A Little About the Recipe: Simple Salted Salmon Fillet
Simple, Salted Salmon Fillet recipe was one of my earliest discoveries when I started the paleo diet and with it, my experimenting in the kitchen. I had previously found a nice looking recipe for salmon on the internet and set about with my salmon, salt and lemons. A little while later, I forced down my salted lemons with a moderately fishy aftertaste. Yummy… err… no, definitely not! As I am not the biggest fan of seafood anyway, it put me off any fish for quite some time. That is until, spurred on by the knowledge that fish is healthy and that I should force down some fish, I thought I might try again. This time though, I would try without lemons! I tried desperately to find a fish recipe without lemons. It should have been easy. It wasn’t. There seems to be some unwritten law forcing the general population to have lemons with fish. It’s not that I particularly mind lemons with my fish, but it would be nice to go without as well. Eventually, I gave up searching and guessed, and this is the recipe exactly the same many years later.
I Recommend This
As with many of the simple recipes, Simple Salted Salmon Fillet fits all diets, and the only decision is what to put with it. I don’t know about you, but I tend to need a filling side dish with seafood, even with salmon, which is one of the fattier fish we eat.
For paleo, paleo-ish and whole30
For paleo, paleo-ish and whole30, I would suggest Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs for lunch. It’s a nice combination of flavours, and the avocado and eggs are filling. Put the salmon in the oven, and you can have the Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs ready in the time it’s cooking. For dinner, I think Sweet Potato Fries are a great side. They can be baked in the oven, at the same temperature and within the same time as the salmon. It’s so much easier when everything cooks together. On the side, add in one of the fresher salads like Avocado and Red Bell Pepper Salad with Bilberries. And, there you go, every food group covered – except for the bad ones we try to avoid on the paleo diet.
Keto and Atkins’ Maintenance
Keto and Atkins Maintenance dieters could use the same lunch, the Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs. Along with the Simple Salted Salmon Fillet, it’s a modest 3.6g net and 4.6 in total carbs. The protein is higher than the fat content, but a knob of butter or Easy Homemade Mayonnaise would fix that problem. I would add the Mashed Cauliflower and half a loaf of Low Net Carb Chia Bread with butter on the side for a keto dinner. This meal would be 13.1g net carbs with approximately 60g of protein for an entire main meal and a super filling one at that.
For an Atkins’ Maintenance dinner, the Goats’ Cheese and Mixed Pepper Frittata will make a good combination. It’s done at the same temperature in the oven and takes only five minutes longer. The difference between the fat and protein within each dish will balance each other out, so you will end up quite even for the two.
Atkins’ Induction was a bit more difficult. I would not recommend this salmon for your main meal. I just don’t believe there is a good combination that would be filling enough without adding in more meat. In such a case, I always think, “Why bother?”, have the salmon for lunch. If I’m wrong, ignore me and go ahead. But, I suggest having it for lunch if you are in your two weeks of Induction with a plain omelette and a cup of salad greens. Have a A Juicy and Tender Beef Roast for a main meal instead.
And Here It Is: Simple Salted Salmon Fillet
Simple Salted Salmon Fillet
- 2x 200 g salmon fillets
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pre-heat a fan-assisted oven to 200 deg C (or 400 deg F).
- Pat dry the salmon with some kitchen paper
- Rub the salt evenly onto all the sides of the salmon fillets.
- Make an aluminium foil 'packet' for each salmon fillet which will form a self-contained 'environment' to bake them in.
- Pour 1 tbsp of the oil over each salmon.
- Seal the aluminium foil 'packet' and place them onto a baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 25 mins.