Blackened Salmon over a plate of vegetables from the Humane Table cookbook
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Dr. Robin Ganzert’s cookbook The Humane Table: Cooking with Compassion, has a range of delicious dishes designed around the season and wholesome cooking. By “cooking with compassion,” home cooks can ensure they are sourcing proteins and animal byproducts from purveyors that keep animal welfare top of mind. This tasty blackened salmon recipe is a light and weeknight friendly dinner that works well any time of the year. Enjoy with summer tomatoes and squash, or greens and potatoes in the winter.

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4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon onion power
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 (6-ounce) fresh salmon fillets, without the skin
  1. Mix together spices in a small bowl. Pat fillets on both sides with seasoning mixture.
  2. Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add oil and butter.
  3. Cook fillets in pan, 2 to 3 minutes per side, until blackened.


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The Humane Table: Cooking with Compassion

Author: Robin R. GanzertDelicious recipes for home chefs who are mindful about the welfare of animals ​Now, more than ever, we are conscious of where our food comes from. We want to support farmers and ranchers who do things right and care deeply about the well-being of their animals. In line with this holistic approach, Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO of American Humane–America's first national humane organization– has compiled delicious recipes featuring ingredients that are compassionately produced by farmers, ranchers, and other organizations that are American Humane Certified(TM). The recipes are constructed around the seasons– summer, fall, winter, and spring–so that whether you are simmering a stew on a cold night or grilling out under balmy skies, you can set a humane table year-round. Compassion and love are the ingredients for a humane table–a setting where American Humane's shared values of treating animals with kindness, respect, and dignity are truly celebrated. If you're a home chef who supports these same principles, The Humane Table is for you.

  • Recipe reprinted from
    Dr. Robin E. Ganzert, The Humane Table: Cooking with Compassion (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2022)

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