Wild Salmon with Basil Aioli and Quinoa

by Marla on July 7, 2011 · 226 comments

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Seriously. This has got to be one of my favorite meals ever. I was recently sent a gorgeous shipment of Copper River Salmon from Anderson Seafoods. Have I ever told you that salmon is my all time favorite food? My love for it is split with layer cake. Those are odd foods to be thought of paired together. Thankfully, I do not eat them on one plate. Just sayin’ that I love them both.

*bonus* This meal is also gluten free. Speaking of which my GF Blueberry Lemon Muffins were just featured over at the Huffington Post with the Panera Dream Day team. Cool eh?

Grilled salmon with fresh basil aioli sauce on Family Fresh Cooking

Along with my gratitude for this shipment I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite ways to prepare salmon. I got the idea for grilled salmon smothered in a basil aioli sauce from my go-to restaurant in Laguna Beach called Nirvana Grille.

Along with gorgeous salmon. I simply must share these beauties growing in our front yard…

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This is among one of the best meals I have ever had. I had to take matters into my own hands so I can enjoy it it home when I can’t visit them.

They serve it with black beluga lentils (which are amazing) and I decided to switch those up for black quinoa. Just for kicks.

Mayonnaise and basil sauce for salmon on blue plate

Anderson Seafoods also sent me wonderful Alaskan Halibut and shrimp…..but here I am keeping the focus on salmon. My basil aioli would taste awesome on those too.

Salmon with a rich & creamy sauce that is super healthy and light, tastes rich and full bodied is a total win. As a matter of fact this aioli would be great as a dip or a spread on your favorite sandwich. I would also like it with grilled kebabs. Remember my kebabs in hot dog buns? This sauce would be super on those too.

Grilled salmon with fresh basil aioli sauce on Family Fresh Cooking

I had recently asked your opinions about your favorite fresh herbs and spices. In this aioli sauce a fresh batch of basil is essential.

Herbs, spices and seasonings on Family Fresh Cooking blog

I don’t know if it’s because I am typing out this post over looking the mountains in Utah (currently attending evo’11 conference) or is is just that I love my job so much? Big *smiles*

Grilled salmon with fresh basil aioli sauce on Family Fresh Cooking

What is your favorite way to prepare salmon?

Wild Salmon with Basil Aioli and Quinoa

Makes 4 servings
NOTES:

  • I recommend a very high quality salmon & try not to over cook it for the best flavor.
  • I like to cook my salmon with the skin on. If you are doing this start with the flesh side down and then 1/2 through grilling time flip. The skin will have a nice crispy char if cooked last.
  • My quinoa used about double the water than the packaging recommended. Try what they recommend and continue to add more liquid as needed.

INGREDIENTS

Salmon and Quinoa

  • 1 cup Black Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 16 ounces Wild Salmon, trim to 4 ounce portions (assume about 4 ounces per person)
  • Olive Oil
  • a few pinches Smoked Paprika
  • a few pinches Garlic Salt
  • a few pinches cracked Black Pepper
  • Cooking Spray for the grill
Basil Aioli Sauce
  • 3 ounces light Mayonnaise or Homemade Mayo
  • 10 grams or 1/4 cup packed fresh Basil leaves
  • 4 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • a few pinches Smoked Paprika
  • a few pinches Garlic Salt
  • a few pinches cracked Black Pepper

OPTIONAL GARNISH

  • a few sprigs fresh basil leaves

METHOD

Quinoa: Cook according to package directions. Toss with some olive oil or basil infused olive oil and set aside.

Grilled Salmon: Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Coat both sides of the salmon with some olive oil and season with smoked paprika, garlic salt and black pepper. With the grill off spray or brush clean grates with cooking spray or olive oil. Pre heat grill to medium high heat. Grill fish flesh side down for about 4 minutes. Carefully flip with a fish spatula or with tongs. Cook fish for another 3-4 minutes reducing heat to medium if needed. Fish should be flakey with a slightly darker center. Transfer to a plate.

Basil Aioli: Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Season to taste.

Assembly: Plate some quinoa topped with salmon and basil aioli sauce. Add a sprig of fresh basil for garnish.

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Great news: Anderson Seafoods has generously offered to giveaway one friend of Family Fresh Cooking a $150 gift card that can be redeemed at any time at their online store. Yes, you can make your very own Wild Salmon with Basil Aioli, kebabs, curries, etc with the seafood you choose. Awesome huh!

Here is something else you should know. Anderson Seafoods promotes sustainable fishing in a BIG way. “Our goal is to do business with commercial fisheries that employ sustainable practices and ensure that harvesting practices fit within long-term resource conservation targets and sustainability goals.” What that means for us as consumers, is the best fish, with the most exemplary practices can be delivered whenever we need it to our door steps. They have even partnered with UPS in an eco friendly shipping program.

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1 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

I absolutely love grilling salmon and topping it with tzatziki sauce. Yum! http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2011/04/chobani-cucumber-mint-tzatziki-sauce

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2 Marla July 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

Caroline, I LOVE tzatziki sauce. So much flavor and awesome on salmon.

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3 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 7, 2011 at 6:54 am

I tweeted! Yay!

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4 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

I also follow family fresh cooking on twitter. :-)

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5 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

I also stumbled this page. :-) Thank you for the giveaway!

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6 Rosa July 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

A beautiful meal! I really like that aioli.

Cheers,

Rosa

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7 Teawench July 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

I love most seafood but I’m in the camp of never make it. I’m always afraid of under cooking. But on the grill is probably my favorite way to have it. Grilling works for most anything.

Your recipe looks awesome. I love quinoa but didn’t know there was a black! I’ll have to look into that. Might make for a cool contrast to some recipes.

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8 Marla July 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

When I stumbled upon that black quinoa I grabbed it from the shelf so quickly. I knew it would be a beautiful contrast to the color of the salmon and the aioli sauce. The flavor of it is great too. There is also red and rainbow hued quinoa if you want to mix things up. I hope you have the opportunity to try this salmon. You will want to grill it up weekly I’m sure :)

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9 Teawench July 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

I follow you on Twitter

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10 Teawench July 7, 2011 at 7:13 am

I get your emails

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11 Teawench July 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

Following @AndersonSeafood on Twitter

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12 Teawench July 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

Signed up for the Anderson newsletter but used a different email addy so let me know if you need to know what that is.

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13 Melissa B. July 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

Wow, my favorite foods are close to the same as yours- salmon and homemade chocolate chip cookies (again, not together :)) I usually make salmon once per week in my household, and like to change it up every time. I prefer it simple- brushed with a bit of olive oil, seasoned with some sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and then broiled until a bit brown and crispy on the outside (but still flaky and moist on the inside). Lately, I like to just put some smoked paprika and some chili powder on it after it is cooked. I am definitely on a spicy food kick!

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14 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

I’m loving salmon these days!! Looks delicious Marla :)

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15 Kathy - Panini Happy July 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

Your salmon sounds fabulous! I need to find black quinoa, it looks so pretty on the plate. Aside from salmon, I guess my favorite seafood to prepare is shrimp. I’ve been making a pretty good shrimp fried rice dish for a few months now. :-)

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16 Miranda July 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

I love making grilled shrimp quesdillas.

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17 Apron Appeal July 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

I love all sea food but the first thing that comes to mind is clam chowder made with pacific razor clams (I must have my trip to the oregon coast on my mind)

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18 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

A trip to the Oregon coast sounds like so much fun! Clam chowder is awesome in the cooler months. I always prefer the hard to find Manhattan clam chowder. Guess I just need to make it myself ;) Have an awesome trip!

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19 Miranda July 7, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’m an email subscriber.

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20 Jody July 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

My favorite is making salman in foil on the grill that I drizzle with a mixture of honey and low sodium soy sauce. So good, especially where the edges get blackened.

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21 Marla July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

Jody, I have never put mine in foil but I must. would also ensure not sticking to the grill :) The honey & soy sauce sounds wonderful.

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22 Susan July 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

I love freshly caught shrimp from the Gulf, quickly sautéed with a homemade chile oil and served on top of a simple arugula salad.

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23 Marla July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Susan, I was just out in New Orleans and that Gulf seafood was amazing. The shrimp was spectacular & we had it prepared every which way. Homemade chile oil sounds good too.

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24 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

SALMON is favorite seafood! I LOVE IT! I make salmon burgers using Salmon Burgers with Herb Aïoli recipe at http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/salmon-burgers-herb-aioli.aspx . Great recipe!

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25 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

I tweeted this giveaway.

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26 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen July 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

My favorite seafood is pecan crusted trout with lemon and homemade tartar sauce! YUM!

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27 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

Amber I will be living on trout when I’m in Telluride this summer. Pecan crusted is a great idea too!

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28 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen July 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

I follow you on twitter!

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29 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

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30 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen July 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

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31 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

I follow @AndersonSeafood on Twitter.

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32 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

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33 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

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34 Cindy B. July 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

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35 Emily July 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

WOW!!! That is so beautiful, and I LOVE your pictures of your flowers!!! Also, I am VERY jealous of your job where you can be cooking in your kitchen one day and looking at the mountains in Utah the next!

My favorite way to prepare seafood is to get a fresh shipment of salmon from Alaska (my good friend fishes up there!-once a year or so she will send me some of her salmon) and simply dress it with fresh lemon and cracked pepper and throw it on the grill. We like to eat it with grilled pitas and homemade corn salsa. YUM!!!

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36 Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

I love salmon marinated in a chimichurri sauce served over rice. yum!

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37 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

Shari I must make a batch of homemade chimmichrurri sauce. I would smear it all over everything! It is awesome with fish.

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38 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

I have bookmarked this one. This is right up my alley! Can’t wait to see you later today and hike with you this weekend!

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39 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

I know I can’t wait for you to get here! You & I would live on this salmon if we were hanging out.

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40 Suzanne July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

I love salmon. I don’t buy it and cook it at home because it’s expensive. When I order it out, I really like it blackened.

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41 yummychunklet July 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

My favorite staple is baked salmon with a generous drizzle of olive oil and simple spices and herbs. However, I just recently made salmon baked in a foil pouch with roasted tomatoes, so that might be the new favorite!

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42 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

I love fish baked with veggies in parchment or foil too. Haven’t done it in a while though & need to.

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43 Suzanne July 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

I subscribe to your blog.

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44 Heather @ Heather's Dish July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

This is definitely my new favorite way to make salmon :) simple preparation with great flavors always sounds good!

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45 karen d July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

I love my salmon cooked in a really hot cast iron pan using a little butter and olive oil and topped with l dill butter.

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46 Marla July 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

Karen, cast iron pans are awesome for cooking salmon. Such a great crust is achieved on the outside of the fish. One of my all time favorites too. The dill butter is a great idea.

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47 lynn @ the actor's diet July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

i love salmon! i’ve actually never made it at home since my husband is a vegetarian. this would be a good excuse to start.

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48 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

Oh Lynn you must cook up some seafood. Just means more for you ;)

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49 Kate July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love cooking tuna burgers on the grill. This recipe looks great, thanks!

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50 Marla July 7, 2011 at 10:14 am

Kate, tuna burgers sound great. Must make some of those on the grill soon.

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51 Kate July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

I also subscribe to your RSS feed.

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52 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

The color of that salmon is breathtaking!

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53 Marla July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

Allison, I know isn’t that color gorgeous! It always scares me so when dyes and yuck are added to fish. I mean really & why?!

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54 Kari H. July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love tuna slightly seared…Delicious!!

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55 Nikki July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

Favorite seafood.. that one’s hard! I’d have to say oyster – I’ve never met a raw oyster I didn’t like :)

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56 Marla July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

Nikki, me too. freakin’ love oysters!

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57 Kari H. July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am
58 Kari H. July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

I am following you on Twitter (@lch2004).

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59 Kari H. July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

I am following Anderson Seafood on Twitter (@lch2004).

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60 Kari H. July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

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61 Kari H. July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

I am an email subscriber.

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62 Maria @ Scandifoodie July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

Yuuuum! This sounds so so tasty Marla! I’m a huge fan of salmon, but unfortunately I can only eat very small portions of cooked salmon (raw, cured and smoked is fine, but I think the fats change when the salmon is cooked and for some reason it doesn’t suit me). I can’t wait to try the basil aioli once my basil is up and growing again!

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63 Chrissy July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

My favorite way is either just way way that you did it ( I will be posting my version shortly, as I made it for my friend last weekend), or the basic way that my mom always prepared salmon: A little butter, alot of lemon and dill, topped with a homemade yogurt dill sauce. YUM!

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64 Chrissy July 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

following anderson seafoods on twitter!

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65 Chrissy July 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I tweeted your shout out!

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66 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

your photos are glorious, as always!

Salmon. It never fails to be the winner for me!

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67 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

the basil aioli looks to die for, btw!

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68 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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69 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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70 susan July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

we love salmon in our house. we like it plain and simple – roasted on high heat with a bit of olive oil, s and p! black quinoa, kind of all over that idea!!

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71 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I like salmon with a miso glaze. Yum!

(Oh, and I have those same blue plates. Love Target!)

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72 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm
73 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I already follow you on Twitter.

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74 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Following Anderson Seafoods on Twitter (@amyradish)

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75 Meryl July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

My favorite is broiled salmon with a mix of lots of herbs and spices, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice.

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76 Louis July 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Pan-fried rainbow trout with sauteed scallions in a white wine sauce.

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77 Marla July 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Louis, I cannot get enough rainbow trout. Had it over a salad today. Also LOVE Steelhead trout. Will be living on that in Telluride next month. The sauteed scallions & white wine sauce sound great!

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78 Samantha Jean July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Ah, I absolutely love seafood and I’m a huge fan of salmon, but my husband is not. One time – I thought I’d be sneaky and make a salmon patty and just refer to it as a “fish patty”… he took a bite, looked at me and asked “what the heck is this?” Needless to say, I’ve never attempted to “sneak” salmon into our dinners again.

My favorite seafood dish to make? Emeril Lagasse’s Eggplant and Shrimp Bake (you can find it on the Food Network website). It has wonderful flavors and makes an excellent side to a grilled pork chop. I can definitely get my husband to eat his fair share of this! It’s so delicious.

I’m also lucky enough to live next to the ocean (on the East Coast, though) and blue crabs are abundant. We went crabbing earlier this summer (around Memorial Day) and let me tell you… while the crabbing may be tedious.. there’s nothing better than cooking something you caught yourself.

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79 Marla July 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Samantha, your own fresh catch is so rewarding.I hope to be able to do that this summer. I would love to catch my own trout in Colorado. Also want to learn how to gut & filet the fish. On my trip to New Orleans a few weeks ago I was able to sample a bunch of fresh oysters and goodies straight off the boat. Amazing experience indeed!
Sorry to hear those salmon burgers didn’t go over well with your hubs. It is a fish that has a distinct taste which is why I love it so. Big on heavy flavor over here. That shrimp bake by Emeril sounds really good. Thanks for stopping by :)

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80 Samantha Jean July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I follow you on RSS feed.

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81 Samantha Jean July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I also subscribed to Anderson’s Seafood newsletter. They have some amazing looking recipes on that site! =]

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82 Debbie July 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I love mussels and one of my favorites is a Thai Curry recipe. I love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway.

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83 Marla July 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping by. A Thai Curry would be great for dinner tonight!

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84 Georgia Pellegrini July 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Copper River King salmon is my all time favorite seafood. When I wrote my book Food Heroes, I had the opportunity to write about the man responsible for bringing it into the lower 48 states — Jon Rowley! Wonderful giveaway!

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85 Marla July 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Georgia, the experiences you had and the folks you met while writing Food Heroes are so inspirational. Jon Rowley is an amazing man. So glad he made it so that we can all enjoy some of the best food on Earth :)

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86 Esi July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I love quinoa. This sounds like a great recipe.

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87 MikeVFMK July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Love! And this recipe is spot on. I like my salmon roasted and wrapped in prosciutto with a light yogurt sauce. I know I’m not eligible for the giveaway but I’ll tweet it anyway! Thanks Marla!

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88 Lana July 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I just retweeted your giveaway as @Bibberche.

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89 Lana July 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I have been following you on Twitter for ages as @Bibberche.

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90 Lana July 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I love all seafood, but my favorite are humble mussels, so simple, but so satisfying. Love them!

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91 Marla July 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Lana, I love mussels too. Especially with a garlicky marinara sauce. Or a wine sauce. Craving now actually :)

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92 claudia lamascolo July 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Wow spectacular photos! Just wonderfully mouth watering!

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93 Lana July 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I Stumbled your post.

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94 Lana July 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I follow @AndersonSeafood on Twitter as @Bibberche.

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95 Amanda Thompson July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I love prawns grilled on the bbq!!

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96 Amanda Thompson July 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I follow FFC via email :)

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97 Amanda Thompson July 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I just subscribed to Anderson Seafoods newsletter.

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98 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I love pan-seared scallops or baked crab cakes:-) Your dish looks delicious!

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99 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I follow you on twitter:-)

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100 Coleen July 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

My favorite seafood is ahi tuna. I have a recipe for seared ahi tuna tacos with an avocado/tomato salsa that I found years ago on the Food Network website. It was one of the first meals I made for my husband while we were dating. We now eat them fairly regularly.

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101 Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair July 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Salmon is definitely my favorite! Just featured an herbed salmon recipe on my blog. I love it roasted, grilled, baked, or put into burgers…really any way! This aioli sounds great!!

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102 Marla July 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Grace, I just checked out your salmon. Looks awesome! Lots of fresh herbs is a great thing.

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103 Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair July 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Following you on Twitter.

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104 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Marla, it looks amazing! :)

I love to serve salmon with basil butter, so I can just imagine how lovely it is with the basil aioli.

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105 Marla July 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Sommer, basil butter. Nice, I gotta try that one.

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106 Angela FRS July 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Halibut is my personal favorite, and I love it poached or grilled or broiled…

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107 Angela FRS July 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I stumbled this post!

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108 Angela FRS July 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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109 Angela FRS July 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I follow Anderson Seafood on Twitter.

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110 Jeanette July 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Marla,
Your salmon dish reminds me of a salmon dish I enjoyed a while back in a restaurant – served over warm French lentils. Salmon is one of my favorite fishes too, especially when it is just slightly underdone. Fish is so easy to make, and I love it simply prepared. Gorgeous photos!

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111 Marla July 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Jeanette, I like my salmon best when it is slightly underdone too. I love the skin extra crispy, a nice caramelized exterior and the inside not cooked through. The timing needs to be spot on….but simple to do once you get used to preparing it.

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112 Jessica July 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I love making salmon burgers at home but when I go out to eat, I love a good ahi tuna steak!

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113 Jessica July 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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114 Angie's Recipes July 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm

The aioli looks great and I love salmon too.

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115 Kristen M. July 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

We like salmon & tilapia. We don’t have a grill so we usually bake it in the oven. I love maple flavors with salmon and my kids love herbs/pesto with tilapia.

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116 Kristen M. July 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I follow you on twitter.

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117 Kristen M. July 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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118 Amy Tong July 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

What a wonderful giveaway! I love seafood and my favorite is scallop! Best way to prepare is a little salt and pepper, then simply pan seared to enjoy the natural sweetness! In this post below, I put them on salad…one of my favorite summertime dinner–Warm Seafood Salad.

http://utry.it/2010/10/warm-seafood-salad-with-meyer-lemon-and.html

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119 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:58 am

Hi Amy! Thanks for sharing that salad link with me. It looks light, healthy & full of flavor. Just the way I love my food :)

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120 Amy Tong July 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Just tweeted about this giveaway and here’s the link: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it

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121 Amy Tong July 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm

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122 Amy Tong July 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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123 Amy Tong July 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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124 Katrina July 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

This looks perfect! Beautiful recipe :)

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125 Nami @ Just One Cookbook July 8, 2011 at 1:50 am

Copper River Salmon is our family’s favorite salmon. It’s pretty expensive too…but it’s SO DELICIOUS! I’m bookmarking this recipe as you mentioned it’s the best! I can’t wait to try… I know this is going to be a good salmon recipe! Thank you for sharing Marla!

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126 Alyssa July 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

My boyfriend made a killer shrimp kabob on the grill a few weeks ago; it had, well, shrimp, baby roma tomatoes, yellow peppers, and pineapple. We brushed them with a carribean specialty sauce from our local grocery store. The sweetness of the kabob combined with the char of the grill was delicious!

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127 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:57 am

Alyssa, lucky you to have an amazing boyfriend who cooks for you – grills nonetheless! The pineapple and caribbean sauce sounds really good.

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128 Desserts In My Kitchen July 8, 2011 at 6:25 am

I just love salmon! My favorite way to prepare salmon is definitely on the grill, with lemon butter, and fresh herbs! I love your food, and recipe blog. I signed up for email subscriptions, so I don’t miss any yummy posts! Have a wonderful day, and great post :)

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129 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Thanks Cheryl! So glad you stopped by. Your grilled salmon sounds really good too :)

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130 Angie July 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

I really like sriracha salmon!

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131 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Angie, I have been seeing a lot of recipes for that. Sounds absolutely amazing.

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132 bridget {bake at 350} July 8, 2011 at 7:29 am

I think my favorite seafood IS salmon…covered in herbs, lemon juice and wine, and baked ala Ina Garten.

Beautiful pictures!!!

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133 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Bridget, when we finally get together we have to have salmon your way….love that! K?

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134 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

I’m subscribed by email!

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135 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

I’ve always enjoyed orange herring (is that what it’s called?) — simply baked and drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper. :) YUM!

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136 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Kathleen, I don’t know if I have ever had orange herring. You now have me very intrigued.

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137 Carolyn July 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

Salmon is hands down my favourite seafood. I adore it, love to prepare it simply to bring out the salmony flavour. And I am a diehard smoked salmon girl, i will eat it every chance I get!

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138 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Carolyn, me too I fell in love with smoked salmon as a kid. Way before I ever liked regular salmon. Scottish smoked is my favorite. I’ll never forget those hot NY bagels with gobs of cream cheese & smoked salmon I would slam when I lived there. OMG…. These days I put it on spelt cakes, keeps me from falling into a carb coma.

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139 Carolyn July 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

Following Anderson Seafoods now!

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140 Carolyn July 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

Stumbled!

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141 SMITH BITES!! July 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

salmon – we love to grill salmon; marinate in a bit of soy, ginger and brown sugar, grilled and served over brown rice and a side of grilled baby bok choy – Yum!

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142 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Debra, that little bit of sugar must help the outside caramelize perfectly. Love bok choy too. Have not had it in a while though – thanks for the reminder.

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143 Kaci July 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

Love salmon cooked in a sizzling cast iron skillet with just salt & pepper. Also delicious the next day on a spinach salad with mushrooms and honey dijon vinaigrette. Love your website!! Thanks for all of the GREAT recipes!

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144 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Kaci, that is a nice way to prepare salmon. I like a hot piece of fish that wilts the greens a bit when you place it on top. You are right, such a great combo. Thanks for stopping by :)

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145 Kate@Diethood July 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I can eat that sauce with a spoon… then I’ll attack the salmon! :) Beautiful meal!

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146 Kate@Diethood July 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I hit submit too sooooon! Sorry… :/
I like my salmon grilled/smoked… with salt, pepper, lemon, olive oil! :)

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147 Elisa July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

We actually do Salmon with a little egg wash and dipped in Kettle Chips crushed Buffalo Bleu chips (in food processor with a bit of parsley). Sounds crazy, right? It is outrageously good…Done in the pan and finished quickly under the broiler to keep everything crispy.

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148 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Elisa, that is so creative!! Have never thought to put an egg wash on salmon let alone Buffalo Bleu Chips. I bet that’s outrageously good. I think you could convert non fish eaters with that recipe. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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149 Jen Little July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I LOVE salmon! Copper River is one of my favorites. Been making it for the kids too! I started buying wild caught because there is a less fishy taste. My daughter actually likes any kind of seafood and she is 4!

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150 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Jen, that is so cool that your little gal loves her seafood. My kids go through phases, but I am happy that there is always some that they like. Wild fish does taste better & I feel better knowing it is healthier for us too :)

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151 Jen L. July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I signed up for your newsletter/RSS feed and facebook!

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152 Jen L. July 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I signed up to get Anderson newsletters. looks like they have yummy recipes online!

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153 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Grilled salmon is my absolute favorite! I love pesto too, so I am totally wishing I was over when you made this. It looks devine. What a cool company and giveaway!

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154 Cheryl July 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I love Flounder but I only prepared it in Arizona when we lived close to mexico. So I will go with mahi mahi and we bread it with a coconut breading and fry it in a beer sauce.. sooo good

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155 Marla July 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Coconut breading, fried in beer sauce? How kinda fabulous is that?!

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156 Cheryl July 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

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157 Cheryl July 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

follow you on twitter girl @cherylcasperson

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158 Cara July 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My husband make an awesome asian salmon on the grill! What an awesome giveaway!

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159 sophia July 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love mackerel. Salmon is a close second, but I prefer salmon raw, sashimi style. For mackerel, however, it’s gotta be stewed in a spicy Korean sauce with lots of radish, ginger and onions.

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160 sophia July 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

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161 Cori July 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

I love making (or buying) ponzu sauce, and marinating salmon in it. Then broiling the salmon, coating it in the ponzu halfway through until it caramelizes on the edges and topping it with black sesame seeds and sliced scallions. mmmm

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162 Nora @ Natural Noshing July 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

Your salmon with quinoa is gorgeous! You always take such beautiful photos! Thanks for the link love :) it’s always much appreciated!

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163 M July 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

I love lightly fried softshell crabs!

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164 Cristie July 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

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165 Cristie July 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

Following Anderson Seafood on Twitter

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166 Cristie July 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

Signed up for Anderson Newsletter

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167 Cristie July 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

Signed up for your email feed

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168 anne hill July 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

my favorite seafood recipe was some simple grilled scallops i made once with lemon juice and red pepper – i put it in a salad with avacado, grilled grape tomatoes, and almond slivers. yum!

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169 anne hill July 9, 2011 at 9:23 am
170 anne hill July 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

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171 anne hill July 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

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172 anne hill July 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

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173 anne hill July 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

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174 Kristen July 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

my favorite is slow cooked salmon with some blueberries!

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175 Kristen July 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

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176 melissa everet July 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

i love salmon, simply browned in butter. served over quinoa with julienned carrots, fresh thyme, lemon juice, and olive oil. but my favorite sea food is found at sushi bars beside the sea…:)

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177 Cindy B. July 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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178 Megan July 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I love salmon – I usually broil it with a honey mustard sauce on top.

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179 Amanda July 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

One of the few seafood items I like is actually salmon. I love it marinated in an asian inspired sauce and grilled. I wish I had some right now!

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180 Cindy B. July 10, 2011 at 5:06 am

I re-tweeted
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181 anne hill July 10, 2011 at 9:25 am
182 Anna Johnston July 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Gorgeous plate of food right there. I’m dying to get to the Salmon farm in Tasmania, something beautiful about them I think. My brothers speciality is Asian marinated salmon fillet, ahhhh drool. I’ll be sure to try this here recipe and let ya know. Yum!

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183 Marla July 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Hi Anna, I hope you do get to try this recipe. Your brother’s dish is something I need to try too. Tasmania sounds like a beautiful place to visit a salmon farm.

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184 Karen R July 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Baked Salmon with Dill, Lemon, and Onions

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185 Kristina Vanni July 11, 2011 at 6:21 am

Gorgeous dish! I have tried white and red quinoa but never seen black…so excited to give it a taste! If you have any grilled recipes up your sleeves I totally encourage you to enter them in our grilled fish contest this week ;) http://su.pr/1ZdDZi

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186 Natalie J Vandenberghe July 11, 2011 at 8:21 am

It’s impossible to name just one favorite! I love grilled salmon with a delicious teriyaki sauce. I also love pecan encrusted halibut with any sort of berry topping–although I have to admit: I haven’t actually MADE that by myself. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.

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187 Natalie J Vandenberghe July 11, 2011 at 8:29 am
188 Natalie J Vandenberghe July 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

@Lexiquin follows you on Twitter

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189 Natalie J Vandenberghe July 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

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190 Alexis July 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

My quick favourite is poached wild salmon steaks! Just add onions, garlic, fresh dill & cilantro, rice vinegar, tamari, lemon and water to a skillet, then simmer and add salmon skin side down till cooked!

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191 Marla July 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Alexis, I must try that poached salmon….sounds wonderful!

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192 Natalie J Vandenberghe July 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

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193 Lynda Del July 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

My favorite is shrimp anything. I’d make shrimp tacos and shrimp chowder soup!

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194 Marla July 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Lynda, shrimp chowder soup sounds awesome. Not sure I have ever had that.

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195 Lynda Del July 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I follow you on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

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196 Lynda Del July 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed.

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197 Sarah Elizabeth July 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

A favorite seafood? That’s almost impossible! I love all kinds and it’s hard to pick just one. I’d have to say my #1 would be crab legs, but that’s not something I cook at home. Lately we’ve been eating scallops a lot, and I love salmon as well.

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198 Sarah Elizabeth July 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Following you on twitter now, via @MissSE06

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199 Sarah Elizabeth July 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I’m now following AndersonSeafoods via @MissSE06 as well. Thanks for sharing their link- I’ll definitely be checking out their fish!

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200 anne hill July 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm
201 Sharon Amore July 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I signed up for the newsletter…. My favorite is Salmon with garlic and herbs boiled in the over…. My ex-mother-in-law showed me how…. Wow is all I can say!

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202 Rella (@RellaBellaK) July 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

Mahi mahi is my favorite fish–I love it lightly crusted with spices (like fennel, cumin, coriander), pan seared, and then finished in the oven!

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203 Marla July 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Rella, I live the idea of the fennel. I never use that on my fish but must try it. Perfect idea for mahi mahi. Would be great on tilapia too.

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204 Lauren W July 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Shrimp is my favorite! Gumbo, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Shrimp Tacos……..you get the idea ;)

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205 Marla July 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Lauren, you got great taste girl. I love all those shrimp dishes too :)

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206 Lauren W July 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I follow Anderson Seafood on twitter as lwyler81

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207 Lauren W July 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I signed up for the Anderson Seafood newsletter!

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208 Lauren W July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I’m an email subscriber!

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209 Winnie July 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Love this post Marla- the recipes looks fantastic. I tweeted about the giveaway ;)

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210 Marla July 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thanks so much Winnie. Saw your tweet while I was partying on #gno.

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211 Winnie July 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I like you both on twitter.

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212 Winnie July 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I stumbled this post.

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213 anne hill July 13, 2011 at 1:52 am
214 stacey snacks July 13, 2011 at 5:46 am

My favorite way to prepare salmon is roasting it in the oven on a bed of asparagus and topping it with a shallot caper sauce. Easy and delicious!

I am going to try your grilled recipe tonight w/ the aioli!

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215 Marla July 13, 2011 at 6:08 am

Stacey, shallot caper sauce sounds wonderful! Must try that – I LOVE capers :)

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216 anne hill July 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm
217 Amanda N July 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

These look amazing!

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218 Megan McD May 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

I love absolutely anything with quinoa! This looks delicious.

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219 Lindsay Smith-Rosales October 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Marla,
Thank you so much for the mentions on the blogs. We love you coming in and supporting the restaurant. By the way, we do have our arctic char, which is our sustainable choice for salmon, cooked with the basil aioli that we make, which is on our spring and summer menu. We will just be changing to our fall, winter option this month. Just a update on our basil aioli to share with your followers:

Nirvana Grille Basil Aioli
3 Parts Mayonnaise or Vegannaise
1.5 Parts Basil, Organic or Washed Very Well
.5 Parts Chopped Garlic
Salt and Pepper To Taste

In a Cuisinart, blend basil and garlic, until well minced. Add mayonnaise and blend until incorporated. Do not over mix or mayonnaise will split. Mix in Salt and Pepper to taste, by hand.

At the restaurant we prepare Arctic Char or Salmon baked in a 400 degree oven, with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, until 3/4 of the way cooked. We then remove the fish, add a 1/4 inch layer of the aioli from side to side along the top of the fish, and finish cooking to caramelize the aioli and keep the fish tender. Enjoy!

Best Regards,
Chef Lindsay and our Nirvana Grille Kitchens

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220 Melanie July 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Hi Marla,
I tried this last night on corn tortillas with homemade salsa for a fish taco. Amazing! I will be using that basil aioli on anything I can from now on. I was just following up on the email that I sent you regarding the possibility of you hiring a personal assistant. Please let me know if you would be interested in meeting and discussing that.
Thank you,
Melanie

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221 Marla July 2, 2013 at 6:06 am

Hi there Melanie! Congrats on your move to Telluride! Things have been so busy here with summer break. Currently I am not looking to hire but I would love to meet you for coffee to talk about what you are looking to do. Shoot me another email so we can set something up!

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