Almond Crusted Salmon with Cilantro Cherry Quinoa

by Amie on May 27, 2013

My dad’s a salmon guy. Always has been.

Give him a piece of salmon and it’s gone within 5 minutes.

What a guy!

So, when I was asked to create an almond-inspired main dish for the Almond Board of California, I thought I’d whip up a fish dish for him.

And boy o’ boy was he one happy camper.

Salmon is one of those foods that you can make over and over again and people just don’t seem to get bored with it.

What’s the trick?


Just don’t overcook it.

Friends, allow me to share with you my easy salmon recipe.

Go ahead, pick up a piece from your local fish market. I’ll wait.

There. Now get ready. This salmon is delicious. Like, kinda ridiculous. I surely don’t know everything (my dad does), but I do know that there’s not much in life that a good meal can’t fix. I mean it’s just gunna make your life a little bit better.

It just will.

So, ya wanna make it?

I thought so.

All you need are a few simple ingredients. Salmon and quinoa are the main two. The others are dried cherries, fresh cilantro, sliced almonds and a few other odds n’ ends. But, don’t be intimidated by the recipe below, I promise it’s not as scary as it looks.

It’s actually quite easy. Yes, a very easy gluten-free recipe that you can make tonight!

And if you’ve never cooked salmon or you hate the way it smells…

Well, then let’s just say you’re in for a treat. Plug your nose with a clothes pin and strike up that stove top, sista.

The finished product is positively sinful. At this point, you may either eat it right out of the pan with a fork or- if you have patience (which my father does not) you can plate it and then eat it.

Let me know what you decide to do.

It’s okay. I’ve been there.


I created this recipe for the Almond Board of California; check out my other tasty recipes in the Almond Board’s Spring Booklet, free to download here.

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Almond Crusted Salmon with Cilantro Cherry Quinoa
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Soy-Free
  • For Salmon
  • • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
  • • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • • Juice of 1 fresh orange
  • • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • • 4 (5 oz. each) salmon fillets
  • • Nonstick cooking spray
  • For Quinoa
  • • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • • 1 Tbsp. dried cherries
  • • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • • 1 tsp. fresh orange zest
  • • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Prepare a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, combine almonds, parsley, orange juice, sea salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
  4. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle orange juice onto each fillet, then coat each fillet with the almond parsley mixture.
  5. Transfer the salmon to the oven for 10-12 minutes or until salmon is cooked through. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and set aside on the counter for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, transfer cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl with chickpeas, olive oil, dried cherries, cilantro, orange zest, sea salt and pepper; mix well to combine.
  7. Remove tin foil from the salmon and transfer to serving plates with a side of cooked quinoa.
  8. Serve warm.



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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Dembowski May 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

I love salmon! This topping is so unique. Quinoa and dried cherries are a match made in heaven!


Amie May 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Laura; have a great holiday!


Kevin @ Closet Cooking May 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

That salmon sounds good and I like the quinoa side!


Amie May 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Kevin; hope all is well with you. Have a great week!


yummychunklet May 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

The almond crust sounds amazing!


Iris May 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Mmm looks delicious! Especially that quinoa with chickpeas.


Amie May 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

Thanks Iris!


Live Love Yum Well May 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

Your Dad is a smart man – and has good taste!


Amie May 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

Yes he does; thanks! Have a great day.


Jen @ Savory Simple May 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I am very picky about salmon. A certain mother I know always overcooked it (without proper seasoning) when I was growing up. This looks just perfect, though! Exactly how I would like it.


Amie May 31, 2013 at 8:27 am

Thanks darling! Have a great weekend; hope to see you back in NYC soon! xoox


Beauty Health Goddess June 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm

oh my gooodnesssss! this looks absolutely delicious.

I can’t wait to make this almond inspired salmon. The quinoa looks really good to, it’s always yummy to add fun things into the quinoa to bring out different aromas and flavors.

Your pics are so pretty too!


Amie June 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

Thank you so much; hope you enjoy it!


Celia Campbell June 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

Isn’t that a lot of protein for one meal? Looks good though,..


Amie June 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

Thanks Celia; salmon and quinoa are both protein-rich foods but as long as you eat the correct portions- it’s not too much! Enjoy.


Karen D March 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I don’t eat seafood, but definitely will be making the quinoa. Sounds good.


Debra Lee March 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

This looks delicious! The hubs is a salmon guy.


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