Simple Steamed Salmon

with lemon & avocado

So, as previously mentioned, I’m working my way through Clean Slate by the editors of Martha Stewart Living. The recipes are wholesome, easy to make and can be served easily for lunch or dinner, sometimes even breakfast, any day of the week. I’m a fan! Sometimes when I’m working on a project it can seem a bit contrived, but the recipes in this book are so up my alley that I’m excited to announce I’m also giving away a copy! If you’re trying to eat better in 2015, or just enjoy cooking recipes without too many frills that are healthy, while at the same time pleasing everyone that you make meals for, then this is a book you’ll most certainly get some serious use out of. For example, that Almond Chicken Soup that I posted on Tuesday. Doesn’t it look awesome? And it comes together in under an hour! That’s how most of the recipes in this book are, so if that appeals to you, enter to win! Just share one of these blog photos on Instagram or Twitter, tag me (@crepesofwrath) and use the hashtag #cleanslatechallenge, or comment here and tell me what one of your goals for 2015 are. The giveaway will go on through the month of February, and you can enter every time I post a new recipe, so go for the gold.

simple steamed salmonWandering around Greenpoint.

Speaking of gold, this salmon recipe, I have to say, is one of my new favorites. I make salmon a lot, and I mean a lot, but I never considered steaming it. Maybe that’s because I don’t have a steamer. I usually just throw my fish in a pan or, more often than not, under the broiler, and rub it with olive oil or whatever other seasonings I have on hand. This method, though, calls for steaming the salmon on a bed of sliced lemon, seasoned effortlessly with a little salt and pepper, then serving it alongside a few more lemon wedges, ripe avocado and some toast, my preference is whole grain or something similar, but that’s up to you. I know that Valentine’s Day is coming up, and while this isn’t everyone’s idea of Valentine’s Day brunch, it certainly is mine. My parents would probably flip reading that, because growing up I wouldn’t touch fish, not even a California roll, with a ten foot pole, but now I’d eat salmon for breakfast every day if I could. This dish is simple, but so satisfying and filling, and you can serve it in a number of different ways. Dress it up with a fried egg, or even scramble some eggs and throw them on a bagel with the salmon and avocado. If fish for breakfast isn’t your thing, try it on a salad or on top of some creamy pasta for lunch or dinner. And don’t be afraid if you don’t have a steamer – in the recipe below, I’ll share my “hacked” method for steaming without a basket. It’s easy, I promise. Happy #cleanslate eating!

simple steamed salmonsimple steamed salmonI love this recipe because you don’t need much!

simple steamed salmonI don’t have a steamer nor a colander that fits into a pot or pan, so I improvised.

simple steamed salmonHello my pretties.

simple steamed salmonThat’s it! It couldn’t be easier. Plus, I was lucky enough to plate my dish on this white Martha Stewart dishware from Macy’s!.

simple steamed salmon

Simple Steamed Salmon
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Serves: 2
Salmon made simply by steaming it with a few slices of lemon, served with toast and avocado.
  • 2 4 ounce filets salmon, skin on or off (off it recommended, but you can just remove the skin once the salmon has been steamed)
  • 1½ lemons, 1 lemon sliced thinly and the other ½ cut into wedges
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 ripe, but firm, avocado, thinly sliced
  • toast, lightly buttered, for serving
  1. If you have a steamer basket or metal colander, place it in its appropriate pot, if it came with one, otherwise just place it in a pot big enough to fit it. If you're like me, and for some reason own neither of these things, place a pie dish or something similar is a large, heavy bottomed pot or pan, so that you can pour water around it without having the water touch what will eventually be inside the pot or pan (see the above photos for a better explanation).
  2. Arrange lemon slices in your steamer basket or pie dish, then bring about 1 inch of water to a simmer, being careful not to get water into the area in which you plan to place your fish. Place the salmon in your basket or dish, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover, and steam the fish for 7-9 minutes, until it is cooked through and opaque.
  3. Arrange your avocado on your plate, then place the salmon next to it with a wedge of lemon and perhaps another sprinkle of sea salt or a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with toast. This is also good cold on top of a bagel, in a sandwich or on a salad!
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16 Responses

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve been eyeing that cookbook but haven’t taken the plunge – love all the juices/smoothie blends in it!

  2. My top goal for the year is to get one of my screenplays into production and move to sunny California. I also make salmon all the time and definitely need to try steaming it. It is always tasty with lemon and avocado.

  3. Erica says:

    This looks delicious and easy. One of my goals this year is to try cooking with new fruits and vegetables. I just tried fennel for the first time last night and I really liked it.

  4. Ty says:

    Goals for 2015 – break or make one bad habit a month. In January, I quit Diet Soda for good. February, has been about working exercise into my daily routine. So far so good! March will be about clean eating!!

  5. Melody says:

    One of my goals this year is to eat healthier dinners.

  6. Carly says:

    I would like to be more kind and more patient with myself- and spread positivity and messages of confidence with all women who rule the world (that’s ALL of us!)

  7. Yoojin says:

    one of my goals this year is to focus on really listening to my body. feed it what it wants, rest when it wants, and move when it wants :)

  8. Kathy Shimer says:

    I just found out I have diabetes, so my goal is to lower my blood sugar and to do that is to count carbs, exercise more, and loose weight.

  9. Jane M says:

    Yes I steam salmon often! My hubs is now a type 1 so we eat NO CARBS – boohoo. I am trying to keep off the 20lbs I dropped on WW last year….10 months and counting.

  10. kelseychm says:

    I hope to eat healthier and stay away from the treats a bit more.

  11. rita says:

    if you have a vegetable steamer, you can do away with it. i don’t have a food steamer, either – so what i do: i get a good sized-pot, where i can fit my vegetable steamer. i put some water in the bottom of the pot; then place my vegetable steamer inside the pot, then aluminum foil on top of the steamer; put the food on top of the foil – cover the pot and steam away. if the water’s running low before the food is done, i simply add more water. except for pizza (which i reheat in either: stove top or toaster oven), it’s a good way to reheat leftovers :)

    if your steamer has a center post, you might have to use separate foils for each fish/or any food you may want to steam to accommodate the size/feature of your vegetable steamer. be sure you fold the edges up so the juice/sauce doesn’t leak into the water.

  12. susan schaefer says:

    Where have you been???

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