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No-Fail Keto Baked Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

Baked Keto Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 25 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/4 cups cilantro, packed
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 4- 5 oz. pieces of fresh salmon
  • pinch of salt and pepper for each piece of fish

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.

2

For the cilantro pesto sauce:

To a food processor, add the garlic and pine nuts. Turn on and process until finely chopped, about 3-5 seconds. Add in half the oil and all the cilantro, and process for a few more seconds. Add in the remaining oil, salt, parmesan cheese, and lime juice, and process until smooth. If it's too thick, add another tablespoon of oil.

3

Pat the fish dry and place skin side down on the sheet pan. Season each piece with a pinch of salt and pepper. Spoon a couple of teaspoons of pesto over each piece of fish.

4

Bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes until fish is flaky and cooked through. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 4 pieces of fish, Serving Size: 5 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 567, Total Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Net Carbohydrates: 3g, Total Fat: 46g, Protein: 34g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.
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placing pesto on the keto salmon

Could you use a fresh new way to serve salmon for dinner?

Consider baking salmon in the oven with a quick homemade cilantro pesto bursting with lime and cilantro flavors, but also has parmesan cheese and pine nuts like traditional pesto. Once baked, the pesto caramelizes over the fish, for a flavorful keto salmon dish!

cilantro pesto ingredients

If you love eating salmon at restaurants, yet have been intimidated to cook it at home, never fear! A flaky piece of baked keto salmon is simple to pull off any night of the week with just 10 minutes in the oven. After coating the fish with the flavorful pesto sauce, it cooks up quickly in the oven without having to give too much attention to the cooking process!

Plus, salmon is a great fish for keto with 0 carbs and lots of healthy fats, along with nutrients like B12 and Vitamin D3.

pesto in a food processor

Hip Recipe Tips:

    • Not a cilantro fan? You can always substitute in basil or parsley as other herb options.
    • I’m using pine nuts here, but you can use another nut like pecans or almonds.
    • Traditional pesto uses olive oil (and you can use it here too) but I thought the combination of cilantro and avocado oil here was YUM! Avocado oil is so great for keto because of its healthy fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties.
    • This sauce is pretty versatile, as the cilantro pesto mix would be delicious baked over chicken or steak, too!

cilantro pesto in a small bowl

pesto in a bowl next to salmon

putting cilantro pesto salmon in the oven

cilantro pesto salmon on parchment paper


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Baked Keto Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 25 MINUTES

Whip up this brightly flavored cilantro pesto and then bake it over a piece of flaky salmon for an outstanding keto dinner all will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/4 cups cilantro, packed
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 4- 5 oz. pieces of fresh salmon
  • pinch of salt and pepper for each piece of fish

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.

2

For the cilantro pesto sauce:

To a food processor, add the garlic and pine nuts. Turn on and process until finely chopped, about 3-5 seconds. Add in half the oil and all the cilantro, and process for a few more seconds. Add in the remaining oil, salt, parmesan cheese, and lime juice, and process until smooth. If it's too thick, add another tablespoon of oil.

3

Pat the fish dry and place skin side down on the sheet pan. Season each piece with a pinch of salt and pepper. Spoon a couple of teaspoons of pesto over each piece of fish.

4

Bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes until fish is flaky and cooked through. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 4 pieces of fish, Serving Size: 5 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 567, Total Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Net Carbohydrates: 3g, Total Fat: 46g, Protein: 34g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

baked keto salmon with cilantro

This fish was flaky and had so much bright & fresh flavor!

My family absolutely loved this recipe and I was excited my kids did too. It was such a simple dish to prepare and I added a side of steamed broccoli to go along with it. I think a side of cauliflower rice would be yummy too — enjoy!

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