Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, paleo.
Parchment salmon with spinach (or whatever greens I have on hand) is one of my go-to healthy and light dinners. It’s incredibly easy and quick to make, while being delicious and providing great nutritious value. These are the things I value in weeknight dinners: they should be easy, fast, delicious, healthy and contain minimum ingredients, most of which I already have on hand. This parchment salmon is a perfect example of my go-to dinner. It’s ready in no more than 20 minutes! I usually keep pieces of frozen salmon in my freezer, so I just have to take it out in the morning and toss it with a few ingredients in the evening.
Moreover, this recipe gives you a great degree of flexibility. You can use any other fish of your choice instead of salmon, as long as the piece is not too big, otherwise the baking time would increase to 20-30 minutes. You can infuse any flavor in your fish: ginger, lemon, dill, white wine or whatever is your favorite. This time I’ve made parchment salmon with ginger-garlic sauce and it came out just perfect. You can pair it with whatever side you prefer. I’ve chosen brown rice, but baked or boiled potatoes, roasted vegetables or a simple green salad would fit great as well.
If you like fish, salmon is a really good choice because it’s a real storehouse of nutrients, being a superfood and one of the best tasting food I know. Health benefits of salmon include its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium, phosphorus and vitamin B12, B3, D, etc). These amazing nutrients improve control of the body’s inflammatory processes, cell and brain functions. Moreover, salmon protects your eyes and skin, helps in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions (osteoarthritis) and cardiovascular conditions, improves your sleep and metabolism and just generally makes you smarter and happier.
When choosing salmon, go for wild-caught Alaskan salmon, as it’s more sustainable and less contaminated than most of the other forms of salmon. I recommend purchasing salmon from a store you trust that has fresh supply of fish.
Baking salmon in parchment paper is a right choice if you want to ensure the maximum intake of all the nutrients it provides. Parchment-paper packets keep salmon nice and moist as it is baked in its own juices. Moreover, absolutely NO cleaning is needed afterwards, as no backing dish is used! Check the recipe below and enjoy your salmon! Here is a little gif and on how to fold the parchment over the salmon. Alternatively, here is a video.
What is your favorite way to prepare salmon? Share your ideas in the comments!