Step Afrika! Dancer Misha Michel’s Salmon With Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

June 1, 2022

Growing up in Miami, Step Afrika! dancer Misha Michel often helped out in her family’s soul food restaurant, Freedom Wingz. But she didn’t start cooking herself until college. “Mostly because I wanted to try new dishes and find different ways to have tasty, healthy meals,” she says. 

Today, her favorite way to mix things up is by using creative combinations of spices on a nourishing base of protein and healthy veggies. Her secret ingredient is her family’s own “Misha Mama’s Seasoning”; it’s not yet for sale in stores—though Michel is working to get it trademarked so she can change that. For this dish, she says you can substitute with salt, pepper and garlic powder, or other similar spices that you like. 

Seasoned Salmon With Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Serves: One


1–2 sweet potatoes 

2 tbsps butter

3 oz salmon 

“Misha Mama’s Seasoning” substitute: salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste

Old Bay Seasoning, to taste 

Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning, to taste 

lemon juice, to taste 

lime juice, to taste 

1 cup Brussels sprouts

salt and pepper, to taste

paprika, to taste

balsamic vinegar, to taste

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tbsp honey


1. In a large pot, cover sweet potatoes in salted water, add a tablespoon of butter and boil for 30 minutes.
2. Prepare salmon by rinsing and patting it dry to ensure the seasoning sticks.
3. Coat salmon with “Misha Mama’s Seasoning” substitutes, then add Old Bay Seasoning and Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning. (Completely cover the fish—don’t forget the sides.)
4. Top it off with a squirt each of fresh lemon and lime juice, and rub it all in.
5. With an air fryer at 425 degrees, or oven at 350 degrees, bake salmon on a nonstick pan for 20–30 minutes, or until browned
6. Rinse the Brussels sprouts, then cut in half and season with salt, pepper, paprika and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
7. When sweet potatoes are done, strain and rinse in cold water. Let cool, then peel and mash. Mix in a tablespoon of butter and brown sugar.
8. When salmon is cooked, roast your Brussels in air fryer for 5–10 minutes or oven for 20–30 minutes.
9. Before serving, remove skin from salmon, and drizzle honey on top of Brussels.

You can also try this dish with a different protein, like chicken, and other vegetables, like broccoli, or swap in black beans for extra protein. 

Favorite Cooking Accompaniment: Calm music—a favorite is Erykah Badu

“If I ever have a cooking question, I call my mom to make sure I’m doing everything right.”