I love eating wild salmon. It’s less fatty than farmed raised salmon, isn’t fed antibiotics, and it’s healthier because it gets to swim and roam free, eating a wide variety of foods (like shrimp and seaweed) that give them their naturally red and pink color.
Energetically, I love that wild salmon has the strength and ability to swim upstream, against the raging currents and rocks, to spawn. Wow! That’s a powerful creature with some pretty serious energy!
Unfortunately, the wild salmon populations have been contaminated with parasites (Japanese tapeworm). Eek!
If you are like me and enjoy eating wild salmon what the heck are you supposed to do?
Well for starters, don’t eat the wild salmon raw. When you cook the salmon it kills the little critters.
For example if I’m going to go out and eat sushi, I will opt for the farm-raised salmon. It’s a better choice for right now while the wild salmon population is infected.
And, when I cook wild salmon at home, I marinate it with garlic before cooking it. Parasites do NOT like garlic. As an additional safety measure, instead of having the fish medium rare, which is how I normally prefer it, I’ll cook it well. It’s still just as delicious.
Our food will always go through periods of contamination with bacteria and/or parasites. It’s just part of life. But, there are ways you can protect yourself and still get great quality meals.
Below is a recipe to ensure you remain critter free.
If you’re totally grossed out by the parasite/salmon factor, you can swap out the salmon in this recipe and use any other fish you’d like.
- Combine garlic, ginger, mirin, tamari, sesame oil, and water, and pour into the on top of fish.
- Marinate 30-35 minutes on the counter or inside the refrigerator for up to three hours.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a baking tray.
- Place fish onto the parchment paper and bake 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
- Ten minutes per inch of thickness.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.