Cocoa-Almond Crusted Salmon


Once you learn how to cook salmon at home, it will be a mainstay on your family's dinner menu! Especially with this warmly-spiced almond-crusted creation that can be on your table in 30 minutes.

Cocoa-Almond Crusted Salmon
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
11 mins
Total Time:
31 mins


  • 4 6 ounce fresh salmon fillets, with skin

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon light rum

  • ½ cup blanched almonds, toasted and finely chopped

  • 1 ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground coriander

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • Lime wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Rinse salmon; pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl combine lime juice and rum. Brush salmon lightly with lime mixture. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in another small bowl stir together almonds, cocoa powder, salt, coriander, and pepper; set aside.

  3. Brush salmon generously with oil. In a large nonstick skillet cook salmon, flesh sides down, over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown. Carefully transfer salmon, flesh sides up, to the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove salmon from oven. Top salmon with almond mixture, pressing firmly to adhere. Bake about 1 minute more or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
24g Fat
6g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 986mg 21%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 5.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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