If you read my post about why and how to choose fish wisely, then you know that I think wild Alaskan salmon is a great choice for those who eat fish.

I generally gravitate toward Asian flavors when I make salmon- and I typically utilize the broiler or grill- so when I spied the recipe for Seared Wild Salmon with Brown Butter Cucumbers in Melissa Clark’s fabulous Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make, I thought it sounded like a nice change of pace. Plus how can you go wrong with a healthy dinner recipe that’s ready in under 15 minutes?

seared wild salmon

You’re not still afraid to eat or cook with butter, are you? Butter is a natural fat, and using it for cooking helps you better absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in your food (like vitamins A and D). Buy organic butter made from the cream of pastured cows if you can, but know that using even non-organic /non-pastured butter is far better than cooking with vegetable oils. While olive oil and coconut oil would certainly be healthy options in this recipe, butter is a classic pairing with fish, and for good reason: it tastes great.

Melissa’s recipe calls for 2 salmon fillets, but I only had 1 on hand. When served over brown rice along with a salad, I found this to be plenty of food for 2 people who weren’t starving.

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    LiztheChef — July 26, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Dear Winnie, late to comment as we are packing for Alaska. I love everything about this post. Will try in August.

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    Winnie — July 26, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Hardly late! I just posted this 5 minutes ago. Have a great time…can’t wait to see pics of Alaska!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 26, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Gorgeous dish! Butter is always a must with seafood :).

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    Winnie — July 26, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Absolutely :)

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — July 26, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    This dish looks really yummy. I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten cooked/hot cucumbers…. I am trying to think of a time and I can’t. I don’t know why! I will have to try it.

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    Winnie — July 26, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    I’d never cooked them before either…but I liked them a lot! I hope you give the recipe a try ;)

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    Becca — July 26, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    Hmm, are cooked cucumbers like zucchini? I have all these ingredients on hand, so maybe I should give this a try (but honestly I am a bit skeptical about the cooked cucs!).

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    Jayne — July 31, 2012 @ 4:29 am

    This sounds fabulous, I cant wait to try it!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 31, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Winnie this is so pretty! I don’t eat fish but this post makes me want too…it sounds delicious!

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    Stephanie O — July 31, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Hi, looks yummy. Am I allowed to pin the pictures from this website to pinterest? Thanks

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    Alaine — August 1, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Yummy!! This sounds so great. My taste buds will certainly appreciate this one :)

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    love cooking — August 3, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Wow…this is fantastic. I like it. Maybe I will crack 1 or 2 eggs into it and try to leave out the corn if I am going to serve it with pasta or rice, or it will be too much for me. :)