This recipe is a perfect example that keto is simple — and delicious. You don’t need long lists of various ingredients or complicated procedures to prepare tasty keto meals. Just take some salmon, season with a few carefully selected common seasonings, bake, and enjoy!
How to make this Super Simple Baked Salmon
As you must have read from the introduction, this recipe is particularly simple, and you need only a few very common ingredients.
Wild-caught salmon is the best — if you can catch some — but regular salmon is better than no salmon!
That said, you can naturally use other types of fish for this dish, especially if those are wild.
To maximize your health and the dish’s flavor, use organic seasonings and natural salt like unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt.
Well, to explain more about this recipe would make it sound too complicated, so let’s take a look at how to prepare this simple yet satisfying keto meal:
Take 1 pound (450 g) salmon fillets.
Lay the fillets into a baking dish, so they do not overlap extensively or at maximum on the thin parts.
Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon (or to taste) of natural salt on top.
Sprinkle also 1 teaspoon onion powder (my favorite natural flavor enhancer number one) on top.
Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of good-quality extra-virgin olive oil on top.
If you still fancy more flavor, dust the fish very light-handedly with ground white pepper.
Ready to bake!
Bake in the preheated oven at 400 °F (200 °C) for about half an hour or until just done. Don’t overbake, or the fish turns out dry.
Remove from the oven.
Serve preferably decorated with fresh herbs — they lend fabulous flavor, too. Be sure to serve some lemon wedges on the side. I have my lemons in the textiles in the photo!
How I came up with this easy keto salmon recipe
As you can imagine, coming up with this simple dish didn’t need much brainwork, just some experience in cooking to come up with the ideal amounts of seasonings.
Actually, if you have been following me, you see this same photo in my last week’s post. I developed this salmon recipe for our Finnish keto meal plan that we will provide for free.
I’m all about simple keto recipes. My mission has been to make the keto diet easy and simple to follow for over a decade.
I have to admit that I have done quite a similar recipe copious times before, however, not this exact one. Usually, I just sprinkled salt and onion powder on top of the salmon fillets and baked. It has worked well and tasted great.
This time, however, I wanted to drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top. In addition, I added a light-handed shake of ground white pepper. Now, the flavor was superb!
The dish was so simple yet so good that there is no chance to fail even if you have never cooked before!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 pound (450 g) salmon fillets
- 1 teaspoon (or to taste) natural salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- pinch of ground white pepper
- 2 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
- Lay the salmon fillets into a baking dish so that they do not overlap extensively, or at maximum on the thin parts.
- Sprinkle the salt, onion powder, and the white pepper on the fillets.
- Drizzle the olive oil as well on the fillets.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the fish is just done. Don't overbake!
- Serve hot, preferably decorated with fresh herbs and some lemon wedges on the side.
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|Nutrition information||In total||Per serving if 4 servings in total|
|Protein||91.1 g||22.8 g|
|Fat||101.3 g||25.3 g|
|Net carbs||1.3 g||0.3 g|
|kcal||1272 kcal||318 kcal|
Tips for variations
The easiest way to give variation to this dish is naturally to switch seasonings. But which seasonings go well with salmon? Here are some suggestions: black pepper, crushed or sliced garlic, garlic powder, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, Cajun seasoning, and, believe it or not: erythritol-based brown sugar substitute.
And like I mentioned earlier in this post, you can use almost any fish in this dish, salmon is not a must. Since olive oil provides genuinely good fats, you can use white-fleshed fish or any fish which is not that fatty.
To add more flavor to this dish, you can add herbs already before baking. Try thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley, sage, tarragon, dill, or basil. Usually, Finns prefer dill with their salmon, but my favorite is oregano (as you can see from the photo).
Many fish dishes use lemon slices before baking. However, to my palate, lemon tastes unappetizing when baked. Therefore, I prefer to drizzle fresh lemon juice on my serving when eating the dish. However, if you find the taste of baked lemon palatable, by all means, add a few lemon slices on top of the fish before baking. Alternatively, you can add lemon zest.
Other citrus fruits go well, too. Try orange slices or orange zest — the amount of carbs is negligible, especially if you don’t eat the fruit but just let it lend some taste to the fish. Lime is naturally another fantastic citrus alternative.
Instead of olive oil, add a few pats of good old butter on top of the fish before baking. Butter makes the dish better suited for carnivores.
To make this meal even heartier, you can top it with chopped bacon or grated cheese before baking. Alternatively, you can add chopped boiled eggs on top right before serving. Or, how about serving the salmon topped with this rich Foolproof Hollandaise Sauce?
This week I spent mostly on writing. One newspaper supplement article took longer than expected due to it being too provocative for the newspaper! I kept changing it a lot. As you can guess, the article was about nutrition and especially obesity in Finland.
In the end, we managed to write a version that pleased the newspaper (or should we say it doesn’t scare away the advertisers in the newspaper). The article will be published at the end of this month.
For the weekend, I came to beautiful Rantasalmi, located in Eastern Finland. We have many nice activities here like yoga, canoeing, and catching fish.
There are plenty of wild strawberries as well. I carried them in a traditional Finnish way, by stringing them on a grass. Usually, we use timothy, but as I didn’t find any, I had to settle with this unknown grass variety.
It’s also the season for meadowsweet. The flowers both look beautiful and smell wonderful. Meadowsweet is a mildly medicinal herb that also lends a fabulous, naturally sweet flavor to desserts. I’m actually fancying a creamy dessert with meadowsweet, so I might come up with an ex tempore treat with these beauties.