Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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It's that time of year -- the season for wild Alaskan salmon, and the sockeye is plentiful. It is fast and easy to cook, and it is good for heart health and your waistline.

Tip: The white substance that develops on salmon as it cooks is not fat. It is protein, much like egg white, and is safe and pleasurable to eat.


1/2 cup parsley leaves

1 1/2 cups basil leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

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1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon orange juice

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1 1/4 pounds wild sockeye salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat broiler; coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine the parsley, basil, olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, orange zest and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor; puree. (Add salt and pepper to taste).

3. Season salmon with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place on prepared pan, skin-sides down, and put under broiler for 4 minutes, until very lightly browned. Turn skin-sides up and broil another 3 to 4 minutes, until the fish just loses translucency in the center and the skin is crisp. To serve, turn again so skin sides face down and brush the sauce over the top.

Makes 4 servings.

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Nutritional analysis per serving 268 calories, 31 g protein, 1 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 15 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 595 mg sodium



1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

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2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

1 1/4 pounds sockeye salmon, cut into 4 pieces

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1. Coat the grill rack for direct-heat grilling and light the grill.

2. Heat olive oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium high. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and no longer opaque, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and olives, and cook until exterior of tomatoes begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil and parsley. Cover pan and allow to sit (off the heat) while you cook the salmon.

3. Season the salmon with the salt, pepper and dried thyme. Grill 4 minutes on each side, or until nicely marked and no longer translucent in the centers. To serve, spoon the tomato topping over the fish.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving 290 calories, 31 g protein, 7 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 15 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 670 mg sodium



2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon finely minced ginger

1 teaspoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 pounds sockeye salmon, cut into 4 pieces

1. Preheat the broiler; coat the broiler pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine the soy sauce, ginger, hoisin, vinegar and brown sugar in a bowl; set aside.

3. Season fish with salt, place on broiler pan, skin-sides up, and cook 4 minutes, until skins are lightly browned. Turn fish over and brush with sauce; broil 2 minutes and brush again. Cook 1 minute longer, until glaze is set and fish is just cooked through.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving 220 calories, 31 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 673 mg sodium