Salmon is one of my favorite fish to eat. I prefer fish over meat and poultry, and eat it occasionally to get my protein – and it has a lot of protein. I used to eat one filet by myself, but I’ve found that what I really need is half that much. So I bake a piece then save half to eat the following day.
Pan-fried Salmon With Vegetables
Salmon Only: Protein: 39 grams, Potassium: 967 mg, Phosphorus: 394 mg
Heat sesame oil (or your favorite cooking oil) in a fry pan over medium-high heat.
Rinse and pat dry the salmon.
Add the fish to the hot pan, sprinkle with herbs (dill, basil, parsley- your preference) and cook on both sides for 6-7 minutes total (approximately, depending on the thickness of your piece of fish).
Slice red onion (or any onion).
Rinse and snap into pieces – fresh organic green beans and asparagus. (This is what I used, but change it up as you prefer – only stay away from the high potassium vegetables with this meal.)
If your fry pan is large enough, add the vegetable pieces during the last few minutes before the fish is done. You may need to add more oil, and a little butter helps with the flavor as well. Cooking all items together will enhance the flavor.
My pan was too small, so I did a stir fry with the vegetables when the fish was out of the pan. I sprinkled the vegetables with black pepper and a little chipotle pepper. Notice I added NO salt. Between the herbs, oil, and butter, this dish is very flavorful. Most fresh fish is naturally low in sodium.
I cut the big portion of salmon in half and ate it with all the vegetables. This meal nearly fills my quota for daily protein at: salmon: 39 grams, green beans: 1.8 grams, asparagus & onions: minimal . Supposedly I only need 45 total grams of protein. If I drink a glass of milk, or goat’s milk, with this meal, that is 8 more grams of protein. I would have all the protein I need for the day in this one meal!
And salmon’s potassium and phosphorus numbers are also high (see the top of this page).
It’s easy for me to see how I have been over-eating….!!!!
Fish offers so much goodness that I refuse to give up this excellent protein. To reduce the numbers further, eat only 1/3 of the fish and fill up with more vegetables.
If you prefer to bake your salmon, top it with oil and herbs and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Fish continues to cook after it’s removed from the heat, so don’t over bake it.
The PKD Connection website has an informative page about protein and kidney disease.
Next up, Salmon Patties