Remember my recipe for delicious, healthy and beautiful lentils with butternut squash and kale? Turns out I’m not the only person who thinks kale and butternut squash are a fantastic fall combination. The Pioneer Woman herself posted a recipe for butternut squash and kale today. My mom always said great minds think alike! That, however, is not the point of this post. The point of this post is to share with you the recipe for the salmon I served with that dish. Simple, refreshing, flavorful and healthy. This is one of my go to proteins – especially on nights when I just don’t really want to cook.
If you don’t mind the skin on your salmon, leave it on. If you can buy skinless filets, do that. My grocery store only sells fresh filets with the skin on, so I’ve got to skin mine. I also check for and pull any pinbones. I don’t want my babies, or my husband, choking. Then, I just toss the little liquid soaking thing from the tray and put my fish back in that tray to marinate. Zest a lime and an orange and then squeeze the juice from half of each over the salmon filets. Let marinate for no more than 30 minutes.
Season one side with Cajun seasoning (I like Tony Chachere’s) and place seasoned side down in a hot non-stick skillet. Sprinkle unseasoned side with some more Cajun seasoning. Cook for 3-5 minutes until nice and brown. Flip and cook until desired doneness. My husband freaks out if I cook this anything less than well done. Shame, really.
Serve with practically any side. My favorites are a big leafy green salad or some roasted asparagus or, of course, my lentils with butternut squash and kale.
4 salmon filets
1 teaspoon lime zest
1-2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
2-3 Tablespoons orange juice
1/2-1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Remove skin and pinbones from salmon filets. Mix together lime zest, lime juice, orange zest and orange juice. Pour over salmon filets.
While salmon marinates, heat oil in a large non-stick skillet.
When oil is hot, season one side of salmon with Cajun seasoning. Place seasoned side down in hot skillet and season other side. Cook 3-4 minutes until browned. Flip and cook to desired doneness.