LifeWise Kitchen: Cocoa Salmon

Lifewise Kitchen Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Written by

Welcome to LifeWise Kitchen! We’ve teamed up with Bastyr UniversityGuckenheimer, and Northwest chefs and nutritionists to provide you with healthy and delicious recipes all year long. Check out our latest post — a heart healthy sustainable seafood recipe from Guckenheimer — in the LifeWise Kitchen series below.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to have access to plenty of fresh, sustainable seafood. Take advantage of the peak of salmon season with this unique recipe for Cocoa Salmon. Pick your favorite type — Chinook, Coho or Sockeye — then serve it over a bed of salad greens with a light vinaigrette for a heart-healthy, delicious meal rich in omega-3’s, protein and amino acids.

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Cocoa Salmon

Makes approximately four 5-ounce servings.


  • Four 5-ounce salmon fillets (1 per person)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Skin the salmon fillet if needed, and remove the pin bones.
  2. Cut the salmon into four 5-ounce portions.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the salt, paprika and cocoa powder.
  4. Coat both sides of salmon with the dry ingredients, and store it in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours before cooking.
  5. On medium high heat, grill the salmon until cooked through to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, 2 to 4 minutes per side.
  6. Transfer to a plate and serve!


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