Salmon is the Star in Alaska Recipes

Salmon is the Star in Alaska Recipes

Holland America Line menus are diverse and varied. From appetizers to desserts, each course is filled with options to suit any taste. With a global fleet, the menus are able to showcase local flavors and specialties.

In Italy that might mean an amazing pasta or in South America the perfect cut of Argentinian beef. But in Alaska, it’s all about salmon. Served in a variety of ways, it’s always a popular choice.


Here’s one of “Rudi’s Recipes” so you can make a delicious salmon dish at home.

Balsamic Maple Glazed Salmon with Steamed Spinach and Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 (1-inch-thick) salmon steaks or fillets (about 6 ounces each)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) bag dark, crinkly-leaf spinach, well washed
1 cup yellow grape tomatoes
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, maple syrup, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and 2 teaspoons garlic. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil.

Prepare grill. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Brush salmon generously with glaze and grill on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches above glowing coals (medium-high heat) until just cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side (do not allow it to burn).

Meanwhile, place spinach in a 4-quart saucepan over medium hcat. Cover and let steam with just the water clinging to the leaves, stirring once, until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and remaining 2 teaspoons garlic to skillet; saute 1 minute. Add remaining 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar; saute 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper.

To Serve:
Place salmon on a plate and top with spinach. Spoon tomatoes alongside salmon and serve immediately.

Tip: To store fresh fish, first wrap it in high-quality, unwaxed butcher paper, which keeps moisture from the flesh. Then place the package in a plastic bag to prevent oxidation from air exposure, which can turn the flesh gray and dull. — Executive Chef Markus Jenni

What’s your favorite way to eat salmon? Tell us in the comments below!


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  1. Laura Sklar May 21, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    Salmon is one of my favorite. I enjoyed so much it at my dinner table. I´ll try your recipe.
    Thank you Rudi.

  2. Laura Sklar June 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you Holland!!!!!

  3. Tommy Salmon January 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    On our cruise to Alaska on the Amsterdam in the fall of 2014, we were served a fantastic grilled Salmon dinner cooked by the pool on what appeared to be a large comal. Can you please send me the recipe for the Salmon I am referring to? Thanks!

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