Karina’s Favorite Seafood Recipes

OC4 Coach Karina Smirnoff shares two of her favorite easy seafood recipes that provide the protein you need to fuel healthy muscle growth without extra calories and fat.

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Zucchini Swordfish

Serves 2


  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into thin, 3-inch strips
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 box precut white or oyster mushrooms
  • Handful black olives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp canned jalapenos, minced
  • 2 1-lb swordfish steaks, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp black truffle oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic glaze
  • 1 bunch thyme, stems removed


  1. Turn on broiler to 550 degrees
  2. In a medium pan, add oil and thyme. Cook for 2 minutes on medium, then add zucchini. Season with pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a separate pan to medium, add oil and mushrooms and cook for five minutes.
  4. Add olives, jalapenos and balsamic glaze and heat through.
  5. Remove from heat. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Season swordfish with truffle oil and black pepper on both sides. Place on baking sheet and back in the oven until fish starts to sizzle, about 7 minutes
  6. When the outside turns golden brown, remove from oven. Divide zucchini between two plates then place fish on top. Divide mushroom mix and pour over the top of each fish.

Miso Glazed Salmon with Broccolini

Serves 2


  • 2 6-ounce salmon filets
  • ¼ cup brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • Sprig parsley
  • 1 bag broccolini
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • Juice of one lemon, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl mix sugar, soy sauce, miso, mirin and half the lemon juice. Add salmon to bowl and turn to coat.
  3. Place salmon on baking sheet covered with foil and cover with remaining sauce. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  4. Steam broccolini until desired tenderness, then season with pepper. Place salmon on top and top with remaining lemon juice and parsley.

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