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Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) [VIDEO]

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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!

Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon

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.

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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.

Walnut Crusted 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!

Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon

Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

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!



  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Pat dry the salmon and lay out the filets on the parchment paper, skin side down. 

  3. Brush the tops of the salmon with mustard. 

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the dill walnut topping and mix together. 

  5. Press the topping on the salmon, using the mustard to help it stick. 

  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon, until the fish is flaky.

  7. Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 filet)
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 451mg 19%
Potassium 907mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut BombsWhile working with clients going through the RESTART sugar detox program, one of the top concerns they have is what to eat for snacks and how to kill those awful cravings that hit at odd hours, especially during their first week. The key is to always be prepared and to have the right snacks available, so you don’t go off-plan with a “what the heck do I eat” feeling and grab that box of sugar-filled cereal. One of my favorite ways to stay on track is to eat high fat snack bites, called fat bombs, that’ll fill you up quickly while killing those cravings. I love using coconut anything to make fat bombs because it’s easy to digest and the body primarily uses it for energy, instead of storing it as fat. I recently made these blueberry walnut coconut fat bombs that really did the job for me.

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut BombsYou can cool and harden these fat bombs in a prettier silicon mold, but I’m lazy and I just leave them in a loaf pan in the fridge, then cut them into squares once they harden. The walnuts add a delicious crunch to each bite, and the blueberries give a slight sweetness that you might be craving without throwing your blood sugar off balance. I highly recommend you make a batch for the week to get ready for your new low-sugar lifestyle, and see how great you can feel!

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Author: Jean Choi



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place blueberries in a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into fine pieces.
  3. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  4. Pour coconut oil. coconut butter, maple syrup, and blueberries in the pan (no need to combine thoroughly) and bake for 10 minutes until coconut oil and coconut butter are melted, and the blueberries are cooked.
  5. Take out of the oven and let it cook for 10 minutes, then stir in shredded coconut and chopped walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 30 minutes to let the mixture harden.
  7. When ready to eat, pull out the parchment paper to remove the hardened layer from the pan.
  8. Cut into to mini squares and sprinkle with cinnamon if you wish.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs

Pesto Cauliflower Bites

Pesto Cauliflower Bites

Well, I thought I would go through this winter without getting sick, but no such luck. I finally came down with a cold and a slight fever. I’m not surprised. This Northern Californian weather has been quite fickle lately, switching from rainy cold to sunny 60s sometimes in the same day. I’m actually not hating that I’m sick. I’ve been go go go for the past few weeks and haven’t had a chance to slow down and catch a break (probably why I’m sick in the first place). But now, I have a great excuse to Netflix and chill (literally!), drink a ton of bone broth, and take much needed naps.

Enough about my lame cold. Have you seen my announcement about the RESTART® program I’m launching on February 16th? It’s a 5-week online class where participants can learn about nutrition, and get support from me and fellow classmates while they go through a sugar detox to help them end cravings and boost their energy. If you are interested in improving your health and learning how the food you eat affects your body, then read more about the program and sign up!

Speaking of healthy nutrition, I have a seriously delicious recipe that’s sugar free and filled with nourishing, energizing fats. I’ve recently been eyeing romanesco cauliflower at the farmers market because they are so cool looking and reminds me that nature is amazing, so I picked up a head and made this beautiful side dish. Of course, you can use regular cauliflower, but I love the bight green color of the romensco cauliflower that really stands out at the end when mixed with pesto.

Pesto Cauliflower Bites 

Pesto Cauliflower Bites

Pesto Cauliflower Bites

When I’m not sure what to do with a vegetable, my go-to way to cook it is to roast it with some ghee, salt, and pepper, and it always turns out so good. I followed that same method with the cauliflower, but added pesto to it at the end which kicked the flavor up a notch to another level.

Oh, what good sauce can do to a dish!

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Pesto Cauliflower Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Jean Choi


  • 1 head cauliflower (I used Romanesco but any kind works)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • 1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut cauliflower into bite sized florets and place on a baking pan.
  3. Toss cauliflower with ghee or avocado oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, shaking the pan half way through.
  5. While the cauliflower is baking, heat a dry pan on the stove top over medium high heat.
  6. Add chopped walnuts to the pan and toss for 5 minutes until they are browned and toasted.
  7. Remove from heat and place into a food processor or a blender with the rest of the pesto ingredients.
  8. Blend until the pesto is completely combined and creamy.
  9. Once the cauliflower is roasted, place is a large bowl, pour the pesto over it, and mix well.
  10. Sprinkle crush red pepper flakes before serving (optional).

 Pesto Cauliflower Bites - Paleo Gluten Free Whole30