Smoked wild king salmon with mango salsa


Author: AdminPublished: 11 November 2015

Parkinson's LifePrep: 30 minsParkinson's LifeCook: 10-30 minsParkinson's LifeServes: 4


Salmon grilled beside coals with smoking wood chips give the most delicate taste sensation. And this recipe is designed with leftovers in mind – so that extra effort won’t go to waste


  • 1-3 pound salmon filet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Zest of whole lemon
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

For mango salsa

  • Ripe mango (or three fresh peaches), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger root, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp red onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar


To grill, use a chimney to start the charcoal – not starter fluid! One 3-inch chunk of light fruit-wood – pear, plum, or apple. Soak the wood in water to cover for about ½ hour while you prepare the salmon.


1. Rub the flesh of the salmon filet with ingredients above and let it rest until coals are ready.

2. When all the coals are burning, pour them into one end of fire pit or grill and place the soaked wood chips on top of the fire.

3. Place a heavy griddle or cookie sheet on top of the grill, directly over the flames.

4. Brush canola oil lightly over the grill.

5. Place the salmon skin side down on the grill next to the cookie sheet (but not directly over the coals).

6. Close the lid, so that the fruit-wood smoke can work its magic.

7. The fish will cook from the smoke and indirect heat.

8. Cook salmon 10 minutes per pound. Do not turn.

9. Remove salmon from grill. Remember that the fish will continue to cook after removing it from the heat, so gauge your preferred doneness, tenderness, and succulence accordingly. If you do not have access to a grill, you can steam, poach, or bake your salmon in the oven.

For mango salsa

1. Combine all ingredients.

2. Mix and taste.

3. Spoon salsa over entire filet or single servings.

Read about the nutritional benefits of salmon here


Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease

Motivated by her husband Mike’s diagnosis, Anne Mikkelsen developed a cooking style that blends her training with emerging science on the importance of brain-healthy fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. Mike, an award-winning potter and sculptor, has skillfully adapted his art to accommodate the advancing stages of Parkinson’s.

‘Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease’ includes healthy lifestyle recommendations and an extensive recipe section, interspersed with Anne’s memoir of her journey with her husband as they discover how to live well with Parkinson’s disease.

‘Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put YOU in the Driver’s Seat’ by Anne Cutter Mikkelsen and Carolyn Stinson is available in print and ebook from Amazon.

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