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Almond & Sesame-Crusted Salmon

So I’ve been experimenting with Instagram’s reels these days and it’s not as easy as one might think! Let’s just say… every second counts. πŸ˜‰

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If you haven’t seen IG’s new reel installation, it is a way to create fun, 15 second videos that you can share instantly. What I love so much about it is that you can select your speed, filter and music- making it anything but boring. It’s very similar to an Instagram story but it’s meant to grab the attention of others much quicker. Moreover, you can post a reel to your feed so it’s there for as long as possible! So as I practice using and becoming more comfortable with the reels, what better way to express myself than by cooking food? Did you actually think I would use reel for anything else?!

I received a lot of positive feedback on this delicious and unique salmon recipe. I feel like salmon had it’s moment about 10 years ago and now people are just over it. Does anyone else feel the same way? You can either have salmon that is full of flavor, cooked perfectly and leaves you feeling so satisfied, or you can eat salmon that’s over-cooked, sad and tasteless. This salmon here is a party in your mouth.

Salmon is a fatty fish-loaded with Omega 3’s making it good for you skin, hair and brain. Yes, your brain. Why do you think people take fish pills? Our brains are made up of 60% fat- most of the fat being Omega 3’s. There is scientific evidence to prove that salmon along with other fatty fish help reduce the risk for depression. Life feels so crazy these days so I need all of the salmon and omega 3s I can get!

Almond & Sesame-Crusted Salmon

The easiest way to make salmon a total showstopper.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet or Baking Sheet
  • Spatula
  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 2 6oz Salmon Filets
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp White Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Honey Soy Glaze

  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Zest

Instructions
 

Using Cast Iron Skillet

  • Place the cast iron skillet inside the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with skillet inside.
  • In the meantime, using a food processor, process the almonds until they are crumbly.
  • Add the processed almonds to a bowl with the sesame seeds. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle the salmon filets with salt and pepper.
  • Spread a layer of mayonnaise onto the salmon. *This will provide flavor while ensuring the almond/sesame seed topping sticks to the fish.*
  • Sprinkle the almond/sesame seed mixture onto the salmon.
  • Carefully, remove the hot skillet from the oven. Place the fish skin-side down onto the hot skillet.
  • Roast the salmon in the oven for 14-16 minutes.
  • While the salmon cooks, combine the soy sauce, honey and lemon. *You shouldn't have to season with salt as the soy sauce is already very salty.*

Using a Baking Sheet

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the prepared fish onto the parchment paper and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Notes

The fish tastes great with or without the soy/honey glaze.Β 
I paired my salmon with a fresh, summer salad but it would also be perfect with a rice pilaf, quinoa or orzo pasta.Β 

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