Ad
Get special offers, recipes, health news, PLUS our FREE seafood cooking guide!
Got it, thanks! Click here for your FREE seafood cooking guide & recipes e-booklet.

In the Kitchen with Vital Choice

Recipes • Seafood How-To Videos • Recipe Videos • Storage & Cooking Tips

Chef Recipe Videos

Vital Choice at Home: Sunday Night Sockeye, No Recipes Required


Vital Choice at Home: Sunday Night Sockeye, No Recipes RequiredWelcome to our new culinary adventure, Vital Choice at Home!

 
This new series will feature me – Michelle, a writer and soccer mom from the Rocky Mountains – my husband and two kids, some beautiful Vital Choice seafood and lots of regular home cooking.
 
Like you, I have a passion for beautiful-yet-healthy food that's easy to prepare.
 
While I do love making the occasional “fancy” dinner, most of the time I'm short on time and have a house full of hungry people who want to eat NOW.
 
I'm not a professional chef – just a busy mom who loves to cook and who's focused on that intersection of healthy and delicious. 
 
I want this series to feature the products and preparations you're curious about.
 
Please help me make this series valuable to you ! Have a suggestion? Question? Recipe you want me to test?
 
Send your questions or suggestions to athome@vitalchoice.com, or post them on the Vital Choice Facebook page
 
Michelle Lee is a writer and avid home chef, with 20 years of experience focusing on healthy lifestyle, diet and the home kitchen.
When not playing around with words, she loves to cook, spend time with her two children, play cribbage with her husband, and tackle The New York Times crossword puzzle.
 

 
Sunday Night Sockeye
... No Recipes Required
by Michelle Lee
 
For my first experience with Vital Choice seafood, I made a completely recipe-free dinner.
 
It was Sunday night, we were starving and I was down to a few items in the fridge and pantry from my organic farm share.
 
If you're like me, I like to have a nutritious dinner on Sunday nights to prepare for the busy week ahead, but I don't want to bother with complicated preparations.
 
Digging through the kitchen, I found a bunch of organic Swiss chard and a beautiful delicata squash. Perfect! 
 
To round out the meal, I placed a few packaged portions of boneless, skin-on sockeye salmon in the sink in some cold water for a quick thaw.
 
As they softened, I halved and scraped the seeds out of the delicata squash, then sliced it into ½ inch half-moons. After tossing the squash in a little olive oil, salt and pepper, I roasted it for 20 minutes to buttery perfection.
 
While the salmon grilled, I separated the chard leaves from the stems and chopped the stems. I sautéed these red beauties with a minced clove of garlic and a dash of red pepper flakes in olive oil for about 4 minutes, then added the roughly chopped leaves to wilt. Just before serving, I splashed on a bit of red wine vinegar. So gorgeous, so delicious!
 
This was the first time I'd grilled sockeye salmon – it's so rich and flavorful, I prepared it without a single rub, marinade or sauce. Just a little salt and pepper on a medium-high grill that had been brushed with olive oil.
 
Having read countless suggestions online, we experimented by grilling each piece skin-side down, one for 6 minutes, one for 8.
 
We didn't turn or move the salmon at all as it grilled. Once the white protein started to show on the surface, we knew it was done. Off it came to rest.
 
The 8-minute salmon slid beautifully off the skin for serving. The 6-minute salmon was not quite as easy to de-skin, but still looked great on the plate.
 
After family taste-testing each piece, we all agreed: the texture of the 8-minute salmon was firm and flaky while still moist, but the 6-minute salmon was just a little bit more flavorful. So, next time, 7 minutes on medium-high should be perfection.
 
While there's much more you could do with the salmon, it was incredibly flavorful, even without a marinade or rub. (I do love Vital Choice's organic salmon marinade/rub mix.)
 
Wild-caught sockeye is so rich in flavor, and the quality of Vital Choice sockeye is so superior, that it was really incredible “naked.”
 
Next time I serve sockeye, I'll do something more dynamic with it. However, I can say that our recipe-free Sunday night supper was colorful, flavorful, healthy and, maybe best of all, fast and easy. 
 
 p.s. I've been on a weight loss journey for the past six months, so I always have some focus on the calorie content of these meals. My rough calculation for this meal as prepared and shown is about 400 calories. In my book, perfect! 
Check out these customer favorites

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
I would not buy my fish from anywhere but Vital Choice…I’m so happy to have a source for great tasting, healthy fish.
quote-icon
WHAT HEALTH & NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Vitalchoice.com is my favorite source for wild Alaskan salmon, sablefish, sardines, and other fish rich in omega-3s... I can't tell you how many messages I get from people thanking me for recommending Vital Choice.
quote-icon
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Simply put Vital Choice offers the best seafood and related products available. We have always recommended Vital Choice to clients, friends, and family. As health practitioners we value the sustainable practices and trust this company implicitly!
quote-icon
WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING:

quote-icon We’ve done the work for you to find the healthiest meat products on the market. quote-icon

WHAT HEALTH & NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Unlike anything you've seen from the grocery store…I recommend Vital Choice—my personal favorite for delicious, fresh, healthy, and completely safe canned tuna and salmon.
quote-icon
WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING:
quote-icon
Vital Box captures the fresh-caught quality of succulent, sustainably harvested Alaskan salmon and northwest Pacific seafood by cleaning and flash-freezing it within hours of harvest.
quote-icon
WHAT HEALTH & NUTRITION EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
I love the stellar quality of Vital Choice salmon! I've been recommending Vital Choice Seafood for many years now.
quote-icon
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
quote-icon
Vital choice has never disappointed. Love every item I get... since eating your food, my hair, skin, and energy revitalized from clean fish and meats… it’s ALL great. Never a problem with the food arriving in great condition.
quote-icon
WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING:

quote-icon The Best Places To Buy Seafood Online, Including Fresh And Frozen Fish quote-icon 

Find out what others are saying about Vital Choice Ad