Saturday, June 10, 2017

Copper River Salmon - Greek Spanakopita Style

This morning, hubby and I got up early, around 6:30 a.m. and watered all of our flowers and tomatoes before it got hot. I was so excited when I found out that the "ugly thorned vine" growing on a trellis in our backyard, and one that I almost pulled out this spring, actually turned out to be a raspberry vine with beautiful little ripe raspberries all over it! What a pleasant surprise. They were much smaller than commercial raspberries but brilliant red, super sweet with very tiny seeds. They were some of the prettiest I've ever seen and looked like little red jewels (rubies). I enjoyed them on top of Greek yogurt this afternoon. Since  hubby and I got up so early, we arrived at Costco when they opened this morning to see if they received another shipment of Copper River Salmon...and they had, but not a lot of it. I picked up 3 more packages.

This evening my youngest son came for dinner and I was excited to prepare Copper River Salmon for him. I wanted to make it different so hubby doesn't tire of it -- as for me, I could eat it every single day! I decided to go with a Greek Spanakopita Style theme (topping it with chopped fresh baby spinach, fresh dill, lemon zest, feta cheese, olive oil and black pepper). It turned out amazing! I "roasted" it on my grill using it as an outdoor oven. It took 12 minutes to roast at about 450 degrees in a foil packet opened at the top and then sealed tightly and removed from the heat to sit for about 5 minutes or so. I brushed the salmon with olive oil and gave it a light dusting of Penzey's Greek Seasoning, then topped it with slices of lemon and then the spinach-feta topping. I loved it. I snapped a few photos below and included the easy peasy recipe. Enjoy!

Spike is so excited we're having salmon for dinner -- he LOVES Copper River Salmon!

He's patiently waiting while it cooks on the grill

My first raspberries that I didn't know I had!  

Copper River Salmon - Greek Spanakopita Style 


1-1/2 to 2 pounds wild salmon fillets (I used wild Copper River Sockeye Salmon)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Greek Seasoning (or substitute salt and pepper, to taste)
1 medium lemon, sliced
8 ounces fresh baby spinach, cooked/wilted and chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh dill
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest


Preheat grill (or oven) to 425-450 degrees.

Place salmon in the center of a large sheet of foil. Brush salmon with 1 tablespoon olive oil; season lightly with Greek Seasoning (or salt and pepper). Arrange lemon slices on top of fillet. Gently crimp and form foil into a packet around salmon to contain juices as it roasts (keep packet open on top while roasting). 

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, spinach, feta cheese, black pepper, dill, and lemon zest. Top salmon with spinach-feta mixture. Place open salmon packet on hot grill (or oven) and close lid. Try to maintain grill temperature between 425 and 450 degrees F. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and transfer foil packet to a platter or baking sheet. Crimp and close packet tightly to allow salmon to continue cooking gently off the heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. 



Peg said...

Well I am jealous! I was at Kroger this morning and they still haven't received any yet! All the copper river salmon must have been shipped to Atlanta! ;-)

Thank you for all the recipe ideas for when I manage to find some.

Anonymous said...

Lol at Spike. Didn't know dogs liked fish, especially salmon.

905lovestostamp said...

I cannot even begin to express how THRILLED I am that you are back posting!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your recipes are THE BEST, the most inspiring for me to get back to this healthier lifestyle, and I love your style of writing and your photos--basically I love how you post your recipes as well as the recipes themselves.

I wish that we in Canada had the same content at our Costco stores as you have in the US, also I wish there were some NY state Costco locations close enough to visit when I do go across the border occasionally, but only Sam's Club and I do have a membership there that I share with a dear friend. I have found the most wonderful grass-fed sirloin beef roast that comes cooked in a vacuum-sealed bag from New Zealand by Cuisine Solutions, this product is WONDERFUL and quite reasonably priced considering the fantastic taste and quality of this beef! If you have an opportunity to try it, DO! I've seen other products by Cuisine Solutions sometimes at Sam's Club (in the section with already cooked products near the fresh meat section), like lamb and beef stew, but I have only been looking for more natural products like grass-fed beef. It is WONDERFUL!!! Trader Joe's has a grass-fed beef roast, but I don't think it is nearly as good as this one. I DO love Trader Joe's frozen grass-fed beef burgers (also in a solid package of ground beef for $1 less) from New Zealand again that are WONDERFUL, priced I think $6.99 for a pound of 4 frozen burgers. I think the Cuisine Solutions grass-fed premium sirloin beef roast that is sliced is around $11.99 a pound, but there is virtually no fat or wastage of any kind, most packages are around $20. Just thought I'd mention a couple of great finds on the US side, lots of healthy products at Trader Joe's and at very good prices. Here at home in Ontario, I am VERY blessed to have a farmer's store where I buy produce from organic farms and some pesticide-free farms and the quality is fantastic! I'm learning to buy and eat what is in season again, although I do freeze some produce for later, like stewing rhubarb which I love mixed with full-fat natural yogurt as a treat, yum! I use healthy sweeteners like Sweet Perfection, I found out about Chocoperfection through you as well as your favorite almond flour from Honeyville, thank you!!!

Please keep on uploading your recipes, no one does it better than you do!!! I especially love your baking recipes, because good ones are SO challenging to find. It is my hope to try many of your baking recipes in the coming months as my health permits...

Thanks again, I am THRILLED you are back, Gourmet Girl!!!

Sending hugs,

Joanne from Ontario, Canada

CyberSis said...


Does this ever look wonderful! I'm going to try it IF I ever find some Copper River salmon, which has been very illusive around here. Bet it would be great with "regular" (wild-caught Alaska) salmon, too!

Love the little ruby jewels, too. Nice to get those little surprises every once in a while, isn't it? Love the photo of your little cutie, too. Bon appetit, Spike! :-)