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Three Cooks One Kitchen: A Fish Fiesta

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So this happened on Saturday…

3c1k salmon 9Yyyup.  I got all crazy and ate fish again!

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I think when I announced I was eating fish again, Erin and Joanna might have been a bit secretly excited.  The majority of our Three Cooks One Kitchen posts have been easily “veggified” for my diet, but it sure was nice to all be able to cook ONE meal and eat it together.

3c1k salmon 6After I announced my return to seafood consumption, Erin came up with a great idea to have our next 3C1K post be centered around fish!  Erin has been trying to incorporate fish into her diet more, and Joanna stated that she did not have a ton of experience cooking fish (I can raise my hand for this one, too).  Because none of us claim to be professionals when it comes to cooking fish, I took to my “bookmarked” recipes and found us a simple recipe to try.  Now that I am pretty new to fish, I think seafood recipes appear in my Google searches more than any other type of food!

3c1k salmon 10I sent them a couple of links, and we all instantly decided on this recipe for Simple Taco Spice Rubbed Salmon.  We loved the simplicity of the recipe.  Plus, who can say no to anything seasoned like a taco?  Of course it would not have been dinner without a main and a side.  We selected this recipe for Zucchini with Tomatoes and Corn to accompany our salmon.  I like to say that we turned it into a bit of a fish fiesta!

3c1k fish fiesta food prepAfter Joanna and I arrived at Erin’s, we spent a good 30 minutes chit-chatting before we did anything cooking-related.  That always seems to happen when the three of us get together 😉  But then we got hungry and figured we should probably get to work on chopping up the veggies and garlic for the side dish!

3c1k fish fiesta food prep 2The chopping was the most “difficult” part.  I say “difficult” because this was seriously one of the easiest side dishes to throw together.  Not only was it simple, but it was healthy and delicious.  Joanna brought fresh sweet corn from her freezer, which we thawed out and added to the mix.  Canned corn is great and all, but I definitely think the local sweet corn made it even better.

3c1k fish hannah 3Then it was fish prepping time!  This picture kind of cracks me up for two reasons: 1) I still cannot get used to the fact that I can now not only eat fish, but actually touch and prepare it; and 2) Despite my new willingness to try fish, I could not get on board with leaving the skin on.  It creeped me out!  I removed the skin from Joanna’s filet, too, because apparently I was not the only one who wasn’t a fan.

3c1k salmon 2Joanna measured out the seasonings for the rub, and I patted down the salmon filets with plenty of spicy flavor.  This was only my second time preparing salmon, but I have to say that it was so easy to make.  I am now convinced that baked salmon is the perfect dish for seafood newbies.

3c1k salmon 3We did not do the greatest job of managing our time <– again, the talking was probably at fault.  Our salmon filets looked like this when our side dish was already finished.  We kept the side heated on low and baked the salmon for about 35 minutes.

3c1k salmon 4Once the salmon was cooked through and the side dish was (more than) ready, we loaded up our plates.  Seriously, how pretty does everything look?  It was a true fish fiesta!

3c1k salmon 10I was so pleased with how the salmon turned out.  I felt like it was perfectly cooked (remember, I don’t know much about seafood), I loved the spice rub, and it was incredibly filling.  The whole situation is really quite funny because I am the newbie seafood eater, yet I was the one who enjoyed the salmon the most.  Crazier things have happened, I suppose!

3c1k girls 2We could not end the night without a picture of the three chefs.  Thank goodness for Erin’s husband, Josh, arriving home from his movie before we left.  Lord knows that neither of us knew how to work the timers on our cameras!

Check out the other two cooks’ posts here:

Erin’s Three Cooks One Kitchen post
Joanna’s Three Cooks One Kitchen post

Have you tried spicy, Mexican-flavored salmon before?  I happen to be a huge fan!

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  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 29, 2015, 6:31 am
    i really enjoy your three cooks series..keep it coming :) sorry about the broken link earlier here is a new one if you interested - garlic sriracha salmon. http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com/2015/01/garlic-sriracha-salmon.html Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted...Cauliflower, Leek and Cheddar SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 12:46 pm
      Thanks for sharing that, Dixya! It sounds amazing! I am a sucker for anything sriracha ;)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 29, 2015, 7:52 am
    Woohoo! Salmon! Way to go my friend! XOXO
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 12:46 pm
      I am REALLY starting to get used to cooking it and have been loving it... which is nice :)
  • AJ @ NutriFitMama January 29, 2015, 9:26 am
    I have never tried Mexican-flavored Salmon/Fish before. Sounds interesting! I am a vegetarian but I actually had fish last night too! I had sushi for date night with the hubby... it was soo good. I've been totally craving it lately! AJ @ NutriFitMama recently posted...Red Velvet Cake Truffles Recipe {Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 12:48 pm
      Oh you should definitely try a spicy salmon. It is REALLY good, especially if you enjoy spicy food. This particular recipe is not over spicy either, so pretty much anybody should enjoy it if they like salmon!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog January 29, 2015, 10:59 am
    I've never tried spicy salmon before. I usually keep it boring with salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon, but this looks amazing! Not only is my husband not bothered by salmon skin, he happily eats and says it's is favorite part. EEEEWWWWW! I can't stand it. It shouldn't be any different than eating chicken skin, but I just can't do it. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog recently posted...Revisiting Eating HabitsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 12:49 pm
      Oh my gosh... that is honestly creepy. I cannot imagine eating it, much less leaving it on there!! ;)
  • Farrah January 29, 2015, 12:03 pm
    I adore salmon, but haven't ever tried it with Mexican spices! Thank you for the idea! :D Fish is the only type of seafood that I eat! <3 (I hate dealing with the skin too though!) I don't know your thoughts on raw fish, but my favorite form of it = sushi/sashimi. http://www.fairyburger.com/salmon-avocado-sushi/ Farrah recently posted...The Art of Crushing Spirits, FlippedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 12:53 pm
      I have never tried sushi, and honestly the idea of eating raw fish kind of creeps me out. I think I am still getting used to the idea of eating any fish at all. Maybe I'll get brave and try sushi one of these days ;)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies January 29, 2015, 12:07 pm
    Taco seasonings makes everything a hit! I don't have a recipe written down, but I love salmon rubbed with a little bit of taco seasoning and then grilled or baked with salsa piled on top. It's SUPER tasty and flakes amazingly for tacos. I haven't made it in a long time, but Josh still asks for it regularly. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Smokey Almond and Cream Cheese SnacksMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 1:18 pm
      That sounds SO good!! I hadn't thought to use it to make tacos, but that obviously seems like a no-brainer now. I'll have to try it out :)
  • Dana | fresh simple five January 29, 2015, 12:56 pm
    I love salmon especially because there are so many different ways to season it! I've never thought about doing a taco/Mexican seasoning -- sounds tasty. Some of my favorite combos are garlic/dill/lemon, cajun and topped with mango salsa. Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 1:44 pm
      Ooooo, great idea to add mango salsa! That sounds fantastic!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul January 29, 2015, 2:23 pm
    I loved that taco rub! Great find on the recipe! It was another successful month! :D Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Three Cooks One Kitchen: Spice-rubbed SalmonMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 3:47 pm
      It seriously was, which was slightly surprising considering we didn't really know what we were doing ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes January 29, 2015, 3:03 pm
    Yeah for trying new things!! And I always freeze extra sweet corn in the summer so I can eat the good stuff during the winter! Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted...It Starts With Food {book review}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 3:58 pm
      I have never done that, but next summer I will definitely be freezing some. It is SO much better than canned corn!
  • Jamie January 29, 2015, 4:10 pm
    This sounds great...I love salmon and it looks delicious! Jamie recently posted...Personalized Magnet TutorialMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 4:58 pm
      Thanks Jamie! It REALLY was so good. You should definitely give it a try if you are looking for an easy and tasty dinner.
  • Ashley January 29, 2015, 6:53 pm
    I love that you guys do this! It looks like just so much fun! And what a good looking dinner you all whipped up :) Ashley recently posted...The Little Things – January 2015My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 8:46 pm
      We have SO much fun doing it each month. We also love to challenge ourselves to make and try new things!
  • Angela January 29, 2015, 7:23 pm
    I think it's always exciting to introduce a food back into your diet. When I decided to eat chicken again I was basically like 'eat ALL the chicken' he he.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 29, 2015, 8:50 pm
      It definitely gets the creative juices flowing! I get super excited now when I see fish recipes on other peoples' blogs! ;)
  • GiGi Eats January 29, 2015, 10:10 pm
    You are lucky I wasn't there - I would have eaten all three of those fillets when you 3 weren't looking! ;) GiGi Eats recently posted...Lil Wayne’s Sundae Breakfast, Wink, Wink!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 30, 2015, 8:35 am
      Haha!! Well we would have gladly made you one of your own! ;)
  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 30, 2015, 7:30 am
    You are my hero for cutting off the skin! I didn't know people actually ate it. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Looking Back: January 2015 Goals UpdateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 30, 2015, 8:39 am
      I know, right? It's creeeepy!! :/
  • Jen@jpabstfitness January 30, 2015, 1:47 pm
    Not a fish fan- but this almost has me convinced to give it a try! Jen@jpabstfitness recently posted...Friday Fitness {2}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 30, 2015, 2:53 pm
      You should definitely try it. It's SO easy to make and I really enjoyed it :)

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