A piece of salmon sitting on top of a wooden table
November 13, 2023
A piece of salmon sitting on top of a wooden table

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Cold water fish, Cruciferous vegetables & dark leafy greens, Garlic

Serves: 4

Salmon is chock-full of DHA, the omega-3 fatty acid with the most evidence for brain benefits. Almost any salmon is a good choice for the brain, not just because of high good-for-you DHA levels but also because of relatively low levels of bad-for-you mercury. Wild salmon is probably a better choice than farmed salmon, due to lower levels of PCBs. Spinach and garlic may add to the brain benefits of this recipe!

Leftover salmon does not have to go to waste. Try adding any leftovers to scrambled eggs along with sautéed onions, green peppers, and grated Swiss cheese for a delicious breakfast the next morning!


  • 4 4-oz salmon filets
  • 2 Tbsps butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsps lemon pepper seasoning
  • 6 oz fresh spinach


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in 4 cloves of minced garlic.
  3. Sprinkle salmon filets on both sides with lemon pepper seasoning.
  4. Place the salmon in the pan and cook on both sides, approximately 3 minutes per side, until fish flakes when tested with a fork.
  5. Meanwhile, steam fresh spinach for approximately 4 minutes or until tender.
  6. Toss spinach with remaining 2 cloves of minced garlic.
  7. Serve the salmon filets over the spinach.