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You'll Impress Yourself With This Keto Salmon & Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
By Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.
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December 8, 2020

When it comes to popular diets, there are two that get a whole lotta buzz: the Mediterranean diet and the ketogenic diet. And this recipe from chef Michael Silverstein's new cookbook, New Keto Cooking, blends the two in this simple dish.

The cookbook was inspired by his own experience using the ketogenic diet to reach a healthy weight: In a year, he lost 80 pounds. Silverstein says the key to his weight loss wasn't strict dieting but cooking food he truly enjoyed within the keto diet parameters—like the recipes in the book.

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"This bright and sunny dinner is loaded with lemon and herbs for a fresh take on roasted salmon," he writes. "The Mediterranean flavors really pack a punch, and this beautiful dish is full of healthy fats and nutrients."

And while cooking every night was an important part of Silverstein's healthy lifestyle changes, that doesn't mean he wanted complex cooking every night (and neither do we). That's why he says, "The best part is it's a sheet pan meal that you can just toss in the oven. Easy enough for any day of the week."

Mediterranean Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Olive oil, for baking sheet
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch parsley, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried dill, or ¼ oz. fresh dill, chopped
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 (6-oz.) skin-on salmon fillets (about 1½ lbs., total)
  • Lemon slices and/or fresh parsley, for garnish
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Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup, then grease the foil with a little bit of olive oil. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half, and set them aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a food processor, blend the garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, dill, lemon juice, and olive oil to make an herb rub.
  3. Place the 4 salmon fillets, skin side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Scoop a heaping spoonful of herb rub, and spread it on top of each fillet.
  4. Add the rest of the rub to the Brussels sprouts, and stir to combine. Evenly spread the Brussels sprouts around the fillets.
  5. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 15 minutes, then turn the oven to broil, and broil for another 5 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts have a nice crispy exterior.
  6. Serve family-style straight from the baking sheet, or plate the salmon with a side of Brussels sprouts for each person. Garnish with a slice of lemon or some fresh herbs.
Reprinted with permission from New Keto Cooking by Michael Silverstein, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Michael Silverstein
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Eliza Sullivan
Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer

Eliza Sullivan is an SEO Editor at mindbodygreen, where she writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She received a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in english literature with honors from Boston University, and she has previously written for Boston Magazine, TheTaste.ie, and SUITCASE magazine.