Keto is a diet which focuses on food that is low in carbohydrates and high in fat. The primary goal of a ketogenic diet is to enter into a state of ketosis, where the body burns fat rather than carbohydrates for energy. This is achieved by severely restricting carbohydrate intake, usually to under 50g a day, and replacing it with high amounts of fat. Keto has been linked to weight loss and reduced blood sugar levels (1).

This no-fail keto salmon recipe is so simple, it’s almost embarrassing, but you’ll love the results. Cooked up in a single pan and ready in under 20 minutes, it’s a complete meal on a plate. With a little pesto, you’re in keto heaven. And, this recipe is easily adaptable to serve 4 people.

Maybe you need a new way to serve salmon for dinner?

Bake the salmon with a quick homemade cilantro pesto that tastes like a traditional pesto with lime and cilantro flavors and Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. After cooking, the pesto caramelizes on the fish and you have a delicious keto salmon dish!

If you love eating salmon in restaurants but are afraid to cook it at home, no worries! A crispy piece of baked keto salmon can be prepared any night of the week in just 10 minutes. After the fish is coated with a spicy pesto sauce, it is quickly baked in the oven.

Salmon is also a great fish for the keto diet because it is free of carbohydrates and rich in healthy fats, as well as nutrients like B12 and vitamin D3.

Tips for preparing hippie recipes:

    • You don’t like cilantro? You can always replace the basil or parsley with other herbs.
    • I use pine nuts, but you can also use other nuts, like pecans or almonds.
    • Traditional pesto uses olive oil (and you can use that here too), but I thought the combination of cilantro and avocado oil was just YUM! Avocado oil is ideal for the keto diet because of its healthy fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties.
    • This sauce is pretty versatile, as the pesto-cilantro mix would also be great for chicken or baked steak!


Baked Keto Salmon with Cilantro Pesto

.. : 4 SERIES

Preparation time: 15 MINUTES

Cooking time: 10 MINUTES

Total time : 25 MINUTES

Make this brightly colored cilantro pesto and bake it over a piece of salmon for a great keto dinner that everyone will love!

  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup p p
  • 1 1/4 cup Coriander, packaged
  • 1/3 of the avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Juice of a lime
  • 4 – 5 oz. Pieces of fresh salmon
  • A pinch of salt and pepper for each piece of fish


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleaning easier.


How to make a cilantro pesto sauce:

Put the garlic and the pine nuts in a food processor. Turn on and blend until finely chopped, about 3-5 seconds. Add half the oil and all the coriander and mix for a few more seconds. Add the rest of the butter, salt, parmesan cheese and lime juice and mix until smooth. If it is too thick, add another tablespoon of oil.


Pat the fish dry and place it skin side down on a baking sheet. Season each piece with a pinch of salt and pepper. Put a few teaspoons of pesto on each piece of fish.


Bake for 10-11 minutes until fish is crisp and cooked through. Serve warm and enjoy!

Performance: 4 pieces of fish, serving size: 5 oz.
Amount per serving:
.567 calories | 46 g fat | 4 g total carbohydrates | 1 g fiber | 34 g protein | 3 g net carbs

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This fish was flaky and had such a bright, fresh taste!

My family loved this recipe and I was thrilled that my kids liked it too. This was such an easy dish to make and I added steamed broccoli. I think it would also be delicious with cauliflower rice – bon appétit!

Turn a can of tuna into a delicious ceviche lunch!

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