Natalie’s favorite anti-inflammatory salmon recipes

Natalie’s favorite anti-inflammatory salmon recipes
Firing up the grill is one way I love to get creative with my cooking — especially during the summer. There is nothing better than a cookout with family, friends and of course, a delightful meal to share.

When I was living with chronic back pain, fun things, like grilling or golfing on the LPGA tour, used to be difficult for me. Since my surgery at Laser Spine Institute, I’m back to my active lifestyle with an anti-inflammatory diet that supports my spine health. One of my cooking secrets? Fresh salmon. Salmon is packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3s, which makes it a great component of my dishes like these:

Salmon kebabs:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons liquid amino
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free tequila lime seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet (preferably wild), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 peppers chopped into 2-inch cubes (pick your favorite color!)
  • 2 lemons, sliced into very thin rounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Special equipment: 16 bamboo skewers

Salmon kebab directions:

  1. Prepare grill on medium heat.
  2. Mix oregano, oil, seasoning, cumin, liquid amino and cayenne pepper in an 8×10 bag to marinate one hour before cooking.
  3. Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon pieces and pepper slices onto eight pairs of parallel skewers to make eight kebabs total.
  4. Brush kebabs with oil and season with reserved spice mixture. Add extra tequila lime seasoning, if desired.
  5. Grill the kebabs 5–10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Salmon burgers:

  • 2 pounds of center-cut salmon fillet with skin and bones removed (You can substitute salmon with your favorite beef or turkey recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite salt-free seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons salt-free lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (or gluten free breadcrumbs if you prefer)

Salmon burger directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Form mixture into patties.
  2. Place patties in the fridge — on a grilling or baking sheet — 15 minutes before grilling.
  3. Add a slice of jalapeño to top of each patty.
  4. Grill or pan fry the patties for 4–5 minutes on each side.
  5. If you desire a burger bun, try a whole-grain bun to avoid white bread — a big culprit of inflammation due to increased sugar and less fiber.

While anti-inflammatory meals can help promote a healthy spine, chronic neck or back pain should be evaluated by a medical professional. The experts at Laser Spine Institute were the first doctors in six years that were able to properly diagnose my back condition. I encourage you to reach out to them if you’re living in pain — Laser Spine Institute saved my career and overall quality of life.

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