Wild Salmon with Minty Yogurt Sauce

Wild Salmon with Minty Yogurt Sauce



I figured since I just visited Sitka, Alaska on a Culinary Seafood Retreat it makes sense to post a salmon recipe! Whenever I am asked the questions “What is your favorite food?” or “What would be your last meal?” (Quite frankly I don’t want to think about a meal being my last……..)

You know what my answer always is? Salmon. Really it is. Pretty pink, sustainably raised, wild salmon.

Simply grilled or pan seared is perfect. Lightly sauced with a huge helping of veggies ~ enlightenment found. (By the way, a lot to follow on the trip to Sitka, I just need to go through my heaps of photos!)


Not only is salmon the king of fish for me because of it’s amazing flavor. After I enjoy it my mood elevates immensely.

Does salmon make you feel extra happy when you eat it? I do believe that all of those healthy Omega-3 fish oils are mood enhancing. Not to mention they work wonders on the skin and hair.

Some folks say that they don’t like salmon because it tastes too “fishy.” If this is the case for you I suggest you find a fish monger that can get you the freshest, wild catch possible. Your salmon experience should end up blissful if you do this. There is nothing like super fresh fish.


For a little twist (and because I love sauces) I whipped up a minty yogurt sauce.

It compliments the salmon perfectly and is also super good for ya!


By the way, here is a glimpse of beautiful Sitka, Alaska. I have roughly 1000 photos to sort through. Quite the travel library.

It was very overcast the duration of the trip. We had a brief bursts of sun and the colors were glorious!


Do you like salmon caviar? I love it’s fishy flavor, either you love it or leave it. Your choice.

It adds a little something special if you are entertaining guests.


Serve over a cushy bed of rainbow quinoa. Or any colored quinoa. Or rice, pasta, etc…

This would be a lovely dish served at an al fresco dinner party, wedding, shower ~ or any time you like.

Salmon-Mint-Sauce-Marla-Meridith MarlaMeridith.com

This simple sautéed salmon is quick enough to serve for a casual at home lunch or dinner. Make yourself feel extra special and pack up leftovers in your lunchbox.

I love recipes that are this simple to prepare, but pass the test for a gourmet feast.


How do you like to cook up salmon? Feel free to share links to your favorite recipes below…

I am always up for new ways to cook my favorite fish!


Wild Salmon with Minty Yogurt Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Wild Salmon with Minty Yogurt Sauce


  • 1/2 cup dry Quinoa
  • 3/4 pound fresh Wild Alaskan Salmon Steaks, cut in 1/2
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 6 ounces plain Greek Yogurt (fat free or low fat)
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • handful of fresh Mint Leaves, remove stems and chop
  • Olive Oil
  • a few spoonfuls Salmon Roe (Ikura)


  • Cook according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and toss with some olive oil, chopped mint, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Perfectly Sautéed Salmon
  • Coat a iron skillet with some olive oil, heat over a medium high flame. Season salmon on both sides with garlic salt and black pepper. Heat for about 3 minutes skin side up until the salmon is is nicely golden brown. Flip and cook few minutes until fish is done to your liking and flakes easily with a fork. The skin should be browned and crispy.
  • Mint Sauce
  • In a blender or food processor purée yogurt, mint and lemon juice until you have a sauce. Season to taste with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Serving Suggestions
  • Serve salmon over a bed of quinoa with a dollop of mint sauce and a spoonful of Salmon Caviar.
  • Notes
  • I love a crispy outside and lightly cooked pink center when it comes to salmon. It should flake perfectly with a fork. Remember once you remove your salmon from the heat it will continue to cook through. I would rather take mine off the heat a bit early than too late.

Salmon Recipe Links

Disclosure: The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) hosted me on a spectacular culinary retreat. All thoughts, opinions and views are my own. 

40 Responses to Wild Salmon with Minty Yogurt Sauce

  1. A beautiful recipe! Unfortunately, it’ll be without the salmon eggs for me as I’m not keen on them… ;-P

    That sitka shot is splendid!



  2. I LOVE salmon. We try and eat it at least once a week. And it’s so good for you, too! Win, win. However, I cannot get past salmon roe. The texture of those eggs bursting when you eat them totally grosses me out!

    The minty yogurt, is an interesting twist to change it up. Good idea!

  3. That salmon caviar looks pretty special – how fun! Wow! My hubs would LOVE LOVE this meal! And I love the photos, the styling, the plates and white wood surface – so beautiful and with fish or any protein, time is a’ tickin’ when you go to shoot it. No dilly dallying! GREAT work!

  4. The Salmon looks beautiful besides delicious!!! 😀

    BTW I am hosting a gala dinner extravaganza, a fabulous linky party for all. It’s going to go on for the entire weekend. You can post anything – appetizers, drinks, soups, stews, desserts, finger foods – anything that takes your fancy. You can also post party decor or other party related ideas.
    Please come and join the party and help me make it a success.

  5. This salmon looks absolutely delicious! My sister lived in Sitka for a summer a few years ago and I’ve always wanted to go. Your picture makes the urge that much stronger!

  6. This is a beautiful recipe Marla made all the more so by your photos! I feel salmon is usually one of the less ‘fishy fish’ so your advice about sourcing is great. I have loved tracing your trip via Instagram, especially the shots with all of you on the boats with ‘full gear’. Very ‘Deadliest Catch’. Can’t wait to see more of your pics!

  7. Marla,

    I love Salmon! It makes me happy after I eat it too. I thought that was just me.

    We are going to be in CA October 12-19th. Jill is having a post “justice of the peace legal ceremony” reception thing. ???

    We would all love to see you and the family if you are around that week!

    xxoo, Andrea

    • Yay!!! This is so exciting! Andrea, we should all be here and can’t wait to see you guys. We will set aside that weekend and as much FUN as we can have with you! XO

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