Seared Alaska Salmon with Basil Butter

Seared Alaska Salmon with Basil Butter

 This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

One of our family resolutions this year is to eliminate the amount of meat products we consume. We’ve recently cut back on red meat, but we’re incorporating more of a nutritional, healthful protein into our lifestyle as of late, and I’m loving it. The nutrition that comes from fresh, sustainably sourced seafood is well documented, not to mention I feel great after every meal.

I’ve spent the better half of the first month of 2018 eliminating carbs and sugar. I have more energy, sleep better, and the inches I’ve lost off of my waistline isn’t a bad perk either. So the journey to a heart healthy protein was only natural. The way my food is sourced has become increasingly concerning for me over the years, its important that it is always wild, and responsibly sourced. Alaska seafood has a long history of always being wild and sustainable. Alaska is our nations largest source for domestic seafood, and it’s easy to find at your local grocer.

Alaska Salmon

I chose Alaska Salmon for this dish. Salmon can be tricky for some, they either love it or hate it. Well, I’ve found a way that anyone can enjoy a good salmon dish. Simple and fresh, this recipe is sure to please. I use four six-ounce pieces of wild Alaska Salmon (skinned) and sear it to perfection. Searing salmon creates a delicious char that can lure even the biggest salmon skeptic.

Alaska Salmon

Most often people shy away from salmon because of its texture. If it isn’t cooked to perfection, it can be a little too fishy. But the benefits in a protein that is naturally loaded with minerals, vitamins and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids just can’t be ignored. This is a fish you need in your diet. Period. Over the years I have developed quite a few ways to eat Alaska Salmon, but this recipe is by far my favorite.

Alaska Salmon

Simply sear the salmon for four minutes on one side, then another three on the other in a hot skillet with some EVOO. After they have a nice golden crust add butter, garlic, lemon juice and fresh-cut basil and you’ve got yourself a winning combination. We love it, and I’m one of those picky “funny about texture” skeptics. This is the best way to make perfectly flaky salmon that even the biggest critic can enjoy!

Seared Alaska Salmon with Basil Butter

Seared Alaska Salmon with Basil Butter

Ingredients

  • 4 six-ounce pieces of (skinned) Alaska Salmon
  • 1 Tbsp of EVOO
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 3 Sprigs of fresh basil
  • 1 head of garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Pat the salmon steaks dry, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Sear for four minutes undisturbed on one side and two minutes on the other. Add lemon juice, butter, garlic and let simmer for five minutes and sprinkle basil leaves.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
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