Adorned with a sweet glaze and seasoned with chili powder, this Chili Maple Glazed Salmon is just what a fun and delicious dinner looks like. Plus, it’s super simple to put together and pairs well with just about any veggies for a side. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo and calling your name to put on the dinner list this week!
Chili and Maple Glazed Salmon
This Maple Glazed Salmon recipe is hands down one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon. I was first introduced to a recipe like this at a dinner I had at Mike’s parent’s house. His mom made a delicious salmon dish, and she mentioned it using brown sugar and maple syrup, and having a rub on it. I loved that idea so I knew I had to recreate at home and thus this Chili Maple Salmon recipe was born! It is simple to put together and a unique flavor combination. The chili and and the maple together are so good! Serve with a simple side of steamed or roasted veggies and dinner is served!
Pure Maple Syrup
What to Serve with Maple Glazed Salmon
Because salmon is such a quick dish to make, it’s best to serve with either a prepped ahead veggie dish (we like to roast a big batch of veggies at the beginning of the week to use throughout the week) or something that takes just a few seconds to put together, like a salad!
Some other options are to serve with a quick cole slaw, like this one or this one, some zucchini noodles or other veggie noodles, or some cauliflower rice.
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Place salmon on lined baking sheet and broil for 7-8 minutes.
Brush maple syrup over salmon and broil for an additional 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!
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This Cajun Blackened Fish is a simple and delicious weeknight dinner. This dramatic looking dish is actually simple to make, requiring just a few spices, a piece of fish and a hot pan! Serve it with your favorite summer side and you’ve got dinner in under 20 minutes!
Cajun Blackened Fish Recipe
While this Cajun Blackened Fish may sound complicated (blackening a fish? huh?) it’s actually dead-simple and SO DELICIOUS. And since fish cooks quickly, this dinner can be on the table in around 20 minutes! All it requires is mixing up a few spices to make a Cajun Seasoning blend, rubbing it on the fish and cooking it quickly in a hot pan to get a nice sear! Serve this dish up with your favorite seasonal side, preferably something simple to throw together (like this Corn and Avocado Salsa) and dinner is ready!
How to Blacken Fish
Blackening refers to a cooking technique of coating something in a spice blend and then quickly searing it off in a pan. The spices take on a nice toasty flavor and it has a dramatic finish to it with a crust! You want to cook the fish off quickly so that it forms that crust and so that it just toasts the spices instead of burning them.
What is in Cajun Seasoning
We’ve used Cajun Seasoning previously in our Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe, and we’re using that tried and true blend here for this classic Cajun dish. In our blend we use these spices:
What is the best type of fish to use with this recipe
We liked using this Cajun Seasoning with cod, but most any fish can work. Even some of the stronger flavored fish like salmon can work here because the cajun seasoning is bold enough to match it. Here are some options:
What to Serve with this Blackened Fish
Because this dish comes together so quickly it’s best to pair it with a simple side, preferably one that requires little cooking. Here are some options:
You can swap out the cod with most any other firm fish, even salmon!
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These Air-Fryer Fish Sticks are a great update on the traditional store-bought frozen fish we all hate-to-love! While that version usually has a long list of foreign ingredients, our gluten-free version is made with tapioca and almond flour and cooked in an air-fryer! They’re paleo, kid-friendly, and they reheat well so you can make them in a big batch for a quick lunch or dinner anytime.
Paleo Air-Fryer Fish Sticks
By now many kids have returned to school and adults are starting to get back in to normal routines as summer rolls to a close. I know that an easy lunch or dinner is just what this time calls for! We busted out our (still-new-to-us) air fryer to remake a classic: Fish Sticks! We of course made them gluten-free, with a short list of ingredients you can pronounce and included a tasty side of tartar sauce to go with it.
Admittedly, we had to test this recipe MANY times. We loved the idea of skipping the deep fat fry on these (though we aren’t afraid of fat over here!). Deep frying can use a lot of oil and we will always take the opportunity to experiment with our air-fryer, but we still wanted it to be crisp. Because fish holds so much moisture the fish needs to be cut somewhat small, or similar in size to store-bought fish sticks, about 1/2″ by 1/2″ by 2″. Fish of course isn’t uniform, so you will have some pieces that are slightly different so you don’t waste any fish pieces, but try to keep most pieces about that size.
We also found that we needed bit more oil than we typically use in the air-fryer. We added two tablespoons to the bottom of the basket, and then additionally sprayed the basket and breaded fish with avocado oil. As always, we love using avocado oil because of its nutritional benefit and its high-smoke point, but feel free to use whatever oil you normally do.
How Long Does it Take To Cook Fish in the Air Fryer
We cooked our fish sticks for a total of 11 minutes at 390ºF, flipping after the first 5 minutes. Fish should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145º F. Take care not to overcook the fish as it becomes too flaky and delicate and it can break.
Best part about these fish sticks? They held up well in the freezer and were great when reheated. We froze ours for one month and had great results, but likely they will last at least 2-3 if properly stored. If you want, you can make a larger batch and freeze for a future quick lunch or dinner.
They must be frozen individually first so they don’t stick together. Simply place them on a plate or sheet pan with plenty of space in between. Once frozen you can place in a storage container or bag until ready to use. We reheated ours in a toaster oven and have included the instructions in the notes of the recipe.
Let’s also talk about the AIR FRYER!
I have this one and I really like it, but one thing to keep in mind is despite the large size of the appliance, you can’t overcrowd the food you are frying so you have to cook in batches.
It’s not a small appliance, so make sure you have space for it!
I am really excited about the air fryer! It cooks things SO well. Really, I am super impressed with it and excited to make my chicken tenders and chicken nuggets in it moving forward!
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Dip the sliced fish into the tapioca, shaking off any excess, theninto the egg, then dredge in flour mixture. Repeat until all fish is coated.
Add the avocado oil to the basket and then spray the air fryer basket generously with avocado spray, and place as many fish sticks in the basket that will fit with plenty of space in between. Spray fish sticks with additional avocado spray to lightly coat.
Fry for 11 minutes, delicately flipping once at 5 minutes.
Meanwhile make tartar sauce by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Repeat with remaining fish until they have all been cooked through to reach an internal temperature of 145ºF. Be careful not to overcook or the fish will fall apart.
Serve immediately with tartar sauce or cool completely before freezing.
During the testing of this recipe we found that the larger the fish stick, the less crunchy it was, due to the high moisture content of the fish. Cutting them small enough, and of equal size assures for a crispy exterior.
We love how well these froze! Please follow the instructions below to freeze and reheat your fish sticks.We froze ours for one month and had great results, but likely they will last at least 2-3 if properly stored.
To Freeze and Reheat:
Cool down completely before freezing. To freeze first place on a plate, without letting any of the fish sticks touch. This will allow them to freeze individually so they don't get broken when you try to take them out. Once completely frozen place in storage container or bag.
When ready to eat, pre-heat a toaster oven or regular oven to 400 degrees. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and reheat for 7-10 minutes. The fish should be crispy again and fully heated through.
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These Paleo Fish and Chips are everything you want in this classic summer dish: crunchy and flavorful on the outside with the freshest fish on the inside and of course, gluten-free. And those oven baked fries served alongside? They’re the crunchiest you’ll ever have, with minimal preparation. This is a must-make before the summer is over. They are paleo-friendly and nut-free and SO delicious!
Paleo Fish and Chips
I love making a classic dish, that traditionally contains gluten, updated to include better-for-you-ingredients without sacrificing on any of the flavor or texture. This Paleo Fish and Chips recipe is exactly what you expect from this summer-time favorite without any gluten and a short list of ingredients.
For ease of making this dish we choose to oven bake the fries, instead of frying. We do this so that both the fish and the chips are finished cooking at the same time, and you don’t have to wait for oil temperature changes to achieve crispy fries. Also, we really love the taste of baked fries and it’s so simple to do.
Our fish batter is super simple, using only 4 staple ingredients any gluten-free household has stocked up. All you do is whisk it up and dip in your fish before frying.
How to Make Crispy Oven Baked Fries
If done incorrectly, oven fries can be soggy and disappointing. To match the crispy battered fish we wanted REAL DEAL french fries. Below we’ve shared our best tips for making super crispy oven baked fries:
Start with the right potato: We like russet potatoes for these oven baked chips. You can peel the potatoes or leave the skin on if desired. We also tested these by soaking the potatoes in water before hand to see if losing some of the starch would help make them crispier, but we did not feel it made a huge difference in the final outcome, so have decided to streamline the recipe and leave it out.
Pre-heat the oven! Make sure the oven is nice and hot when you place in the fries.
Give the potatoes space to crisp up: You cannot crowd the pan when making oven baked fries, you have to leave space in between each potato. We found that two large russet potatoes fit on a standard sheet pan. Anymore than that and you will have a tougher time making the chips crispy.
Use enough oil: We like to spray the potatoes with oil one last time after we flipped them to get them extra crispy!
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Pre-heat oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, if desired.
Place cut "chips" on the baking sheet and toss with oil, salt and pepper. Space out "chips" so they do not touch and have space in between to crisp up.
Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes take out of oven and flip chips to crispy on the other side and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. (See note)
Meanwhile begin to prepare fish: cut into 4 even portions. Depending on the cut of your fish will decide how to portion it. Pat with paper towel to dry it over, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed tall pot over medium heat. We used a smaller pot that required less oil to submerge the fish. You want the oil to reach about 2-1/2" inside the pot.
Make the batter for the fish by whisking together tapioca, baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, eggs and white vinegar until fully combined.
When oil has reached a temperature of 350º to 370º (we use a Thermapen for this!) take a piece of fish and submerge in batter. Working quickly take out of batter before placing inside of oil. Continue with additional fish as space is available. We were able to fry two pieces at once. Flip fish after 2-3 minutes. Monitor the frying temperature to ensure it doesn't dip below 350º for too long and adjust heat as needed. Fry fish until it reaches a temperature of at least 145º and is golden brown on the outside, 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish.
Between frying batches of fish make sure oil temperature returns to 350º. Continue to fry until all fish has finished. Place fried fish on paper towel to drain of excess oil. Season with salt, if desired.
Make tartar sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.
Serve fish and chips immediately with tartar sauce.
For EXTRA crispy chips, when flipping spray fries with additional avocado oil. We like the spray that has not other ingredients other than avocado oil.
Serve with coleslaw and pickles!
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This Salmon En Papillate (Baked in Parchment Paper) is my new favorite way to prepare salmon. It’s a super simple, Whole30-compliant, and paleo-friendly dinner option for any night of the week! The lemon, fresh herbs and shallots make this salmon such a bright, light and flavorful salmon recipe, and the vegetables cook right with the fish for an easy clean up!
Salmon and Veggies En Papillote (In Parchment Paper Packs!)
I like the idea of foil pack meals, but I’m not super into wrapping my food in aluminum foil! Parchment to the rescue! Place all the goodness in your sheets of parchment: salmon, veggies, aromatics, and fresh herbs.
MMMM… look at that goodness ready to bake! You are then left with a fabulous, flavorful, and cooked-just-right salmon dish! Plus, the veggies are done, too! Easy weeknight dinner alert.
What is fish en papillote?
En papillote (French for “in parchment”) is a method of cooking in which the food is put into a folded pouch or parcel and then baked.
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide spinach among four 16-inch-long pieces of parchment paper.
In a small mixing bowl, toss asparagus, zucchini and summer squash with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and extra-virgin olive oil. Divide tossed veggies evenly among the four pieces of parchment paper with the spinach.
Pat salmon dry. Season with salt and pepper. Top with shallots, garlic, fresh herbs, and lemon slices.
Bring ends of paper together and fold down the edges around the salmon until a sealed packet has formed (watch the video above for steps!). Make sure to tuck ends underneath to secure.
Place salmon packets on a baking sheet and bake until packets are puffed and salmon is cooked through about 15-18 minutes.
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This Grilled Salmon Bowl with Garlic Scapes and Kale makes for the perfect summer meal in a bowl. Packed with flavor and fabulous ingredients, this dish is packed with everything you need for a delicious and nutritious lunch or dinner.
Grilled Salmon Bowl Recipe
This Grilled Salmon Bowl is the perfect healthy dinner that will leave you feeling way better than before you ate it. It starts with some perfectly grilled salmon. You can grill either outside or “grill” underneath the broiler in the oven. Then pile that salmon with some garlicky wilted kale, rice and your choice of pairings. This is the perfect spring or summer dinner that is also paleo-friendly, Whole30 and gluten and dairy-free.
Last year was my first year of joining a local CSA and frequenting my new town’s farmers markets. I came home week after week with incredible amounts of produce like this kale and garlic scapes, many of which at a loss of what to do with. (P.S. if you’re looking to save money eating organic, a CSA is an amazing resource). This year I’m working through all the different types of produce I take home to create into delicious meals that can be recreated by you.
Salmon Rice Bowl Ingredients
For the fish:
Salt and Pepper
Garlic scapes (if available, or garlic cloves)
Cooked White Rice
Salmon Bowl Toppings:
Top your salmon bowl with whatever you have handy or you think might go well with it. I enjoyed topping mine with these options:
How to Grill Salmon
There are two choices for grilling this salmon. The first is on a traditional grill outdoors. Though if that isn’t available to you, feel free to “grill” this under your broiler.
To “grill” fish in the oven: Place broiler on high. Place fish on a lined and greased baking sheet and broil for 7 to 9 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish. Add sesame seeds to garnish.
To grill on an outdoor grill: Grease grill and heat to medium. Place fish on a sheet of tin foil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until fully cooked to your liking. Add sesame seeds to garnish.
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