Garlic & Pepper Seared Salmon With Zoodles

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garlic and pepper seared salmon with zoodles

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I am notorious for getting into food kicks. I find something I like and I tend to eat it day-after-day without second thought. Lately, I can’t get enough of zoodles. And can you blame me? I get to feel like I’m eating pasta without all the refined flour and whole lot more nutrients! There’s a secret to getting the perfect zoodle, a spiralizer. Don’t worry, this compact kitchen tool is totally affordable. Have some zoodles once, and the effort to make them will be totally worth it. Trust me.

garlic and pepper seared salmon with zoodles

To make this zoodle recipe that much more rich and nutritious, I decided to swap out my usual chicken for wild salmon. Instead of pan frying or baking (which you could definitely do as well), I used my cast iron skillet because #obsessed. It perfectly crisps the outside of the fish without overcooking or drying out the inside. Okay, I’m making my mouth water! I am all about simple seasonings because I think the natural taste of food is so delicious. To give this dish a little kick, I tossed the zoodles with sauteed mushrooms and white onions, olive oil, garlic powder, and pepper. It’s one of those dishes that’s delicious fresh and also perfect as leftovers to add to your meal prep rotation! I like to store the ingredients separate if I make it for the week – one container with sautéed mushrooms and onions, one with the salmon, and another with plain zoodles. Then, I toss it all together with the olive oil and seasonings when I’m ready to sit down and dig in.

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Garlic & Pepper Seared Salmon with Zoodles


Makes 1 serving

4 – 5 oz  uncooked salmon

1 large zucchini, spiralized or cut into thin, long “noodles”

2 tbsp chopped white onion

1/2 cup mushrooms

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp olive oil

1-2 tsp garlic powder

Black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet pan on medium-high heat with 1/2 -1 tbsp coconut oil (just enough to lightly coat the top since the salmon has it’s own natural oils).
  2. Raise the heat to medium-high. Place the salmon, skin-side down in the pan. Sprinkle the top of the salmon with 1/2 – 1 tbsp garlic powder and black pepper.
  3. Cook until golden brown on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook for about 3 more minutes until it feels firm to the touch. You can cook it for shorter or longer depending on how raw you like your fish in the middle.
  4. While the salmon is cooking, heat a pan on medium to high heat. Spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
  5. Add mushrooms and onions to the pan and sauté until golden brown. Set aside when done cooking.
  6. Remove salmon from the pan after it’s done cooking. Let cool for a minute before removing the skin.
  7. I like to spiralize my zucchini before or after cooking the fish to make sure I don’t overcook the salmon. Once the zoodles are spiralized, you can choose to eat them raw or add them to the pan of mushrooms and onions and saute all together until slightly al-dente.
  8. Once the zoodles, mushrooms, and onions are combined, add in olive oil, the rest of the garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and more pepper if you like.
  9. Place zoodles on a plate and top with salmon.
  10. Eat up!


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  2. We will just love your Salmon with Zoodles, great combo! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you so much Helen!! Always love linking up 🙂

  3. What a delicious way to serve salmon, and it’s such a healthy recipe too! Pinning and sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of Hearth and Soul! Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

    1. Yay so happy you like it April! I will be there 🙂

  4. I have never, ever heard of zoodles! This looks lovely though! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Zoodles are my favorite traditional pasta alternative. Black bean pasta too.

    1. Oh yum! I’ve never had black bean pasta. I love red lentil and edamame pasta though 🙂

  6. Zoodles are SO GOOD! I haven’t paired zoodles with salmon yet, but this is a great idea – especially for the summer!

    1. Yes, I even like to eat it chilled. Perfect for those warm summer nights 🙂

  7. Salmon is really the only fish I eat and I’m always looking for a new way to cook it. This looks delicious.

    1. Thank you! I love salmon too. It tastes so yummy and the wild kind has so many nutritious benefits 🙂

  8. I was on a zoodle kick but my husband wasn’t totally on board. He loves salmon though so this would be a great way to get him into it!

    1. Yes try it and let me know if it changes his mind!

  9. I need to make zoodles more often! I haven’t made them in forever but I love them – esp when topped with salmon (or shrimp)!

    1. I make a big bowl of them at the beginning of the week so I don’t have to prep them each time. Yes, I eat them multiple times per week lol

  10. Loving this dish! The perfect low carb meal packed with healthy fats! Yum 🙂

    1. Thank you Abbey!!! Love me some healthy fats 🙂

  11. I LOVE zoodles! My kids, notsomuch. But they do love salmon so I could definitely make this work!

    1. Me too 🙂 obviously. You could easily substitute pasta for the kiddos!

  12. My kids enjoy eating salmon and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it for them.

    1. Let me know how they like this recipe. Glad you have kids after my own heart 😉

  13. Looks amazing!! Adding to my to make list of recipes!

    1. Thank you! I’m so happy you like it. When you make it, check back in with me 🙂

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