Hemp-crusted Wild Alaskan Salmon, Yuzu-Ginger Glaze (and a call to action!)

Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is pan-seared with hulled hemp seeds, then finished in a hot oven with a sauce of freshly-squeezed yuzu juice, organic tamari and fresh ginger, scallions and shichimi tōgarashi..

Hemp-crusted Wild Alaskan Salmon, Yuzu-Ginger Glaze

Adapted from a recipe by True Food Kitchen

For the Glaze

2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed yuzu juice
1 tablespoon raw palm sugar (to taste, optional)
1 tablespoon yuzu zest
1 tablespoon organic, traditionally fermented tamari
2-3 dashes ume plum vinegar (optional, balance against sugar if using)
1 teaspoon freshly-grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon shichimi togarashi

Put yuzu juice and sugar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a low boil.  Lower heat and simmer until reduced in volume by about a third or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Add remaining ingredients (except scallions and coriander leaves), reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes.

For the Salmon

Fresh wild Alaskan salmon fillets
Hulled hemp seeds to coat
Raw coconut oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Coat salmon fillets with hemp seed then place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.   Heat coconut oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until shimmering, then place hemp-coated salmon in the hot oil, presentation side down.

Sauté until light golden brown then gently turn over and pour yuzu-ginger glaze over the top.  Place pan with salmon in a 400 degree oven and roast until just done, about 8 minutes depending on thickness.

Transfer cooked fish to dinner plates, then add scrape pan juices into the yuzu-ginger glaze, add scallions and coriander leaves, stir and pour back over the salmon.  Serve immediately.

From Red Gold

“The Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska is home to the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world.  Foreign mining companies Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American have partnered to propose development of what could be one of the world’s largest open-pit and underground mines at the headwaters of the two river systems.  Mine backers claim the Pebble exploration site is the second largest combined deposit of copper, gold, and molybdenum ever discovered, and has an estimated value of more than $300 billion.

Despite promises of a clean project by officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has sparked deep concern from Alaskans who love and depend upon Bristol Bay’s incredible wild salmon fishery.  Red Gold documents the growing unrest among Alaska Native, commercial, and sport-fishermen.  It’s a portrait of a unique way of life that will not survive if the salmon don’t return with Bristol Bay’s tide...”

For More Information:

Red Gold Film

Trout Unlimited Alaska

Why Wild

Renewable Resources Coalition


No Dirty Gold

The Pebble Partnership

Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Daily News, Pebble Blog

  • Fighting the Alaskan wilderness mine | Bobby Andrew and George Wilson Jr (guardian.co.uk)
  • The end of the greatest American fishery? (salon.com)
  • Jewelers Choose Salmon Over Gold (food.change.org)

Asian Orange-Fried Pork with Braised Greens

Local, pastured pork cutlets are marinated with sesame oil, ginger, garlic, green onions, fresh oranges and coriander before being quickly fried in chili oil and served over braised greens..

Asian Orange-Fried Pork with Braised Greens

Recipe serves 2

For the Chili Oil

8-10 small dried red chilies
1/3 cup unroasted organic peanut oil
1 1/2 tablespoons unrefined organic sesame oil
1 clove garlic, peeled

Remove stems and seeds from chilies, then  toast in a dry, hot skillet until fragrant, about 30 seconds per side.  Transfer to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into flakes.  Pour into a bowl and set aside.

Heat peanut oil and garlic in a heavy skillet over medium heat just until the 1st wisp of smoke appears.  Remove pan from heat and allow to cool to about 230 degrees.  Pour over pepper flakes and allow to cool 15 minutes.  Stir in sesame oil, cover and allow to stand 2 hours before straining into a clean jar and transferring to the refrigerator for up to a month.

For the Marinade

1 fresh orange, peeled, sectioned, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly-grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon coarsely-ground Szechuan pepper
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2 stalks Louisiana shallots or green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, chopped

2-4 pastured pork cutlets, about 3 oz each

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, taste and adjust to your liking.  Add pork cutlets, toss to cover and refrigerate 4 hours.

To Prepare

Allow the pork to come to near room temperature, then heat a tablespoon of chili oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers.  Remove pork from marinade, brushing away as much of it as you can before slipping it into the hot oil.  Sear about 5 minutes per side, until just cooked through.  Transfer the pork to a side dish, wipe out the pan and add the solids from the marinade bowl.  Fry until softened, about 2 minutes.  Push the fried food aside, tilt the pan and add fresh greens. Braise until wilted, about 30 seconds.

To serve, place wilted greens in the center of a serving plate, place fried pork over the top and dress with the orange mixture.  Serve with red chili sauce if desired.

Dancing Mushroom Shiromiso


Known as the Hen of the Woods mushroom in North America, the Maitake (dancing mushroom) is revered for its anti-cancer properties and ability to regulate the body’s blood pressure and insulin levels.

Here’s a delicious way to load up on minerals, vitamins, protein and amino acids..

Maitake Miso

Dancing Mushroom Shiromiso

If not available locally, whole Maitake mushrooms can be ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs

Whole, dried organic Maitake (grifola frondosa)
Fresh scallions, sliced
White miso paste
Organic spinach powder
Homemade chicken bone broth, vegetable stock or filtered water
Low-sodium tamari
Dried organic celery root
Dried hijiki

Soak dried Maitake in filtered hot (not boiling) water for 20 minutes.  Set re-hydrated mushroom aside to drain.  Reserve soaking liquid.

Drizzle mushroom with clarified butter, sprinkle with pepper and spinach powder and roast in a 350 degree oven until golden brown (about 25 minutes).  The mushroom should be slightly crispy on the edges.

Meanwhile, bring reserved soaking liquid and chicken stock to a rapid boil and cook until reduced in volume by 1/3.

Reduce heat and add tamari (be sure to use traditionally-fermented tamari that doesn’t contain hydrolyzed protein) celery root, scallions and hijiki (a wild brown sea vegetable).  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove broth from heat and stir in white miso paste.

Ladle broth into a bowl or deep plate then place the roasted Maitake on top.

Spicy Asian Noodle Salad (cold)

This quick, light dish of udon noodles, crunchy Napa cabbage and red chili packs a punch..


Cook, rinse, drain and chill udon noodles.  Meanwhile, make a dressing of sesame oil, tamari, chili sauce, peanut butter, mint, ginger, garlic, cilantro and spices such as cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, cardamom and cloves.

Toss noodles with shaved daikon, slivered red bell pepper, scallions and cabbage (all raw).  Dress with the tamari mixture and serve chilled.

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