This post was sponsored by BlogMeetsBrand on behalf of Alaska Seafood. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Dinnertime in our house is usually pretty crazy. My husband, John, gets home from work most nights between 5:00 and 5:30, and the kids start to get all wound up the second he comes in the door. There are a lot of days when I have been so distracted by cleaning the house and taking care of the kids that I forget to plan anything for dinner. I usually keep our freezer pretty well stocked with meat – ground hamburger, chicken, etc., but if I forget to take something out to thaw earlier in the day, I can’t serve it for dinner that night.
On those nights when I’ve completely spaced on planning for dinner, it’s easy to just say “let’s order a pizza tonight”, but that’s not exactly healthy. I want to set a good example for my kids, and show them that no matter how exhausted or busy you are at the end of the day, and even if you haven’t planned dinner, you can still cook a healthy meal in the same amount of time it would take you to order a pizza. It really doesn’t have to be complicated or a lot of work.
One of my favorite healthy dinnertime meals is seafood, with vegetables and a starch on the side. I always keep a bag of frozen Alaska seafood in the freezer for those nights when I just don’t feel like cooking. One of the best things about the frozen Alaska seafood, is that I don’t have to thaw it out before cooking it. In fact, I can have a healthy and delicious meal on my table in about 15 minutes! How amazing is that?!
Nearly 60% of seafood harvested in the U.S. comes from Alaska, and you can find wild Alaska seafood in the freezer section of your local grocery store year round. There is an amazing variety to choose from, including five species of salmon, three species of whitefish, and several varieties of shellfish.
Alaska preserves much of the fresh catch immediately after it leaves the icy water by rapidly chilling the catch, then commercially flash freezing at well below zero, ensuring that the seafood is kept at the peak of freshness, and locking in the best quality and flavor.
The cold water and natural environment of Alaska produces seafood with lean flesh, firm texture, and superior flavor that is full of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals and oils essential to good health.
Alaska seafood is high in protein, low in saturated fat, low in sodium and one of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s really a great dinner option for the whole family! You can learn more at the Wild Alaska Seafood website.
There are also several different cooking techniques and helpful how-to videos available on the Cook It Frozen section of the Wild Alaska Seafood website. If you’d like to watch some of these seafood cooking techniques live, you can visit one of the more than 600 Wild Alaska Seafood cooking demonstrations at a store near you during the month of October!
Tonight, I pulled some wild Alaska sockeye salmon out of the freezer, and had a healthy and delicious meal on my table 15 minutes later!
Sockeye salmon is my all-time favorite seafood, and I eat a lot of it. I love the firm texture, how flavorful it is, and how well it pairs with so many different foods. In addition to baking or roasting, sockeye salmon is perfect for grilling, broiling, sautéing, poaching, steaming, and smoking. There is just SO much you can do with it! Even after being frozen, the wild Alaska sockeye salmon stays so fresh and has that wonderful red color.
Below is a recipe for one of my favorite ways to prepare the wild Alaska sockeye salmon. It’s such an easy way to cook it, and it tastes absolutely amazing!
Garlic & Herb Parmesan Crusted Sockeye Salmon
- 4 Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fillets (about 6 oz. each)
- 6 Tbsp. Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tbsp. Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic & Herb Seasoning Mix
- Pinch of Salt and Pepper
- 1 Tbsp. Melted Butter
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Rinse salmon fillets under COLD water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towel.
- Brush both sides of fillets with olive oil.
- Place fillets (skin side down) on foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake fillets for 4 minutes.
- While salmon is baking, mix bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic and herb seasoning mix, salt, pepper and melted butter in a small bowl.
- Remove salmon fillets from oven and gently press herb and breadcrumb mixture into fillets.
- Return salmon fillets to oven and cook for 11 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
- Serve with your favorite vegetable and rice, potatoes or pasta.
Flaky & delicious!