Ginger Citrus Salmon with Cucumber and Orange Salsa

Fish is so intimidating. I have no idea why. It’s not hard to cook. It smells a little funny, but I sometimes do too and I’m not intimidated by myself. Well, I decided to stop being a lil b*tch and cooked up some fish. Salmon to be exact. And it turned out beautifully. I was lucky enough to get an awesome piece of salmon from my friend Ryan who catches little fishies himself! If you live in CO and want fresh fish this summer, Ryan is your man to talk to! Check out the flyer below for his information! And get to eating salmon you Colorado people.

Speaking of stinky things, let’s talk about a Facebook thread that occurred the other day. I wrote on my PaleOMG Facebook page that I had consumed mass amounts of broccoli that night. Well, what’s new. But people began to comment back that I wasn’t going to be fun to be around. Implying that I was going to be a fart machine. Well people, I don’t know what your butts are doing, but mine definitely is very cool with me consuming broccoli. Grains, absolutely not. But broccoli, my body is down for that. I even went on a date recently, yes I Juli B. went on a date, and had eaten broccoli early in the day. No mishaps occurred. Long story short, you broccoli farters out there, you’re weird. But I like you.

I need you to help me make a decision people. My friend invited me to go to Lake Powell. I want to go but I hate swim suits and I don’t drink very much. My friend’s like both, very much. Even though I know I suck as a friend in the party aspect, they still invited me. Do I go? Tell me what to do. TELL ME.

Oh and don’t forget to follow me on instagram @paleomg. I’m like, OMGobsessed. And really bad at taking pictures.


Ginger Citrus Salmon with Cucumber and Orange Salsa

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x



For the fish

  • 2 salmon filets (I don’t know what size, whatever size you buy)
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest

For the salsa

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 large orange, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Chop all your salsa ingredients, toss all ingredients together in a bowl, then place in refrigerator.
  2. Heat up a medium skillet over medium heat and add your coconut milk, coconut aminos, fish sauce, fresh ginger and orange zest.
  3. Once the coconut milk begins to slightly bubble, add your salmon filets to the sauce.
  4. Cook salmon for about 2-4 minutes per side or until cooked to preference.
  5. Plate salmon then top with salsa, making sure some of the coconut milk makes it over the salmon!
  6. Boom sauce!!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


49 thoughts on “Ginger Citrus Salmon with Cucumber and Orange Salsa”

  1. Yes. You should go with your friend. Its good to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. and hey… you MIGHT have fun!

  2. YOU READ MY MIND! I AM NOT JOKING! I was seriously just looking at what I had in my fridge… and had no idea how to piece it all together! I have all these oranges and didn’t know how I was going to throw them together with a meat… I thought this less than 10 minutes ago. I decided to log on setting this thought aside, and was thinking about making the rosemary chicken and dates recipe you have up… and saw this! WOW. I am slightly freaked out right now! Creeeeeeeeepy!

  3. Okay, this is admittedly weird for me to leave as my first comment, but I just had to. I had the broccoli problem before I became a paleo eater. Like BAAAAAD. Now I can eat a pound of the stuff and it’s no problemo. I keep digestive enzymes around for non-paleo guests so they can also eat broccoli with no fear.

    Hi. Like your blog. You’re very pretty and I don’t think your ‘about me’ pic does you justice.

  4. You should go to Lake Powell. I’m sure you look awesome in a swim suit but if you don’t want to wear one, then don’t. Or do like a friend of mine, and wear a sports bra and booty shorts to go swimming. It’s just like working out! As for drinking, take a bunch of stuff that you do like – sparkling water or whatever floats your boat. You can keep drinking from your stash all night and sooner or later they’ll even get tired of bugging you about it (if they are the kinds of friends who would bug you for not drinking enough).

    1. I agree with these amazing people. You should go. You don’t have to drink if you don’t want to. And you don’t have to wear a bikini. But you should go because you never experience anything sitting on the sidelines. “if you ever get the chance to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance.” You will have fun and you will blog all about because we are nosey and live through you 😉

  5. I’ve been facing this problem lately too, being invited to events where the main attraction, in the end, is drinking alcohol. Right now I am focused on my training and eating properly, I just don’t fancy the idea of getting shit faced, but still don’t want to say no to events. I always get shit for being the “healthy-boring-fart” when I want to call it a night because I am getting up early to hit the gym. working out makes me happy and feel good, waking up with a hang-over and inability to workout doesn’t.
    I find it harder to go to the events, trying the whole time to “be strong” and say “no thanks, I’m sticking with my soda” everytime people want you to take a shot. either way you’re a bore in their alcohol consuming eyes. But there are exceptions! Sometimes you meet cool people to hang out with anyway, drunk or sober ones!
    If you feel they will be supportive of you not wanting to keep up with their drinking pace than go! As for the bathing suit, girl there are PLENTY of girls who’d kill for your banging body!! Woot!
    – Lisa from Sweden
    P.S Love love your blog!

  6. Agree 100% with the people above me, go go go go GO! And not just for us, honestly go because you want to!

    Also … sorry for the ignorance, but what the heck is ‘fish sauce’?

  7. If I had your abs, I’d be wearing the shiz out of a bathing suit. Do it! And I completely agree, broccoli makes my tummy super happy. The obscene amount of chocolate chips I told you about? Not so much…

  8. Go to the shin-dig! Lake days are always good times, even if you are only there to partake in the vitamin sunshine. And I second the sports bra & spanky shorts combo. Go comfortable and you’ll surely have a nice time.

    I used to think broccoli did bad things to me, since going paleo I’ve discovered it wasn’t the veg, but the crap I usually ate along with it. I mean, broccoli casserole has cream of chicken soup and massive amounts of cheese – ugh.

    A date, you say? Was he nice? Funny? will there be a follow up? Don’t think we’ll let you skate over that fun tidbit!!!

  9. You should absolutely go. Bring delicious food and desserts and no one will care if your not drinking. And seriously if I had your body I’d go to the grocery store in a swim suit… just saying.

  10. Self confidence (or lack there of) and swim suits suck…had my very own trauma with trying them on this week:-( Wish I could love and appreciate my body for what it is instead of seeing what it isn’t. I am working on it though…so that part of me says to go to the Lake and have a fantastic time – there are no mirrors there and I am sure that your friends love you. 🙂
    PS. Love your blog!

  11. Juli, you should totally go. If my friends invited me to the lake I’d be totally nervous to wear a swimsuit, but then again I’ve probably got about 20 pounds of fat on you. So you should probably just man the fuck up. I say that with love. 😉 GO TO THE LAKE AND HAVE FUN! Bring some yummy non-alcoholic drinks and just enjoy yourself 🙂

    PS that recipe looks amazing. I will definitely be trying it!

  12. 1. I’m envious of Ryan’s lifestyle (although I’m sure it isn’t as glamorous as making a living being a professional fisherman sounds).

    2. Yes, you should go to LP w/ your friends. Don’t drink if you don’t want to…your friends will probably appreciate having someone sober to keep them out of too much trouble. However, don’t be the female equivalent of *that guy* by mentally recording every stupid thing they do/say.

    3. An actual date!? With a real guy? Congrats.

  13. Stephanie Poelman

    GO to lake Powell and meet some boys, duh!! Drink soda water with a lime in it; people will think you are drinking so they wont ask you if you need a drink!

    go in a bathing suit and show off those quads that got you to snatch your latest PR; you work hard for them to flaunt them!

    oh, and people already love you but will love you even more if you bring them desserts ESPECIALLY after they’ve been drinking. its a win-win!

  14. Bah! Too bad I hadn’t seen this before today. I received both an organic cucumber and some oranges last night in my co-op delivery box..darn it. And I am growing an affinity for salmon too. Darn. Oh well, my cucumber is almost gone (had some with my eggs this morning) so next time.

    As for Lake Powell GOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I agree with others…bring stuff you love (tall boys of coconut water perhaps? 🙂 and chill with your friends. They were cool enough to invite you knowing you you aren’t a heavy drinker….which means they DO want you there. So go, and have fun!

  15. Juli, you should still go, you don’t need to drink to have fun, (in fact sometimes it’s fun watching other people getting stupid) LOL – Lake Powell is beautiful and if nothing else the scenery ought to make it perfect. (a little vitamin D is good too) oh and BTW – broccoli doesnt give me farts either, THANK GOODNESS 🙂

  16. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I commented on your FB yesterday for some seafood recipes. Truth, cooking fish scares me too, I usually burn the heck out of it! It’s good to jazz it up every now and then…thanks again!

  17. You should totally go! I think you are being waaay too modest, you have AMAZING abs and I am sure you look great in a swim suit, a two piece at that! Go show off the results of all your hard work =)

    Oh and is it weird that I almost printed the pic of you at regionals showing your amazing abs? My plan was to put it on my fridge so when I am having a weak moment I can look at you and know I will never have those abs if I eat like crap…then I thought my husband would enjoy it a little too much?!

    Oh and I am going to try this recipe next week, I am also a little scared of fish but this looks awesome!

  18. Go.Have.Fun. Wear that swimsuit w/the same confidence you have at the gym! Men and women will drool. Truth. As for the drinking…you seem like ur fun enough without the liquid inhibition… 😉
    Recipe looks good…will def try it.
    P.S. Seriously?! That’s all you’re saying about the date……??????????????? Tease.

  19. Ok JB if all your fabulous followers have not convinced you to go to Lake Powell by now, than nothing will! I have been twice, and they were 2 of the top 3 vacations I have ever taken (Europe was #1). So GO! And wear a bikini or sports bra and booty shorts. I second everything that everyone has written before me! You gotta get yourself some confidence outside of the gym and kitchen!

    Now throw down with the date details already!

    Mamma Clark

  20. While I enjoy a couple feet-like beers here and there, I generally don’t have fun at the lake with my friends when the agenda is sitting around in the water, on the boat, at the lakehouse, etc. and drinking from dawn until dusk. A person can tote all the “stuff he/she likes” with him/her, but it still isn’t fun if everyone is smashed.

    That said, if you think it sounds fun, go. There will be bros there with their shirts off, which I understand to be a plus in your book. Not so much mine, but we’re talking about you here…

  21. Girl,

    GO TO LAKE POWELL!!! Soak up some sun and just make yourself a fizzy water with lemon/lime/berries. It’ll look festive, taste great, and won’t leave you feeling crappy.

    A fan in Utah, Kelly

    P.S. You need to change your profile info. You are not a “really bad” dancer. I think you rock.

  22. Well Ju….looks like you have a verdict here. And that would be TO GO. You know you will have me 🙂 and let’s be serious, that’s all you really need….

    Love you and will bug you about this tonight until you own up and go, so looks like you minus well just bite the bullet early!

  23. Hey JB you should totally go. You need a “PaleoOMG” swim suit. I am in the middle of a 6 week Paleo challenge (which ends on Saturday)so I have been seriously anti-social with my drinking pals, although I did go out one night for dinner and it was pretty funny to be the only one who knew what day it was! It was a blast to see other people unable to finish a sentence. Go have some fun, after Regionals you deserve to let your hair down. That salmon recipe looks awesome and will be on my menu next week, after I come out of my chocolate coma of course 🙂

  24. Seriously?? If I had that body I would show up buck naked!!! I don’t drink much either and I’m sure it won’t be a problem for them if you don’t. Just tell them you’d rather eat your calories than drink them:)

  25. @ Your friend Ryan’s Salmon: I cooked a pound of Ryan’s salmon today it was beyond banging. Super fresh- so pink!!! I had it for lunch and dinner and will scramble up with eggs tomorrow am. So good. Wild fresh Salmon is a whole other fish…

  26. Bueno!!!!! When I saw this last week, I knew it would be on this weekend’s menu. I made it for dinner tonight and it was a hit. My 6 & 8 year old boys loved it…both had seconds. Another job well done. Thank you!!!!

    (**Tried to rate as 5 stars, but only 2 turn yellow…not sure what’s up. Def 5 star.**)

  27. I came here today looking for a salmon recipe because I have some salmon from Ryan also. My box will be making an order with him for this season. Now I know what to do with the fish that I was also afraid of cooking and f’ing up.

    My .02 on Powell…It ain’t Mexico 😉 but you NEED to give yourself a full on break. Not just a CrossFit related trip to Again Faster or a Regional but an actual, no coaching (still probably WOD though. I did in Mexico between margaritas) break. Go!

  28. This tasted as good as your pictures look! I’m a little less scared of cooking fish now 🙂

  29. My 2 year old son and sous chef said, “Oh my Gooooooooooodness, nummy mommy,” and then pulled out the old sign language for more.

    Enough said.

  30. I have made this twice now and it is great! I substituted mahi for the salmon and it has been delicious. The flavor mix of cucumber, orange, jalapeno and coconut milk are terrific together and I never would have thought to mix them. Thank you!!

  31. Hey, Juli! Quick question, do you have to used canned coconut milk? I have just regular coconut milk – is that okay to use? Thanks!

  32. Seriously, so DELISH! I made this for my family tonight, and everyone loved it 🙂 Burst of flavor. I will be making this again!

  33. I do not like fish. I’m not intimidated by it, I just don’t like it. But pre-Paleo, I realized it was important to TRY to eat more salmon so I found a wonderful recipe that was dinner-party worthy. It was my go-to “I want to impress you” meal. However, it contained just way too much sugar and soy sauce. Today was my last day of a Whole30 and my husband announced that he wanted fish. THANK GOD he did because after a great deal of searching, I now have a NEW favorite salmon recipe that fits my new lifestyle like my favorite pair of jeans. Thank you! This was delicious! And coming from a non-fish eater, that’s like a quadruple thumbs up. Plus some toes.

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