Do you ever find yourself yearning for a quick and easy recipe that not only satisfies your taste buds but also packs a healthy punch? Well, look no further! Today, we have a delightful culinary creation for you—Lemon Walnut-Crusted Salmon. This dish is a perfect blend of flavors and textures that will leave your palate singing and your body thanking you for its nutritious goodness.

Why Lemon Walnut-Crusted Salmon?

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about why this dish is a standout winner.

1. Abundant Healthy Fats: This recipe is brimming with anti-inflammatory healthy fats, courtesy of the salmon and walnuts. Healthy fats are essential for overall well-being, from supporting brain health to maintaining glowing skin.

2. Bursting with Flavor: With zesty lemon, aromatic garlic, and the refreshing note of dill, this salmon dish takes your taste buds on a delightful journey. It’s proof that healthy eating doesn’t mean compromising on flavor.

3. Versatile and Easy: Lemon Walnut-Crusted Salmon is incredibly versatile. Whether you’re preparing a quick weeknight dinner or hosting a dinner party, it’s a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s a breeze to make.

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 dashes crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup (15 g) gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup (35 grams) finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1-lb (450 g) skinless salmon fillet
  • Olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray


  • Preheat the Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 425ºF/220ºC. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If you opt for foil, remember to spray it with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the Mustard Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh dill, sea salt, and a dash or two of crushed red pepper. This mixture will infuse your salmon with layers of mouthwatering flavors.
  • Create the Walnut Coating: In a separate bowl, mix together the gluten-free panko breadcrumbs, finely chopped walnuts, and a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. This is where the magic happens—crunchy, nutty goodness.
  • Assemble the Salmon: Lay the skinless salmon fillet on your prepared baking sheet. Now, spread the mustard mixture evenly over the salmon, ensuring every inch is bathed in its tangy glory.
  • Walnut Crunch Time: Sprinkle the walnut mixture generously over the mustard-coated salmon. This is where the texture comes into play, with the walnuts providing a satisfying crunch.
  • A Final Touch: Lightly mist your creation with olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray. This step adds a hint of moisture and helps the walnut coating turn golden and irresistible.
  • Baking Brilliance: Pop the baking sheet into your preheated oven and let your salmon bake for about 10-12 minutes. Keep a close eye on it. Your salmon is ready when it flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve and Savor: Plate your Lemon Walnut-Crusted Salmon with a smile. You’ve just prepared a healthy, delectable dish that’s sure to impress!

Versatility Bonus: If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, chop up the salmon and toss it into a fresh salad for a delightful lunch the next day.

Whether you’re enjoying this meal solo on a quiet evening or sharing it with loved ones, Lemon Walnut-Crusted Salmon is a culinary adventure worth embarking on. It proves that healthy eating can be a tantalizing treat for your taste buds and a boon for your well-being. Bon appétit!

Make it an amazing day,

Keith, Michelle & More Team

P.S. Eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen every day or eat bland and boring meals.