It’s no secret that I love wild game –field-to-table is basically my love language, but I also love serving up fish to mix-up our meals. When we aren’t eating moose, elk or deer, salmon is my go-to protein for dinner because it’s full of healthy nutrients and it’s a family favorite, but I rarely go salmon fishing so it’s nearly impossible for me to personally source. When I found out Butcherbox includes WILD salmon (not farmed… score!) in their shipments of sustainably sourced meat, I ordered it right away. As much as I love going “shopping” for my meat in the wild, it’s not always the most feasible thing and even the fullest of freezers need extra variety every now and then!
I know a lot of my readers love to hunt and fish, so if you provide 100% of the meat that you eat year-round, that is AWESOME!! But I also know a lot of people don’t have the ability to do that, but still want to know that they’re eating the best protein possible (which is the category I fall into.) For the record, I fully support sustainable farming practices and farmers and there are so many incredible farms out there, but like any other industry, some of them aren’t so great: so it just comes down to doing some research to find which ones are the best. I get a lot of DMs asking me where I get my meat from that I don’t hunt, so here’s the answer. I found Butcherbox a couple years ago and it has been super helpful in making the busiest days seem less crazy, because it’s a subscription box that comes straight to my door and delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free range organic chicken, and wild salmon (among other things) every month in eco-friendly packaging. We order mostly fish and chicken from Butcherbox but also add-in the odd beef steaks (their filets are AMAZING) when we feel like something new! They’re kind of like a neighborhood butcher that guarantees the best meat that’s all sustainably sourced, without having to leave your house. I included a link for 2lbs of free salmon at the end of this blog!
We grill salmon on the Traeger at least once a week because it’s SO versatile. We usually grill it, but you could also smoke it to add to an amazing brunch alongside a simple charcuterie board–the options are endless!! This is the recipe I almost always use because it’s SO quick and tastes amazing. From start-to-finish, it takes 15 minutes. To complete the meal, I’ll pierce a few sweet potatoes and let them bake at 400 degrees for an hour+ while we’re hanging out and throw a quick side salad together or put some asparagus on the grill with the salmon and BOOM! Dinner is served!
- 1 large fillet of Wild Alaskan Salmon
- Rub this Fin & Feather Rub generously on the salmon fillet
- Sprinkle a few tbsps of brown sugar over the salmon and press it gently onto the meat
- Preheat Traeger (or oven) to 450 degrees
- Place salmon directly on grill grate skin down for 8-10 minutes for medium-well.
- Note: if using an oven, bake in a glass dish and cooking times may vary slightly.
- Remove from grill and sprinkle lemon slices and fresh herbs if desired.
It’s so nice to have those delicious tried-and-true recipes that you know will be a hit after a busy day: and it seems like alllll of our days lately have been busy days! The best thing for me as the mama and chef in our house is knowing where our meat comes from, and that I am able to give my family deliciously hormone-free, ethically raised, sustainable meats–even when it wasn’t one of us who harvested it. This salmon from Butcherbox tastes amazing, and it gives me so much hope for sustainable food and farming making a biggggg comeback! I am also SO excited to share that you get 2 lbs of free salmon when you follow this link to order from Butcherbox–which you’re going to want to do, STAT.
Let me know what you think of the recipe! Do you have any easy recipes to share? I’m all-ears for anything that will make my healthy dinners quicker and easier!
Photo credit to the definition of #foodgoals: Traeger Grills.