Dukkah-Crusted Baked Salmon Fillets: Try these salmon fillets for a speedy and easy mid-week meal that is fancy enough to serve to company. The nutty dukkah flavours the fillets as the salmon bakes, and needs nothing more than some simple sides for an easy dinner.
Dukkah-Crusted Baked Salmon Fillets
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Fish is one of my favorite fast food meals. It is quick to cook, and needs little more than a salad or a few sides to complete the meal.
I inevitably order fish when out for dinner, however it took years for me to pluck up the courage to try cooking it at home. Many people avoid cooking fish, put off by the fishy odour or the fear of overcooking it and ruining dinner. If that sounds like you, then I have a solution – try baking salmon fillets in the oven. No watching fish in the pan, wondering when to turn it. Just set the timer and walk away.
Salmon, usually sold in meal sized portions, is ideal for baking as its thicker fillets reduce the risk of overcooking in the oven. And whilst there is nothing wrong with a simple piece of fish, why not take it up a notch with a nutty crust of dukkah that flavours the salmon as it cooks. Finish the fillets off with a quick squeeze of lemon as they come out of the oven, and you have the perfect mid-week meal that is fancy enough to serve to company.
Homemade Dukkah vs. Prepackaged
I have made this recipe with both store-bought and homemade dukkah blends. If you can, I urge you to make your own for this dish. The flavour is superior to any pre-made blend I have tried. By making it yourself you can tailor it to your own tastes. Throwing together your own dukkah blend takes little time; however, it readily keeps in the freezer for months. Therefore, you can whip up dukkah-crusted salmon fillets on a whim. Leftover dukkah blend can also be mixed into lamb mince to create speedy koftas, tossed with roast vegetables to add a little crunch, or simply eaten with fresh pitta bread.
Cook more salmon than required for dinner, and you will have tasty leftovers for easy lunches through the week. Toss the salmon with greens and Caesar dressing for a tasty salad, or flake the fillets into a grain bowl for an easy work lunch. You will never look at salmon the same way again. Promise!
Helpful Health Note
- Wild Salmon is exceptionally high in healthful omega-3 fatty acids. When it comes to animal-based food choices, science has demonstrated that Salmon is among the healthiest choices we can make .
Fun Sides for this Dish
- Roasted Vegetables Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
- Navel Orange and Kale Salad
- Pasta E Fagioli (Soup)
- Eclair Ice Box Cake
Dukkah-Crusted Baked Salmon Fillets
- 4 salmon fillets approx 7oz each
- Olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons dukkah blend storebought or homemade
- I lemon cut into quarters
- Pre-heat the oven to 390F (355F fan forced).
- Line a baking sheet and set aside.
- Rub the salmon fillets lightly with olive oil.
- Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of dukkah evenly over each salmon fillet, gently patting the dukkah onto each fillet to help it stick. I like to hold a little back and sprinkle it over the top so that it forms a crust as the fillet bakes.
- Place the fillets on the baking tray.
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. The fillets should be firm to the touch (not hard) when lightly pressed.
- Remove from the oven, then either squeeze lemon over each fillet, or (my preference) serve the lemon quarter on the side.