Thursday, January 9, 2014

Clean Eating, Day 8 -- Poached Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

 I have a problem: at any given time, I am the only person in my family who enjoys fish. It's true--at my mom's house, the only fish we eat are some sort of freezer-brand fish and chips. My fiancé won't even touch fish unless it's "freshwater" which I think is code for he'll only eat it if he catches it himself, because I cannot see how one would like a very fishy-tasting fish like trout, but does not enjoy a mild, hardly-fishy fish like whitefish. Who knows.

My Dad was the only one who liked fish. In fact, it was probably the ONLY thing he could cook. I still would love to recreate his creamy dill sauce he would pour over freshly grilled salmon...mmmm. One of the many reasons I miss my Dad.

But that just means that when I make fish, there's more for me! I picked up this salmon on my Whole 30 Grocery Trip of Doom--dropped $100 on tons of groceries, a bunch of which have gone bad since Cory isn't doing this diet and won't eat the leftovers and I can't eat them all myself... must re-evaluate next time because I can't do $100 while unemployed again--for only $4! I paid attention to the "wild caught" label, because apparently farm caught is gross.

A typical poached salmon, with a dash of apple cider vinegar instead of wine (even wine for cooking is a no-no on Whole 30), topped with a fresh and spicy pineapple salsa. I paired it with buttered brussels sprouts and was happily full and satisfied.

Poached Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 2 slices pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbs cilantro, diced

-In a shallow pan, bring enough water to just barely cover the salmon to a gentle simmer. Add the apple cider vinegar and gently place the salmon in the water, flesh side down (skin side up). Let simmer for 7 minutes, or until salmon is firm and flakes easily.

-While salmon is cooking, combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir, and salt and pepper to taste.

-Spoon salsa over salmon and serve.


  1. I love that pineapple salsa- salmon always goes so well with something slightly sweet! I've totally been there with the disappointing grocery haul, and always wish I'd thrown more things into the freezer when I had the chance. Good luck on the rest of your eating challenge this month!

  2. Yum! I am not a salmon person (although I do eat other fish), but I definitely need to try this salsa. I bet it would be great on chicken or steak, too--or of course with tortilla chips post Whole30.

  3. It is frustrating to live with people who won't help you eat your leftovers!! The.Boy is usually pretty good about it, but if he decides he doesn't like something, it's tough. I'm sure you'll figure it out for next time. And in the meantime YUM to this salmon and salsa!

  4. i've never had poached fish before, but it looks really good. and that salsa??!? yummm!

  5. I always have a tough time enjoying sweet flavors with fish, but something told me I would enjoy this recipe. And I did! My husband and I will be making this again very soon! So tasty! (Athough we will use white wine, since we are bad, bad people. :-> )