Baked Turmeric Salmon is a nutrient-infused healthy dinner recipe with anti-inflammatory health benefits!
While I find this baked turmeric salmon recipe to be almost too simple, I decided to post it due to how frequently I make it!
When I’m cooking for myself and/or my partner and I, I make turmeric salmon with this exact combination of spices.
If you already know you enjoy turmeric, and/or you want to try it, this salmon may just become a staple in your household as well!
The ingredients for this nutrient-dense entree are simple: salmon (I use wild-caught King salmon or sockeye salmon), avocado oil, ground turmeric, ground paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
Let’s discuss this beauty!
Health Benefits of Turmeric:
Packed with antioxidants, turmeric helps eliminate free radicals, thereby preventing disease, slowing down the aging process, and fighting or preventing cancer.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce pain and aids in healing from injury. Its anti-inflammatory characteristic makes turmeric great for those with autoimmunity, arthritis, or those looking to heal from something…anything!
Turmeric could lower risk of heart disease by improving the function of the endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels).
In addition, turmeric boosts the levels of your brain hormone, BDNF, which can help reverse and prevent brain-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s and depression.
It is generally recommended by health professionals to individuals with brain inflammation and/or a family history of Alzheimer’s, as it can prevent brain-related degenerative diseases.
Black pepper (piperine) enhances the absorption of turmeric’s qualities. When you consume turmeric, be sure to combine it with black pepper!
If you’re new to turmeric, it is advisable to start small. Not everyone loves the flavor of turmeric right away, so if you’re up for trying it but don’t know whether or not you like it, start with the tiniest sprinkle.
Health Benefits of Salmon:
Wild-caught salmon is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat! It’s loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain and hormone health.
In fact, recent studies show humans should be getting at least 3 grams of omega-3 fats per day for proper brain and immune system function. Omega-3s have been shown to reverse epigenetic aging (source).
Salmon also contains B Vitamins, which are essential for many functions in your body, including hormone balance and turning the food you eat into energy. It contains more potassium per weight than bananas, which helps keep you hydrated, controls blood pressure, and lessens your risk of stroke.
In addition, salmon is rich in selenium and the antioxidant, Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin helps reduce your risk of heart disease and it also helps lower your LDL cholesterol! If you have high cholesterol, consider taking 3 to 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids every day to lower your cholesterol.
This antioxidant is also what gives salmon its anti-inflammatory property, as it reduces systemic inflammation.
Put it All Together:
You’re getting a high-protein meal that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, with a mega brain-supporting punch and a side of hormone-balancing benefits. Plus, it’s nourishing, filling, and tasty!
How to Make Baked Turmeric Salmon:
Preparing this recipe is so straightforward and easy! All you do is place the salmon in a baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drizzle the salmon with avocado oil, then sprinkle it with all of the seasonings. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillet), or until your salmon is cooked through. Mine usually takes about 25 minutes.
More Salmon Recipes:
- Maple Glazed Baked Salmon
- Paleo Asian Baked Salmon and Asparagus
- 4-Ingredient Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon
- Crispy Skillet Salmon with Lemon Dill Caper Sauce
- AIP Salmon Curry
Baked Turmeric Salmon
- Place the salmon in a baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drizzle the salmon with avocado oil, then sprinkle it with all of the seasonings. Allow the salmon to sit in the seasonings while the oven is preheating.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillet), or until your salmon is cooked through. Mine usually takes about 25 minutes.
- Serve with your choice of side dishes! I always go with brown rice and veggies.