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Almond Crusted Salmon with Caramelized Onions and Basil

Serves 4
Time 1 hr
Almond meal, made from ground blanched almonds, forms the nutty topping on this baked salmon with slowly caramelized sweet onions and fresh basil spooned over the top. Serve this dish as a main course along with roasted or mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and a green salad.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 4 teaspoons honey mustard or sweet prepared mustard
  • 4 (4- to 6-ounce) salmon fillets skin removed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper divided
Method

Heat butter and 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized, 30 to 45 minutes. Stir in lime juice and keep warm.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Grease the bottom of a large baking dish with remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Put almond meal into a wide, shallow dish and season salmon with remaining salt and pepper. Brush the top of each salmon fillet with mustard and then roll in almond meal, pressing to make sure it sticks. Arrange salmon in prepared baking dish in a single layer and bake until just cooked through and flesh flakes with a fork, about 15 minutes. 

Transfer salmon to plates, top with caramelized onions, garnish with green onions and basil and serve.

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  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 4 teaspoons honey mustard or sweet prepared mustard
  • 4 (4- to 6-ounce) salmon fillets skin removed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper divided