Salmon can be found in salt water and also in fresh water, as well. There are several species of salmon, such as the pink, coho, sockeye, Atlantic, and chinook. Not only salmon is tasty but it also has a lot of health benefits.
Health benefits of Salmon
One of the most essential fatty acids is omega-3 fatty acids. Our bodies cannot produce them so we have to intake them from vitamins and food in order to supply the nutrients. Omega-3 reduces the risk of heart disease, promotes healthy skin and joints, and aids in neurological development in unborn children.
In a just 4-ounce serving of salmon, there is up to 58% of the daily required intake of protein. Salmon has essential amino acids that help maintain muscle tissue mass and promote growth. In addition, the protein found in salmon helps your body to maintain metabolism at levels to promote the loss of excess weight. Also, salmon contains some essential vitamins which are needed for a healthy lifestyle.
A 3-ounce fillet will give you over 30% of your daily intake of niacin, over 40% of vitamin B-12, more than 10% of thiamin and pantothenic acid, and over 25% of vitamin B-6. Vitamin D may help decrease your risk of certain types of cancer and developing multiple sclerosis, and also promotes healthy teeth and bones. A 3-ounce serving of salmon gives you roughly 50% of your recommended intake of selenium, which may fight mental decline that comes with age, heart disease, thyroid disease and cancer.
Traditionally, Chinese cooks steam fish with scallions and ginger, which may mollify the flavor of the fish. However, you can steam salmon with the addition of refreshing lemon. Whether you are steaming lobster, scallops or shrimp, you can use the same method, but omit the soy sauce. The salmon is extremely healthful. It’s full of vitamin A, omega fatty acids, and protein that are essential to the proper functioning of the brain and heart as well.
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 4 slices ginger
- 2 scallions, cut into 4-inch pieces
- 1 lemon
- 2 (1-pound) salmon fillets
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- First, thoroughly rinse the salmon in cold water and dry it.
- Now, take a 9-inch shallow heatproof bowl and put the fillets in it. Drizzle the pepper, salt and soy sauce over the salmon. Sprinkle with the ginger and scallions.
- Now, cut the lemon in half crosswise and cut one-half again in 4 slices. Put those slices on the fish and drizzle the remaining lemon over the fish.
- Now, take a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok and put in it a 1-inch-high steamer rack.
- Fill the three-quarters with water and put it to boil over high heat. Next, slowly put the bowl on the rack and over it. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes.
- By poking the thickest party with a fork or chopstick test the fish for doneness. The fish should flake. It that doesn't happen, steam for additional 1 to 2 minutes or until the fish just flakes. Also, make sure to check the water level often and replenish it if it's necessary with boiling water.
- Now, slowly remove the bowl from the wok.
- Take sesame oil and drizzle it over the fillets.