This paleo and Whole30-friendly Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon is ready in less than 30 minutes and you’ll love the crunchy crust packed with a ton of flavor!
I think I found a new favorite way to enjoy salmon! I’ve never had walnut crusted salmon before making this version, and I thought I would try something new in honor of Wild Alaska Salmon Day coming up on August 10th. I’m so glad I did because I’m in love with the crunchy topping in combination with the yummy salmon filet.
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Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon Recipe
This recipe super easy to make, while being healthy and delicious. It’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly, and the combination of spices in the walnut crust gives the Alaska salmon a ton of flavor.
Chopped walnuts are combined with fresh dill, paprika, onion power, salt and pepper, and this delicious savory combo is pressed on top of Alaska salmon filets which have been spread thinly with dijon mustard. The whole thing is then baked to golden crispy perfection, and you have a fantastic meal to serve alongside your favorite veggies and sides.
Choosing the Best Quality Salmon
One of my top priorities when I cook anything is the quality of ingredients I’m using, and it’s no exception when it comes to salmon. The first thing I look for on the label is to always make sure that they are wild-caught over farm raised. Next, I like to choose Alaska salmon to ensure I’m eating the highest quality fish.
Why Alaska Salmon?
- Seafood from Alaska is always sustainable and wild, and their high quality seafood is available all year round whether fresh or frozen.
- The natural environment of Alaska produces salmon that is full of beneficial vitamins and minerals, with a high dose of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Frozen Alaska salmon also contain those healthy nutrients and are just as tasty as fresh, because they are flash frozen at the time of harvest to maintain the utmost purity and freshness.
- Alaska salmon is harvested by fishermen who follow the most sustainable practices to ensure the highest quality and best tasting seafood.
To learn more about Alaska salmon and their awesome benefits and sustainability practices, read all about it in the Ultimate Guide to Wild Alaska Salmon.
Where to Find Alaska Salmon
I found that it was relatively easy to find wild Alaska Salmon around me. You can find them at Whole Foods and Sprouts either fresh or frozen all throughout the year. But if you have trouble locating them at your grocery store, make sure to ask for it at the seafood counter. I even like to ask servers at restaurants before ordering any kind of seafood dish.
Want more recipes and cooking techniques with Alaska seafood? Make sure to visit Wild Alaska Seafood for hundreds of ways to create a delicious meal with high quality seafood, like this Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon!
Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- 4 wild Alaska sockeye salmon filets boneless
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- Lemon juice for garnish
Dill Walnut Topping
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pat dry the salmon and lay out the filets on the parchment paper, skin side down.
- Brush the tops of the salmon with mustard.
- In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the dill walnut topping and mix together.
- Press the topping on the salmon, using the mustard to help it stick.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon, until the fish is flaky.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving.