Do You Like Seafood? SEE? Food!


I gotta tell you – it is COLD up in here! Bone chilling cold. Cold that makes you want to cry when you have to go outside…I’m just saying.

I finally made it to the gym today! I really do have the best intentions of working out during busy times like the holidays, but when the gym is 15 minutes away, and at work, it makes it really hard to get that cardio in. But trust me – the longer you put it off, the harder it is to get back into a routine – so today I marched straight to the gym after work. Treadmill workout stats:

  • 2 minutes @ 3.5
  • 40 minutes @ 6.0
  • 3 minutes @ 3.5
  • Total: 4.3 miles

My old lady knees started to ache a bit near the end, but for the most part it was an easy-going, ease-back-into-it workout. Yes!

I came home and whipped up the easiest and quickest dinner ever – Asian Salmon with Steamed Broccoli!


I started with some fresh salmon that I picked up at Costco this weekend. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – I love getting salmon at Costco. Not so much their scallops or other fish filets since a lot of them are previously frozen, but I’ve never had a bad salmon filet from them!


I made a quick dash of this, sprinkle of that Asian Marinade, which contained:


  • EVOO (un-pictured)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Sesame oil

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I whisked up the marinade and poured it over my filets,


Turned them over, and let them soak up the flavors in the fridge for 15 minutes while I showered.


Next I sautéed the filets in some nonstick spray, skin side down, until I could see that they were cooked half way through. That’s the cool thing about salmon – you can watch the cooking progress by looking at the sides of the filet. It gets light pink as it cooks!


After flipping to the other side, I removed the skins.



When the salmon was fully cooked, I removed it from the skillet and poured in the leftover marinade with a splash of water. After the marinade bubbled away for a couple of minutes and got to a syrup consistency, I drizzled it over the filets and served with some fresh veggies. Voila!


So unbelievable good – and so unbelievably easy!


Those exotic Asian marinade flavors totally permeated the salmon in such a short time, yet didn’t over power the salmon’s natural flavor.


Do you like seafood? SEE? Food! My Girl anyone?



In other news, thanks to my very generous brother-in-law, I am not the proud owner of a CrackBlackBerry Tour!! It was BOGO and he gave me his GO…wasn’t that so nice of him?! So much for unplugging…eek!

Tonight includes some reading while watching the Champs Sports Bowl out of the corner of my eye (GO CANES!) and then watching How the Earth Was Made: The Great Lakes. A nerd’s dream come true. Hallelujah!


What’s your favorite seafood?

I ADORE SCALLOPS! I could eat them all day and night!

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  1. Shrimp is probably my favorite. But salmon is good too!

  2. shandy 12.29.2009

    That salmon looks great! I do love salmon…but I do also love scallops. I’m hard-pressed to decide how I’d choose between the two. Oh and mussels. OK…I just really love seafood.

  3. Molly 12.29.2009

    mmm I love me some salmon. but I think if I were to choose a seafood Id have to say scallops too (unless they taste too fishy) then I’d have to go with chilean sea bass (um YUM!) but clearly that’s once in a blue moon;)

    • Rick 05.28.2011

      ‘love me some salmon’…made me laugh, your funny

  4. Sarah Jayne 12.29.2009

    Ugh getting back in the gym is SO hard!! My gym is an extra 30 min out of my way to/from work. So tough to get motivated. That salmon looks perfection! Love fresh salmon.

  5. Shrimp is my favorite seafood! I also like calamari :)

  6. a 12.29.2009

    seared scallops are my fav.

  7. Yasmin 12.29.2009

    Salmon looks fantastic and it’s my favorite seafood. But how do you prepare your veggies?

  8. Evan Thomas 12.29.2009

    Wild atlantic salmon has to be my favorite. Or fresh caught ahi tuna

  9. Mary Ann 12.29.2009

    I love ling cod and shrimp. I had a bad experience with scallops a few years ago and can no longer eat them! I thought I was biting into a piece of chicken (Chinese restaurant, family style serving) and it was a scallop so it felt like a big gob of chicken fat in my mouth. The texture freaks me out now :(

  10. Mahealani 12.29.2009

    I am very close to reaching my end goal of veganism, but I’m still in transition, and that means I nip a bit of seafood here and there. I adore scallops, pan seared, with just a bit of salt = perfection!

  11. Lee 12.29.2009

    Hmm, I am from MD, so I am partial to blue crabs. But other than that, I really like mussels. And scallops. And shrimp. I could go on.

  12. Lauren 12.29.2009

    Salmon is a true favorite food of mine. I love your method of getting the skin off! I usually fight with the thing and try to cut it off before cooking and usually end up mangling the poor thing. I never thought to take it off after it’s cooked, duh! ;)

    Great motivation for a great workout! :) Hope you are having a great week Kristin!

  13. Lindsay 12.29.2009

    You are absolutely going to love your blackberry!! I can promise you that within a week you will be like your right leg and cannot walk without it!! Also, your fish dish looks delish even though I cannot stomach fish… I am allergic!!

  14. Kim 12.29.2009

    Scallops are by far my favorite seafood as well! My current favorites in the Des Moines area are on the lunch menu at Proof. SO GOOD!

  15. Your salmon looks so tasty! My favorite is scallops. :)

  16. Sarah @ Hoge Runs 12.29.2009

    I love shrimp! I think my favorite fish is sea bass…I had some in San Francisco this summer that was baked in a marinara sauce with kalamata olives, new potatoes and green olives…soo good!! My mouth waters just thinking about it :) Great job getting back in the gym today!

  17. Nicole 12.29.2009

    Your salmon looks WONDERFUL! That combination of spices and oil for your marinade looks amazing! Mmm!

    I LOVE seafood…ALL seafood! My favorite is crab, hands down. But I LOVE salmon, scallops, mussels, shrimp, all other fish…you name it ;)

  18. Leianna 12.29.2009

    I love scallops too, first had them in Spain and now can’t get enough. Wish I knew how to make them so delish though:)

  19. chrysta 12.29.2009

    Looks fantastic!! Its tough to pick a favorite seafood since i love it all! Crab and Shrimp are tied but I do love scallops and all kinds of fish too…Too many to pick just one!

  20. Nate 12.30.2009

    Kristen, have you had the Scallops St. Jacques at Django? They are rich and sinful, like a once-a-year treat, but oh so good!

  21. Penny 12.30.2009

    I am always so impressed by the food on your blog.

  22. Jessica 12.30.2009

    Your dish looks so tasty. Good work!

    My favorite seafood is definitely Chilean Sea Bass. So flaky and buttery and light. Perfection!

  23. Melinda 12.30.2009

    That salmon looks great. That’s one of my fave dishes…slamon and broc.

  24. Allison 12.30.2009

    That Marinade looks fantastic! I know you said a “dash and sprinkle” of all the ingredients. but could you tell me a little more about the measurements? Is it equal parts soy sauce and evoo? or equal parts with all the liquid ingredients and then dashes of all the dry ingredients? Thanks so much, I hope I can figure out this marinade bc it looks excellent!

  25. Carrie 12.30.2009

    I think I enjoy RAW salmon more than cooked, but that marinade looks yummy and I have most of the ingredients.

    Also, I had to root for Wisconsin last night. Go Big 10! And Miami beat Georgia Tech and Wisconsin beat Miami and Iowa beat Wisconsin… so, yeah, gives me some more hope for the Orange Bowl game.

  26. Emily 12.30.2009

    I also agree that salmon at Costco is the absolute best! I don’t know what it is, but now when I buy salmon anywhere else, I am disappointed because it can’t compare.

  27. “Your salmon looks so tasty! My favorite is scallops.

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