Balancing Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon

By December 30, 2017 January 9th, 2018 Fish, Paleo, Recipes

After the holiday festivities, I look forward to eating food that restores my physical and emotional balance. Do you know healthy fats are the antidote to sugar cravings?  This Balancing Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon is an elegant dish full of the kind of fat that satisfies you and balances your blood sugar.

Garlic Herb Crusted SalmonIt’s fine to indulge a little between Thanksgiving and New Years as long as you return to eating nutrient-dense food that supports your well-being once the holidays are over.  This Balancing Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon will do that for you. It’s an incredibly delicious dish that’s really simple to make.

There are only a few ingredients; wild-caught salmon, grass-fed butter, lemon, garlic, parsley, dill, and almond flour.  It only takes a few minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook. It’s easy to make and is impressive enough to make you feel special.  Serve it with an assortment of vegetables like Cauliflower Rice and Sauteed Spinach and Radicchio for a super blood-sugar balancing, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting elegant meal.

Wild caught salmon is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It contains high amounts of Omega 3’s, a natural anti-inflammatory food.  It’s those healthy Omega 3 fats that also boost your metabolism, fill you up and prevent sugar cravings.

Omega-3-rich foods like salmon improve our brain function, especially memory.  We need that for healthy aging.  As we travel through the decades, it’s important to feed our brain plenty of good fat.  Salmon also contains Vitamin D and selenium which help protect the nervous system and can even improve our mood.

I like to make this dish with grass-fed butter.  Do you know butter is a healthy food?  For years we were told butter was a ‘health villain’ to be avoided. But it’s just not true. Butter is not linked to heart disease and diabetes. Butter improves your body’s immunity, as it aids the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Grass-fed butter has high levels of butyric acid, a health-promoting acid that reduces inflammation.

Butter contains MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides) which helps the body burn fat. The MCTs are converted immediately into fuel for your body’s muscles and organs.  They don’t turn into fat, instead, they turn into energy. Since they are very satisfying,  you eat less making it easy to lose those extra holiday pounds.

If butter isn’t part of your eating plan, this dish can be made with ghee or olive oil.  Both are healthy and delicious.

In addition to providing energy, the healthy fat found in salmon and grass-fed butter protect your organs, maintain cell membranes and help the body absorb and process nutrients.

Increasing the intake of healthy fat helps you lose weight, but not if you eat lots of sugar too.  As you increase your fat intake, reduce carbs to further encourage your body to burn fat for energy.  As you eat more healthy fat you’ll have lots of energy and won’t feel the need to eat many carbs.  

To make this dish melt the butter, add the chopped garlic, herbs, lemon, salt, and pepper. Pour that over the salmon and sprinkle with a little almond flour. The almond flour makes a nice brown crust. Put it into a broiler or oven for 10 minutes and you have a beautiful dish.

I like to mash the garlic with the salt, using the side of a chef’s knife, to make it into a paste. Click here to see how to do it.  It spreads better over the salmon.  But chopping it also works.


I love this recipe and hope you make it often. It’s one of those go-to recipes to have as part of your cooking repertoire. You can use other fish besides salmon too! Isn’t it great when you can cook and eat easy, delicious food that makes you feel so good?

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Balancing Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon

Balancing Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon

  • Author: Ingrid DeHart -
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons grass fed butter or ghee or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • dash of  black pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds wild salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond flour


  1. Preheat broiler on high or oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop garlic, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and mash with the side of a chef’s knife until you have a puree. Alternately just finely chop the garlic.
  3. Melt butter or ghee in a small sauté pan.
  4. Add garlic, lemon juice, parsley, dill, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  5. Place the salmon fillet on broiling pan or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Using a spoon, spread the lemon-herb mixture evenly over the top of the fillet.
  7. Sprinkle with the almond flour.
  8. Broil on the middle rack for 8-10 minutes, or until salmon is almost cooked through for medium rare. It should still be a little pink in the middle, as it will continue to cook once removed from the oven. If you like salmon more well-done leave it to cook a few more minutes but turn the temperature down to 400 degrees so the top doesn’t burn. This method gives you a nice crunchy, caramelized crust.
  9. Alternately the fish can be baked in a 400-degree oven on the top rack for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

  • Category: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Option
  • Cuisine: Healthy, American

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