Whole30 + Keto Coconut Tahini Salmon
Whole30 + Keto Coconut Tahini Salmon Recipe + Video – simple + healthy salmon topped with a creamy 3 ingredient sauce. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating, real food.
The sauce on this salmon is so good, you’re going to want to drink it.
Whole30 + keto coconut tahini salmon is about to be your new favorite dinner. Bonus? It’s ready in 25 minutes!
My newest favorite way to cook salmon is to bake it in the oven.
You put the salmon on a baking sheet, put it in a COLD oven. Then you put the oven at 350ºF, set your timer for 25 minutes, and then you have perfectly cooked salmon every time! Works for skin-on or skin-off salmon.
The real star of this dinner is the coconut tahini sauce. I found it one day when I was eating some cold, leftover salmon and wanted a yummy sauce to jazz it up. Grabbed what I had in my fridge: some canned coconut milk, tahini, lemon zest + lemon juice. Added a pinch of salt, and the most lucious, silky, tropical sauce was made.
The best part is you don’t even need to heat it up! Just drizzle it room temperature over your warm salmon.
The sauce not only adds tons of flavor, but also a great source of healthy fat. Perfect for keto, and to curb your hunger when doing a whole30.
I love serving this with some roasted asparagus + cauliflower rice.
Watch Coconut Tahini Salmon Recipe Demo (2:11 minutes)
Whole30 + Keto Coconut Tahini Salmon
- 4 6-ounce wild salmon filets
- 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed off
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt + pepper
Coconut Tahini Sauce
- 1/4 cup organic tahini
- 1/4 cup organic coconut milk in a can
- zest from 1 lemon
- juice from half a lemon, about 1 tablespoon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pat the salmon filets dry with a paper towel. Season with salt + pepper.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Place the salmon filets + asparagus on the rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the salmon and asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place the rimmed baking sheet in a COLD oven. Close the door. Set your oven to 350ºF, then set your timer to 25 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the tahini, coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon zest + salt. Stir to combine.
- To serve, top each salmon with 2 tablespoons of the coconut tahini sauce. Serve warm. I love it with some cauliflower rice.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container for at least 5 days.
Whole30 + Keto Coconut Tahini Salmon FAQ’s
Q. What does tahini taste like? Can you describe it?
A. Tahini is ground up sesame seeds. So basically a sesame seed version of peanut butter. So delicious! It is what is used in hummus along with garbanzo beans!
Q. Can I cook the salmon on a sheet pan instead of a skillet?
A. Yes! Put the filets on a rimmed baking sheet. Put into a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 400ºF and cook for 20 minutes. Will turn out perfect every time!
Q. Is the sauce heavy on coconut flavor?
A. Yes! If you’re a coconut lover, this is the sauce for you!
Q. Can I use almond milk instead of coconut milk?
A. Maybe? It might be too thin. Even better would be my cashew cream!
Q. Can I use this sauce on other types of fish?
A. Of course! Would be delicious on all seafood, and even chicken or pork!
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24 Comments on “Whole30 + Keto Coconut Tahini Salmon”
One question, equipment says cast iron frying pan, but it looked like you did use a rimmed baking dish as is written in the instructions.
No need for the cast iron then?
Fab in any case!
Good catch! The equipment should be for a rimmed baking sheet. Sorry for the confusion. Just corrected the post! Thanks for letting me know!
Holy mother of yum! Yes, this recipe rocks. So easy and magically delicious!
Well done sistah! (And the salmon was not well done, perfectly cooked as promised!) ;)
This is my favorite to hear! Thank you so so so much!
So good and easy to put together! The sauce, sooo good!
I love to hear that it tasted good and was easy to put together Shanna! I agree, the sauce is super yummy!
This sauce is ridiculous. I want it on everything all the time. I love this recipe so much! It is so simple but packs such a huge flavor. I was in a “salmon rut” and this got me out of it!
So glad my salmon got you out of your ‘salmon rut’ lol! I have been there myself friend. I agree, the sauce is divine Holland!
We make salmon all of the time. I love it alone, but adding this sauce to it opened up a whole new world. It really felt like professional chef level dinner! So darn good!
I love it that my salmon recipe made you feel like a professional chef Beth! The sauce really does put the salmon over the top!
Natalie- this was absolutely delicious! A total home run. I have tried to amend our diets before and my husband was not buying it. He loved this recipe and is now open to changing our eating with your recipes. Thank-you! You’re the bomb!🔥
I am so happy you liked my salmon Kelly! Even better that it was hubby approved. I think the secret to getting anyone to eat healthy is the food has to be delicious! That is my mission in life – coming up with tasty, healthy recipes! I am so glad the salmon was a hit!
This was the best salmon recipe, ever! It was so easy and not messy to cook. The salmon tasted wonderful and was perfectly cooked. It will be my go to recipe. Thanks Natalie!
I am so happy you liked my salmon Vanessa! I am so glad it turned out well for you. I think the tahini makes the most delicious sauce! Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it.
Just made this for dinner. It was delicious and so easy. I was a little skeptical of putting the salmon in the cold oven but it turned out perfectly! I’ll definitely be making this again.
I am so happy you liked my salmon Kati! Starting if off in a cold oven is unusual, but it turns out perfect every time! I am so glad this will be a part of your regular recipe rotation!
So good and so easy to make! I usually have all the ingredients on hand so it’s a keeper to have!! So delicious!
Thank you for all of your nice comments Olivia. I am so glad you liked my coconut tahini salmon. I am glad it was easy to make and turned out well for you. It’s great that the ingredients are usually in my kitchen too, I think that is how I came up with the recipe.
This is a MUST make. I didn’t have tahini but really wanted to make it so I used sesame oil. Next time I’ll use tahini, but even with my substitution, this was FANTASTIC! We all ate it up so fast! The sauce is the star. This is now on rotation at our house!
Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my Coconut Tahini Salmon Lizzie! How inventive of you to substitute sesame oil for tahini! I’ll have to give that a try, it sounds absolutely delicious.
Thanks for the suggestion to use sesame oil. It was great!
Yeah! I am so glad you enjoyed the salmon with sesame oil Edna! Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it.
Is the nutritional information that you provide for the sauce and salmon or just the sauce?
For both! The salmon AND the sauce!