A Very Simple Wild Alaskan Salmon Recipe

I love simple, 2 or 3 ingredient recipes, especially during the summer. We have a few of them for Wild Alaskan Salmon (see below for info on why we don’t eat farmed salmon), but this one my daughter (I’ll call her Crossfit Paleo girl) created.  She loves to cook, but even she has been doing a lot less of it this summer. It’s just been so hot!

Here’s a photo of her doing a one legged squat while we were by a small river in Vermont:


Here’s the very simple recipe, which Crossfit Paleo girl said was not really a recipe at all because it is so simple. I disagree! She actually has some pretty gourmet recipes that I’m hoping to share with you all sometime, but probably not until the fall.

Lemony Garlic Wild Alaskan Salmon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: PT20 M

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 6 ounces

Lemony Garlic Wild Alaskan Salmon

A very simple wild salmon recipe from www.TransformedByFood.com. Paleo/SCD/GAPS complaint and gluten/dairy free.


  • 1 1/2 lbs wild salmon (King, Sockeye, or Copper River), pre-cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 T fresh garlic, diced (optional - not pictured above)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line pan (I use Pyrex) with unbleached wax baking paper, and place salmon on top, skinless side up.
  3. Sprinkle garlic powder evenly over each piece.
  4. Spread lemon rind across each piece, as well as fresh garlic (if using).
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, remove skin, and serve.

Food for thought:

A very healthy, omega 3 rich fish recipe. Other spices that go really well with salmon are dill, thyme, and paprika. You could even just sprinkle it with Celtic Sea Salt and pepper, and add capers! Those are really good on salmon, too.


We eat wild salmon once a week. It’s so much healthier than farmed salmon (see links below), which isn’t real food to me, since it’s not raised in its natural setting. It’s only available from May through October, so if your local fish store has it year round, I’d be a little bit suspicious of its authenticity.

During the winter and spring, we order ours frozen from Vital Choice, which is a fantastic company, with many products backed by medical professionals. It’s nice to be able to pull it out of the freezer to make a quick and easy meal, without having to buy it fresh all the time. If you want to check it out, here’s my affiliate link. They have Copper River salmon available for a limited time, which is wonderful too.

Yes, yes, I know that Wild Alaskan Salmon is more expensive than farmed salmon, but if you’re really trying to clean up your diet and lifestyle, it’s worth the splurge. If it’s not once a week, then once a month or so.

What I’ve found is that after you’ve been eating high quality food choices for a while, the meals you get at home are better than the ones you get at a restaurant! So, I’d rather eat well at home than eat a questionable meal out any day, especially when it’s quick and easy like this.

I suggest pairing this recipe with a side of steamed broccoli or spinach, and baked or mashed sweet potatoes,  or roasted sweet potatoes.  You add a lot of nutrients, color, and flavor that way.


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Have a happy, healthy day!


About Dawn

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14 Responses to A Very Simple Wild Alaskan Salmon Recipe

  1. Andrea
    July 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I have always been a bit skiddish with seafood. Ever since I was a kid, I haven’t had a taste for it. I know it is incredibly healthy, so I have made a vow to try it again, now that I have an adult palate. This recipe looks delightfully fresh, simple and healthy… I may just have to try it!

    Do you recommend salmon as a “starter fish”?
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    • Dawn July 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      Thank you, Andrea! How kind of you.

      I know some people just don’t like fish, so I can’t say for sure that you will like it. What I can say is that if you are going to give it a try, wild salmon is not only the healthiest choice, but it doesn’t taste as “fishy” as many others do. If you try it with sweet potatoes on the side, I think you’ll find that it has a milder taste. You can also eat it with fresh mango, or some kind of mango salsa; although mango contains a lot of sugar, and like any fruit, is best eaten by itself as a snack, rather than as part of a meal.

      My daughter likes to make salmon patties, which would be another option for you. Combining it with different flavors might do the trick. If you want to try it, let me know and I will ask her what she puts in hers. I’ve never made them before.

      If you don’t end up liking it, it’s perfectly okay to take a good fish or krill oil as a supplement for omega 3 intake instead. 100% grass fed beef is another good source of the healthy fat as well.

      If you give it a try, please let me know what you think! Thanks for your comment. Have a wonderful evening!
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      • Andrea
        July 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

        Awesome, thanks for all of the tips! I love mango, and a mango salsa sounds wonderful. My toddler loves sweet potatoes, and I really hope she’ll like fish as well. I need to try introducing in her diet, even if I don’t eat it myself.

        Do you have a recommendation on a good fish or krill oil, or are all manufacturers equal? I know for sure I don’t get enough Omega 3s, so I should be taking a supplement.

        I will see if I can pick up fresh salmon this weekend, and give it a shot. It always looks so good, so hopefully I will like it!
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        • Dawn July 26, 2013 at 10:25 am #

          You’re welcome! Your toddler is so lucky to have you for a mom. The more whole, unprocessed foods you give to her at this early age, the more likely it is that she’ll develop healthy eating habits that will stay with her for life. I can’t think of a greater gift to a child, other than reading often to her (I have a graduate degree in education, and have a particular passion for children’s books, so promoting literacy is another passion of mine).

          You can find a couple of simple mango salsa recipes here: http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/mango-salsa-chicken/ and here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/mango_salsa/ I may just have to try creating one of my own one of these days, minimizing the mango, since it is so high in sugar. I’ll let you know if I do.

          As for supplements, I will email you with a couple of suggestions.

          Thanks for your comments, and have a happy, healthy weekend!
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