Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon
Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon was the perfect choice for dinner tonight. I’m trying to prepare salmon at least twice weekly since reading about a study highlighted in an earlier post indicating the health benefits of such for those of us with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This recipe calls for turmeric, a spice with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, providing a healthy bonus!
Living with RA has turned me into a minimalist by necessity. Fatigue is a significant factor in my daily lifestyle calculus. With a full enough schedule today I needed a tasty, yet quick, way to prepare the salmon. Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon is just that.
Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon
- 12-ounce filet of wild Alaskan salmon
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Black pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Lightly coat a baking dish with EVOO. Combine thyme and turmeric together and put evenly on salmon filet. Place filet in baking dish skin side down. Slice the lemon, then half the slice and place on top of the coated filet. Divide the butter into 3 pieces and place on top of the filet. Bake until thickest part of filet is fully cooked, about 15 minutes. Squeeze remaining lemon juice over filet and add black pepper to taste and ENJOY!
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and a strong antioxidant. It is a bioactive substance that targets the inflammation at the molecular level.
Several studies have recently shown turmeric (curcumin) not only has anti-inflammatory properties but modifies the immune system response. Turmeric (curcumin) blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes.
Most of the studies use the turmeric extract that is standardized to include large amounts of curcumin. The large amount would be difficult to reach using the amount used as a spice in our food. I still aim to use anti-inflammatory herbs and spices in my cooking even though the amount of active ingredient isn’t as much as was used in the studies. I figure I’m still getting benefits.
This thinking is in line with my personal philosophy that in addition to my medications I have made lifestyle changes to help my body fight the inflammatory assault of my RA. Each of the changes by themselves may not make a difference, but the sum total of them I believe has made a huge difference in how well managed my disease is. That is where my FRESH strategy came from!
Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream so it helps to ingest black pepper, which contains peperine to increase the absorption with it. Curcumin is fat soluble, so it is a good thing the recipe has the fatty fish, (good fat, of course) EVOO and butter!
The curcumin is a blood thinner, so keep that in mind if you take warfarin.
Someone may offer you a freshly caught whole large fish, like a salmon or striped bass. Don’t panic-take it! Julia Child
Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon is a fabulous menu choice for us arthritics because of the health benefits of the salmon and turmeric. It is also a great choice because it is quick and easy to prepare. I don’t know about you but since my RA diagnosis, my energy level dwindles by the afternoon. I need healthy and fast go-to recipes anytime but especially for dinner towards the end of the day!
The next time I prepare Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon, I will double the amount of butter used. It tasted fantastic, but I think it would be over-the-top with a little more butter! Just a little side note there!
Lemon Thyme Turmeric Salmon is a recipe that uses Arthritis Wisdom!
What healthy and quick recipes would you like to share? We would love to try them!