Soft and juicy Whole 30 Salmon (you can also used smoked salmon, it’s even easier to prepare!), soaked in cilantro and lime. Since you are going to bake salmon, your home is still going to smell nice after you cook your meal. Also, you will have less dishes to wash! Serve with cauliflower rice, or brown rice or quinoa. It also tastes so good coupled with canned beans!
FOR THE SALMON:
- 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets — skin on or off
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic — chopped, about 2 teaspoons
- Zest and juice of 1 small lime — about 1/2 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Steamed cauliflower rice — optional for serving
FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA:
- 2 ripe avocados — peeled, pitted, and cut into a rough dice
- Juice of 1 lime — about 1 1/2 tablespoons
- 4–6 dashes hot sauce — to taste
- 1 clove garlic — finely minced or grated
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro — plus additional for serving
- 1 medium tomato — seeded and small-diced, or 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange the salmon fillets in the center of the sheet.
- In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Drizzle and brush generously over the salmon. (You will have some run off and down the sides, but brush what you can onto the fish.) Let the salmon stand at room temperature for 10 minutes while the oven finishes preheating.
- Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, about 16 to 20 minutes.* Cover and let rest 3 minutes.
- While the salmon bakes, prepare the avocado salsa: In a large bowl, stir together the avocado, lime juice, hot sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and cilantro. With a fork, gently crush pieces of the avocado and stir. You want them to break down a little and make the salsa creamy, but you should have plenty of chunkiness remaining. Stir in the tomatoes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- Transfer the salmon to serving plates. Serve hot, topped with avocado salsa and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
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