We have fish/seafood for dinner about 2-3 times per week. And for some reason, Monday’s have become salmon night. Almost like clockwork, when I know deliveries are fresh, I buy a nice piece of wild Alaskan salmon. Loaded with essential fatty acids that support Audrey’s developing brain it’s a favorite “super food” around here. Plus the whole preventing heart disease, inflammation, and certain types of cancer in adults is a real win-win for everyone.
Here I’ve paired it with some of summer’s finest produce, cherries. The combination of the cherries with the subtle flavor of the salmon creates a light and deliciously sweet taste that Audrey just loves (along with mom & dad). Pair with an arugula salad for yourself and sautéed green beans for the kiddos and you have a perfectly healthy, delicious, and easy weeknight dinner.
* I can’t stress enough the importance of using a cherry pitter for this recipe. Unless of course you like having pink fingers and extremely high frustration levels.
Recipe: Roasted Alaskan Salmon with Cherries
¾ pound (about 3 cups) cherries, pitted and halved
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 (4-6 oz.) wild Alaskan salmon fillets
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, toss together cherries, lemon juice, honey and thyme. Arrange salmon skin-side down on a large parchment or foil-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Scatter cherry mixture over and around salmon and bake 12-15 minutes. Switch oven to broil and cook an additional 3 minutes until salmon is just cooked through and cherries are juicy and caramelized, (you want the thickest part of the fish to reach an internal temperature of 131 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). Remove the salmon from the oven and allow to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
Note: When it comes to salmon not all are created equal. Alaska is home to the most abundant and healthy supply of wild Pacific salmon in North America. Never farmed, Wild Alaskan salmon offers unmatched flavor and texture. And as the only U.S. State whose Constitution mandates that all fisheries must be managed for sustainability, Alaska will have an abundance of wild salmon for years to come.