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Baked Coconut-Crusted Salmon

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Baked Coconut-Crusted Salmon

Baked Coconut-Crusted Salmon.

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Prepared with unsweetened shredded coconut and Alaskan King Salmon, this is one of the simplest, healthy-yet-decadent ways to prepare fish on weeknights. It's suited for gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo diets, but doesn't taste at all like diet food! Served with a simple garlicky broccolini, you'll come back to this recipe whenever you find that perfect fillet.

As with any recipe intended for persons with dietary restrictions or allergies, make sure to read the ingredients labels on all ingredients to make sure that there are no dairy-derived ingredients or ingredients unsafe for people on a gluten-free diet.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Alaskan King Salmon, skinned*, sliced into 4 3-ounce pieces
  • Fresh lime juice, from the juice of two limes
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T. cold water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Garlicky Broccolini (recipe below)
  • Chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)

Preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Rise the salmon well under cold water. Squeeze the lime juice onto each of the pieces and on all sides (you can do this on a tray or plate.) Set aside.

3. Place the shredded coconut in a small bowl, and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the egg with the cold water until well mixed. Dip each of the salmon pieces in the egg wash, then roll each salmon piece in the coconut until completely coated.

4. Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, or until browned on the outside and appropriately done in the middle. Serve immediately, seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, with garlicky broccolini (recipe below) and fresh tomatoes.

*ask your local fishmonger to skin the salmon for you to save on time

Garlicky Broccolini:

  • 2 bunches broccolini, rinsed well
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 T. fresh minced garlic
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1. Bring a small pot of water to a roiling boil. Blanch the broccolini for 2 minutes or until bright green and tender-crisp. Transfer to ice water immediately to stop the cooking, then drain and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the lemon zest, minced garlic, and fresh lemon juice. Heat for 1 minute, then add the broccolini to the pan. Toss the broccolini with the other ingredients and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Transfer the broccolini to a serving dish and add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

    Cook's Note:

      Steamed broccoli, sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus, and sauteed kale are all great options as well.
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