Wild-caught Alaskan salmon can be cooked and flavored in many ways, but the result is still a winning dish that’s sure to please. This Almond Crusted Salmon with Steamed Broccoli and Sweet Potato Hash Brown recipe by Mercola.com reader Melody Bonal is a good example. Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering experience with this recipe.
Almond Crusted Salmon with Steamed Broccoli and Sweet Potato Hash Brown Recipe
Serving Size: 3 quarts
- 4 fresh or thawed Alaskan wild-caught salmon filets
- 1 cup almond meal or pulverized almonds from food processor
- 8 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil
- 2 medium sweet potatoes grated
- 1 large head of broccoli
- Black pepper
- 1 tsp. butter
- 1 tsp. Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of garlic powder
- Pinch of turmeric
- Heat coconut oil in 2 separate frying pans, 4 tbsp. per pan.
- Place grated sweet potatoes in one pan in patty form. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook over medium-high heat until brown around the edges, then flip and cook the other side.
- Dredge salmon in almond meal. Place in hot oil and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, and then remove from pan.
- Heat water to steam broccoli. Steam for approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with butter, coconut oil, and olive oil, and then add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and turmeric.
Why Almond Crusted Salmon with Steamed Broccoli and Sweet Potato Hash Brown Is Good for You
For big cuts of fish, wild Alaskan or sockeye salmon are preferred because they're not raised in captivity and fed artificial ingredients. It's also less likely that the fish is contaminated with mercury, so you're not eating something that's fishy (pun intended). Wild Alaskan salmon is bright red in color with lean flesh and less fat, unlike inferior salmon, which has a pale pink flesh and more fat.
Wild-caught fish has more animal-based omega-3 fats, which can have immense benefits on your mental and behavioral health, and even lessen your risk of premature death from various illnesses. In fact, studies have shown that having omega-3 deficiency may lead to a higher risk of death and decreased brain function.
Meanwhile, it's no secret that broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse thanks to its vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds. One of them, sulforaphane, helps kill cancer stem cells, improves blood pressure levels and kidney function, and repairs skin damage. Broccoli can also improve your heart and eye health, and aid in better digestion.
Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are healthier and more flavorful. Beta-carotene, responsible for the pigment in these orange potatoes, assists in fighting free radicals that destroy cells, enhances support for the immune system, lessens risk of heart disease and cancer, and improves your eye health. However, if you suffer from insulin or leptin resistance, make sure to eat sweet potatoes in moderation, as they contain fructose.