I hope everyone had a great weekend! I used to despise Monday’s when I worked my corporate job before I had my babies, but now I look forward to starting a new week. It’s so refreshing to finally be doing something I’m truly passionate about. I love being a personal trainer and helping people change their lives and ultimately reach their goals. Learn more about my online personal training program here!
Today I wanted to share a couple of my favorite baked salmon recipes. Not only is it an excellent source of lean protein, but salmon is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids (good fats) that help to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL). Salmon can also strengthen your heart muscle, lower your blood pressure, improve your memory and protect your nervous system from the deteriorating effects of aging!
I list all of these health benefits because I’m actually not a huge fan of salmon, but I know it’s so important to include in my diet.
Here are two of my favorite baked salmon recipes that are easy to make and packed with flavor and help eating salmon a little easier.
Baked Teriyaki Salmon
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Tbs cornstarch
- 1/4 Cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/8 Cup brown sugar
- 1/4 Tsp garlic power
- 2 Tbs honey
- 2 Salmon filets
Whisk cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl and set aside.
In a small pan over medium heat, combine the low sodium soy sauce sauce, brown sugar, honey and 1 cup of water and bring to a simmer. Next, stir in the cornstarch/water mixture until thickened enough to coat your spoon (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and let marinade cool.
Place the salmon filets in a large Ziplock bag and pour in the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes minimum and turn the bag occasionally.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, spray your glass baking dish with nonstick spray (I use olive oil spray) and place the salmon and the marinade into your baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until done (when fish loses its opaque color and you can flake it with a fork).
I served my teriyaki salmon with steamed broccoli and brown rice. It really was as good as it looks and I’ll be sure to rotate this dish often into my baked salmon recipes.
Baked Salmon with Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers and Feta
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Bag baby spinach
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1/4 Cup minced shallots
- 2 Tsp minced garlic
- 2 Roasted red red peppers cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 Tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 1/4 Tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 Tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1/2 cup low fat feta cheese
- 4 Salmon filets (6 oz each), rinsed and patted dry
Heat oven to 400°. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add spinach, roasted red peppers, salt, pepper flakes and pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes in a medium sized bowl. Add the feta and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place about 1/2 cup of the spinach/feta mixture onto each salmon filet and place in a glass baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.