MAPLE-CRUSTED SALMON

Fresh salmon is one of the best Paleo staples, and for good reason – this versatile and tasty protein is full of healthy micronutrients, quick to prepare, and easy to find. While most salmon recipes usually focus on adding savory or spicy ingredients, this unique recipe gives you a salmon dish that is delectably sweet. The use of maple syrup and other sauce ingredients create an unexpected, candied appearance to the salmon. Altogether, the dish works as a simple and distinctive dinner course that even young diners will try.

Locating salmon is as easy as visiting your local grocery’s seafood counter, but take note: Not all salmon is created equal. Just as with any other seafood, consider the pros and cons of what you’re purchasing. Less expensive filets may be easier on your budget, but you’ll be making a trade-off for taste, quality, and the environmental impact of the farming practices used. Do some research into the brands of salmon you purchase and consider paying a bit more for salmon that tastes better and doesn’t harm local ecosystems.

This sweet baked salmon is a perfect main course to serve with a variety of sides. For this dish, we love pairing with the grilled eggplant and sun-dried tomato salad – a hearty dose of oil in the dressing creates a more balanced macronutrient count for the meal. You can also try serving with a soup – try this winter vegetable soup for a heartier option.

Maple-Crusted Salmon Recipe

Serves: 4                       Prep: 15 min            Cook: 12 min
Protein: 36g / 36%     Carbs: 17g / 17%     Fat: 21g / 47%

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets;
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped;
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup;
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar;
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos;
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika;
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the walnuts, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, paprika, and chipotle powder; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the salmon filets in a baking dish and cover each piece with the walnut mixture.
  4. Place the baking dish in the oven and cook until the salmon is to your desired doneness, about 8 to 10 minutes.