Paleo Plan

Almond Crusted Salmon

Makes dinner for two adults.

Approximate cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb salmon fillet(s), skin on
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a few sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine almond meal, coriander and cumin in a small bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the salmon fillet(s) with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Coat each fillet with the almond meal mixture (both sides).
  5. Place skin side down on a broiler pan, greased lightly with coconut oil.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  7. Top with freshly chopped cilantro before serving.

This recipe inspired in part or in whole from here.


15 Comments

  1. There is no salt in the Paleo diet.

    • Jason G.

      @HRM, Salt is a completely optional item, and we know many very strict Paleo-eaters who still use negligible amounts in their food. However, feel free to omit it from any of our recipes if you prefer.

  2. What is a almond meal?

    • Almond meal is the same as Almond Flour, and can be made via this recipe (Almond Flour), or you can buy it here on Amazon (pack of 4). I personally love Bob’s Red Mills, but you can get other kinds too.

  3. vtrejo210

    Can we subtitute the salmon with tilapia?

    • Vtrejo210 – sure! You may need to cook it for a little less time, though. Just watch it carefully.

  4. I’m new to this whole Paleo thing….why is salt not Paleo?

  5. Swap flax meal for almond meal?

  6. attackferret

    I just made this, and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I do have one question: I cooked the salmon at 350, and ended up leaving it in nearly twice as long as recommended before the middle seemed done. I looked up other baked salmon recipes, and most seemed to advise temperatures between 375 and 425. I don’t really know a whole lot about baking fish, in general – is it better to cook it at a higher temp for a shorter time, or to use the lower temp and cook it for longer?

    • Neely Quinn

      attackferret – Cooking temp is based on med rare…you can always cook it for a longer time to get it to how you prefer. We kept it at 350 based on convenience with other Paleo Plan recipes– it will always need a side, and most likely would be baked veggies at the same temp. If you’re preparing it without a side that needs the same oven temp, then we’d suggest using the higher temp for a shorter period of time (or broiling really quick).

  7. Anny531

    HELP!!! I want to start on the paleo plan….I have high blood pressure…(hereditary) on meds…how do I get used to eating without salt? I am 48 and so used to salty foods…even with my elevated blood pressure my docs have not asked me cut out salt…but I want to on my own…any advice would be helpful..thanks

    • Neely Quinn

      Anny531 – That’s another Paleo myth in my opinion. Nobody does well without salt, and hunter gatherer people often went to great lengths to get it, especially if they weren’t eating seafood (animals and plants) regularly. Eat salt. In fact, eat a lot of it in the beginning because your body’s going to be flushing it out during the detox period. Never fear. Eat your salt. I’d be willing to bet your blood pressure will go down even if you put it on most everything you eat. Compared with boxed, pre-packaged, or fast foods, you’re not going to be getting half as much as you’re used to if you’re putting it on yourself.

  8. Anny531, May I suggest use uniodized sea salt. It tastes amazing and I think that you do not need as much as it is a little stronger in flavor (win/win). Since it is so coarse I like to put mine in a little spice grinder (similar to what they used in City Slickers to stampede the cattle); in no time at all you have fine grained, amazing tasting healthier salt.

  9. Iodine that is critical to health. Current literature indicates a growing deficiency especially in vegans and vegetarians. Studies show IQ levels depressed 10 to 15 points in populations with severe iodine shortage. Ill use my sea salt and eat Paleo. Also fish twice a week!

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