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Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage


  • 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets, skinned
  • 2 tb olive Oil
  • 1 tb lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c minced shallots or scallions
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme (1/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil (1/4 tsp dried basil)


  • 1/2 c Seafood stock
  • 2 Red bell peppers roasted puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Anchovy paste or salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper


  1. Bring water to a boil, and blanch the cabbage leaves until pliable, about 2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the salmon and sole into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and garlic, and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Add to the fish, along with the lemon juice, pepper, salt, thyme and basil.  Mix gently.
  4. Place 2 cabbage leaves overlapping slightly.  Divide mixture in the center of the six sets of leaves. Roll cabbage, tucking in the sides to enclose the filling, and secure the rolls with toothpicks.  Place in a bamboo steamer, and steam over boiling water for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. While the rolls are steaming, puree the stock, peppers, lemon juice, anchovy paste and pepper in a blender or food processor with a steel blade.
  6. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce by half, stirring frequently.
  7. To serve, place a pool of sauce on the plate, and top with a cabbage roll.

Cabbage and Salmon in particular are great foods to use to tonify KD Jing.  Cabbage is sweet and neutral, goes to KD/ST and harmonizes the ST and nourishes KD Jing.  Salmon is also sweet and neutral, goes to the SP/KD and nourishes yin, blood and KD Jing.  This would be a well balanced dish making it a fairly neutral temperature meal.  The garlic and shallots would be warming and help with digestion.  (Tao of Nutrition states that Napa cabbage is actually sweet and cold.  It’s actions are clearing heat and lubricating intestines.)

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.

Fish Soup

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

KD Yin Xu-Water - Nina Gaglio

Fish Soup– Serves 3 to 4

1 (1-2 inch) piece of ginger, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic minced

¼ cup goji berries

2 tablespoons rice wine

5 cups water

1 pound fresh salmon (boned and cut into 1-2 inch chunks)

½, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces.

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Overall TCM Functions:

This dish strengthens Kidneys to counteract fatigue and insomnia.  It Nourishes yin and fluids.

Salmon- sweet, neutral, SP/KD. Strengthens spleen, nourishes yin, blood, and KD jing.

Ginger- pungent, warm, LU, SP, ST. Stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces inflammation.

Soy Sauce- salty, cold, SP, ST, KD. Harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat.

Clove- pungent, warm, ST, KD. Dispels internal cold, warms the KD, stops pain.

Rice wine- pungent, sweet, warm, ST, LV, HT. Expels cold, invigorates blood, stops pain

Goji berries, sweet, neutral, KD, LV, LU. Nourishes LV and KD, moistens LU.

Sesame oil- nourishes yin and fluids, helps to expel phlegm.

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

8 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
1/2 cup peanut oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons green onions, chopped
3 teaspoons brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place salmon filets in a medium, nonporous glass dish. In a separate medium bowl, combine the peanut oil, soy sauce, vinegar, green onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and salt. Whisk together well, and pour over the fish. Cover and marinate the fish in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.
Prepare an outdoor grill with coals about 5 inches from the grate, and lightly oil the grate.
Grill the fillets 5 inches from coals for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at the thickest part, or until fish just flakes with a fork. Turn over halfway through cooking.

Serves 8

Salmon – Sweet, neutral; SP/KD; nourishes yin, xue, and KD jing; strengthens SP
Soy sauce – salty, cold; SP/ST/KD; harmonize MJ, clears heat
Ginger – pungent & warm; LU/SP/ST, disperse exterior cold, stop nausea & vomiting
Onion – pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp
Garlic – hot & acrid; promotes sweating, anti-viral, relieves toxins