If you are looking for easy healthy salmon recipes look no further. Try this baked nut crusted salmon recipe for a delicious low carb dinner. It’s topped with a delicious herb, nut and parmesan crust that add so much flavor and takes minutes to make. Each serving has only 1.7g net carbs!
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Since my son finally developed a love of salmon, we eat it once a week. Many times my husband will smoke it or I will make dishes like this easy baked nut crusted salmon recipe. It’s super easy and very flavorful. My husband took the leftovers to work and raved about it the next day. So if you are looking for healthy salmon dishes check this one out.
What kind of salmon to buy
I used to buy a whole salmon filet from Costco and sometimes I still do. However Aldi now sells them for the same price and it’s much closer to home for me. I like to buy fresh salmon as opposed to frozen so if you can buy fresh. I think this recipe will work with frozen filets too because the crust has so much flavor, however I have not tried it.
Also you can buy cut filets if you want instead of the whole fish. We like it so much that I like to have leftovers and it seems more economical to buy a whole fish filet. But you don’t have to.
Nut Crusted Salmon Ingredients
Below you can see the ingredients I used in this baked salmon recipe. I used roasted hazelnuts because I had a huge bag leftover from my chocolate hazelnut butter. You can also use roasted almonds, pecans or walnuts. The other ingredients are fresh parsley, grated Parmesan cheese, butter, lemon zest and garlic.
Making the nut crust for the salmon
This nut crust will take just a few minutes to make. In a food process add the parsley and garlic cloves to get them finely minced. Then add in the roasted hazelnuts or whatever nut you are using. Make sure they grind up to a breadcrumb texture.
Then in a bowl add the nut mixture with the Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and melted butter. Set that aside and grab your salmon filets.
Baked Nut Crusted Salmon recipe
Take your salmon and cut it up into pieces or leave it whole and place them on a sprayed cookie sheet. Take the nut mixture and spoon it on the pieces of salmon in equal amounts. Then take your hands and press and spread it over the top of the filets.
How long to bake salmon
The amount of time you bake the salmon will depend on the thickness and how you like your salmon cooked. In a 425°F oven the basic rule of thumb is 4 – 6 minutes per 1/2 inch of salmon. Mine was about 1 inch thick and was cooked through in 10 minutes. I love cooking articles from the Kitchn like this one on how to bake salmon in the oven.
If you like it a little more pink in the middle, go for the lower range and if you like it completely cooked go for the higher range.
Looking for a low carb side dish to go with salmon?
I like to just eat salmon with vegetables because it’s a fatty fish. It is very satisfying and rich so the vegetables seem to be enough for me. Some great roasted or easy low carb side dishes to serve with this are:
- roasted zucchini and tomatoes
- roasted veggie noodles
- tomato and spinach cauliflower rice
- green beans with bacon
- Mediterranean brussels sprouts
- roasted winter vegetables
- zucchini noodles with lemon parmesan
Well if you love salmon as much as my family does, give this easy baked nut crusted salmon a try. It’s so easy and delicious and there’s a lot of room for improvising. Try different nuts, cheeses or herbs. Also try it on different types of fish if you want. The nutritional information for 1 serving is:
475 cals / 32.7g fat / 3.7g carbs / 2g fiber / 42.3g protein =1.7g net carbs
Easy Baked Nut Crusted Salmon
If you are looking for easy healthy salmon recipes look no further. Try this baked nut crusted salmon recipe for a delicious low carb dinner. It's topped a delicious herb, nut and parmesan crust that add so much flavor and takes minutes to make. Each serving has only 1.7g net carbs!
- 2 lbs salmon filets or whole fish
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 zest of lemon
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Preaheat oven to 425°F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
If you buy a whole salmon and you want to pre cut your salmon into filets do that now. Or you can keep it whole. Either way, place your salmon on the cookie sheet skin side down.
In a food processor add the parsely and garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Then add in the hazelnut and process until the nuts are all chopped.
Pour the nut mixture into a bowl and mix in the lemon zest, parmesan cheese and melted butter.
Take the nut mixture and carefully spoon over salmon and press down to make it stick to the fish.
Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon. Rule of thumb is 4-6 minutes per 1/2 inch of thickness where the 4 minutes will be a bit rare and 6 minutes cooked through. Mine was roughly 1 inch thick and took 10 minutes.
Let set for 5 minutes before eating.