act of desperation or last-minuteness, and while the latter may be true quite often for me – I think regardless, canned salmon and other canned fish, are really easy, grab-and-go, delicious, super nutrient-rich proteins that are perfect pantry staples for any health-minded kitchen. A great thing on hand for those busy times when you just aren’t sure what to make.

Besides your standard sandwich, canned salmon and tuna can be used interchangeably in a variety of different recipes. Canned salmon and tuna both make for wonderful and easy healthy fat-loaded proteins to complete any meal. Add to just about any plate, over top a big green salad, in a wrap, serve over top rice or cauliflower rice, pasta, zucchini noodles, over potatoes or squash. For me, I find that canned salmon is a quality, staple pantry protein, for those busy weeknights when I forget to thaw something out or don’t have the time to fuss with much but I still want a well-rounded nutrient-dense meal. Canned salmon is fantastic source of protein, and it’s also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals.

I find that with quality, properly sourced canned fish, less is more. When it comes to Alaska Gold’s Line-Caught Ivory King Canned Salmon , simply toss in some green or red onions and celery, maybe a little mayo and enjoy on a cracker for an easy snack. It truly doesn’t need much more, the flavor is just perfect.

Is Ivory King Salmon Different?

Alaska Gold’s Line-Caught Ivory King Canned Salmon is in a league of it’s own when it comes to canned fish. First off, ivory kind salmon are extremely rare, the rarest of the 5 Pacific wild salmon species. And only a very small percentage of king salmon (roughly approximately 4 %) have a unique genetic anomaly, a missing enzyme, that make them unable to metabolize the pigments in krill, which give other salmon their orange-ish pink-ish salmon color. Because of this inability to digest krill, ivory king salmon prey on more oily fish, like herring and needle-fish, giving them an extra dose of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies really need .

Healthy Fats

While we’ve all likely heard about the health benefits of a nutrient-dense whole foods diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the majority of the benefits are the long-chain omega-3 fats eicosapentanaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These omega-3 fats are found exclusively in seafood and marine algae. I generally recommend to get enough DHA and EPA in our diet, this can easily be obtained by eating a 4 oz. serving of salmon twice a week.

Fishermen’s Choice 

Because of their pale hue, ivory king salmon tend to be shunned by many fish buyers. In the old days, when fishermen hand-trolled on 18-foot vessels rigged with oar and sail and their fishing lines were made of cotton and they slept under tarps on the bows of their boats, buyers didn’t buy ivory king salmon. So, Fishermen would keep them for themselves. This is why Alaska Gold calls their ivory king portions “The Fishermen’s Choice.”

Just Wild Caught Isn’t Enough

As always with Alaska Gold, the wild-caught salmon are line-caught. Hook and line is one of the most sustainable ways to catch fish. A line-caught fish is a superior product and is the most premium quality fish on the market. No fish is handled with more care from the time it leaves the water until it is delivered to a customer than a line-caught fish. To read more about why I choose Alaska Gold Seafood, and to learn more about their catch methods, their commitment to sustainability and the health benefits of line-caught fish –check out this post The Benefits of Wild Caught Fish and How to Source it Sustainably

Today I am sharing just a few of my favorite ways to enjoy Alaska Gold’s Line-Caught Ivory King Canned Salmon , but these recipes would work for canned tuna and many other types of canned fish, too.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy Canned Salmon and Canned Tuna:

Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

Salmon Patties / Cakes

Check out my recipe for these Paleo Salmon Cakes here . Be sure to make the simple Old Bay Aioli on the side, it’s the perfect compliment. This recipe works great with Alaska Gold’s Line-Caught Ivory King canned salmon or line-caught canned albacore tuna (crab, too).

Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

The Perfect Filling to Any Omelette

Start with three eggs, beat and add a little salt and pepper.  Heat a cast iron pan, over a medium-high heat, add a generous amount of butter, ghee or olive oil. Pour in the beaten eggs. Don’t stir! Let the eggs cook for up to a minute or until the bottom starts to set. With a heat-resistant rubber spatula, gently push one edge of the egg into the center of the pan, while tilting the pan to allow the still liquid egg to flow in underneath. Repeat with the other edges, until there’s no liquid left. Your eggs should now resemble a bright yellow pancake, which should easily slide around on the seasoned / nonstick surface. If it sticks at all, loosen it with your spatula. Now gently flip the egg pancake over, using your spatula to ease it over if necessary. Add the canned salmon and maybe some crumbled goat cheese, a little fresh dill or chives in a straight line down the middle. You can also add caramelized onions, shallots or leeks, some wilted spinach or fresh arugula. Carefully slide the omelette out of the pan, folding it in half as you plate it. Top with your favorite herbs.

Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

The Perfect Proteins for Your Favorite Salads 

Go with your favorite greens and top with your favorite homemade salad dressing . Or swap the tuna for canned salmon in this epic recipe for  Tuna and Arugula Salad with Avocado, BLack Olives and Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette . You canned salmon or tuna would be great on any salad, and for an easy on-the-go lunch or picnic option, build your salad in a wide-mouth mason jar, (as seen in the video above) adding the canned fish to the bottom of the jar with your dressing. When you are ready to serve, give it all a shake, open and pour and voila.

Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

Potato and Veggie Hash

Canned salmon makes an amazing addition to any hash. A great way to turn a hash into a full meal. Serve for breakfast topped with a few eggs or as a side for dinner. I find the salmon pairs nicely with white or sweet potatoes, leeks or onions and spinach or arugula or shredded brussels. Use this hash recipe as a base and add the salmon right at the end, cook long enough to just heat the salmon through.

Creative Ways to Use Canned Salmon

Salmon Stuffed Avocado Boats

Mix 1 can of Alaska Gold Line-Caught Ivory King Salmo n (or Gourmet Canned Line-Caught Albacore Tuna ) with a couple tablespoons of avocado oil mayonnaise , chopped celery, red or green onion, salt and pepper. Scoop into a large pitted, ripe avocado (or two small) that has been halved. Top with fresh herbs and enjoy!

Other Recipe Ideas:

Add to your favorite frittata or egg scramble, mini egg cups or sheet pan baked eggs

Add to risotto (swap out the chicken in this Spring Cauliflower Rice Bake and instead add salmon tuna)

Add to pasta dishes or pasta salad

Topping on a creative white pizza or flatbread

Add to fried rice

Make salmon burgers or meatballs

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All such excellent ideas! I love having canned seafood (Whether salmon, sardines, or tuna) on hand for quick and easy meals like this.

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