Valhalla is a very important part of Norse mythology. Valhöll, which means “the hall of the fallen”, is the hall where the god Odin houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. So what does Valhalla have to do with Salmon?! My very best friend since Elementary school (let’s not get into years!) has summered in Alaska for the past few years and she has brought home some of the best Salmon we have ever tasted. The name of the lodge is ,you guessed it, Valhalla! So this is my tribute to a place where the Salmon is good to enough for Odin. I like to call Salmon made with this the Thor of Salmon!
The flavor has a hint of smoky sweetness from the brown sugar, cacao, paprika, and cumin with just a touch of background heat from red pepper flakes. Our Valhalla Salmon spice rub marries with the juices of salmon to form a delicious glaze (when baked or grilled) and this is a flavorful departure from the usual citrus-based rubs so common with fish.
Hand blended with brown sugar, paprika, sea salt, black pepper, cacao powder, cumin and red pepper flakes.
There are numerous ways to prepare and cook salmon – you can bake it, broil it, grill it or poach it. There are also a variety of marinades, rubs and sauces. For this heart-healthy fish, the key to optimum flavor is to not overcook it or it will become dry and tough. When selecting salmon a good rule of thumb is to choose center cut salmon and then cut into appropriate sizes at home. Allow 4-6 ounces of raw salmon per serving. We like to use about ½ to 1 tsp of seasoning per 4 ounces of salmon. We always recommend going with less seasoning than more to start as you can always add more.We love this rub as the ideal compliment to salmon. A quick sprinkle and rub 10 minutes prior to cooking and you’re good to go. Our Valhalla Salmon rub marries with the juices of salmon to form a delicious glaze (when baked or grilled) and this is a flavorful departure from the usual lemon and herb seasonings so common with salmon.
We especially like to grill our salmon and have found leaving the skin on makes it less likely the fish will fall through the grill rack. A general guideline is to grill your salmon for approximately 8-10 minutes per inch of thickness. For grilling salmon filets expect them to cook in approximately 4-5 minutes. Do not turn over when grilling. For salmon steaks expect cooking time to be 4-7 minutes. Turn once to cook on both sides.