Salmon and Black Beans

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

Tonify kidney yin, yang and jing

Salmon and Black Beans

Salmon and black beans are the main ingredients in this recipe.  They both help nourish the kidneys. Along with the onions, they can help relieve toxicity.  This is a great recipe to help tonify kidney yin, yang and jing. It can also help add a little energy and warmth to your day, while also helping to protect the middle jiao.

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves (2 pressed, 3 minced)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • 14 ozs salmon fillets
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 1 roma tomato (chopped)
  • 30 ozs black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • cilantro (small handful, chopped) Makes 2 whole salmon filets


  1. Whisk the olive oil, pressed garlic, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt in a small baking dish.  Place the salmon, skin-side down, in the dish.  Brush the marinade over the top and sides of fish.  Let chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, tomatoes, jalapenos, and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in black beans and cumin. Reduce heat and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cilantro and set aside.
  4. Arrange the salmon on the grill, skin side up and spray skin with nonstick spray.  Grill salmon for about 4-5 minutes.  Carefully flip over and grill for about 3 more minutes, or until opaque all the way through.
  5. Serve fish with black beans and dig in.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Garlic- Hot, acrid; large, intestine, lung, spleen, stomach: removes stagnate blood or food, reduces abscess, warms yang, dispels cold, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms.

Dried thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, downbears counterflow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, heart; warms the middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood.

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Salmon fillets- Sweet, neutral; spleen, kidney; strengthens spleen, nourishes yin, blood, and kidney jing.

Onions- Pungent; lung; clears heat relieves toxicity.

Celery- Sweet, bitter, cold; liver, stomach; clears heat, tonifies kidneys, strengthens spleen/stomach, lowers blood pressure, benefits blood, calms liver and shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp transforms phlegm.

Roma tomato- Sweet, sour, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder, kidney; promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidney.

Black beans- Sweet, neutral; spleen, kidney; nourishes kidney, invigorates blood, promotes urination, resolves toxins.

Cumin- Pungent, bitter, slightly warm; spleen, stomach, large intestine; helps with abdominal pain and distention, protects against diarrhea and dysentery.

Cilantro- Acrid, warm; promotes digestion, regulates qi, promotes sweating, warms the middle, warms the lungs.