Whole30 Salmon

Ben rarely comes home for lunch, but the day I texted him a photo of this finished Whole30 Salmon with avocado sauce, he hopped right in the car and was home, fork in hand 10 minutes later. Moist, flaky salmon fillets flavored with cilantro and lime, this fresh, healthy meal is now one of his most-requested dinners. Since it’s so easy to make, it’s one I love cooking too!

Baked Whole30 Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce. Tender and flakey with the most delicious cilantro lime flavors, this easy salmon recipe is perfect for quick, healthy dinners, even if you aren't following a Whole30 diet and is paleo and gluten free too!
Whenever I’m lacking healthy dinner inspiration or I need a quick weeknight meal for myself and Ben, baked salmon is my go-to. I find this absolutely hilarious, because I spent most of my adult life being afraid to cook fish.

We didn’t grow up eating fish at home, so I assumed cooking something like this Whole30 salmon recipe was fancy or complicated. I could not have been more wrong.

How to Make the Best Whole30 Salmon (Whether or Not You Are on Whole30)

This recipe is painless and appropriate for cooks at any level, and the flavor payoff is supreme.

  • Arrange the salmon on a sheet pan.
  • Stir together a quick mix of garlic, lime juice, and olive oil.
  • Pour this tasty garlic-lime biz over the top of the fish (yep, right on the pan).
  • Let hang out 10 minutes. I like to call this lazy girl marinade, because you don’t even need to place the salmon in a separate dish.
  • Bake and serve!

Whole30 Salmon with tomato and avocado topping. A delicious Whole30 compliant dinner!

I also opted to make a super fresh, you-won’t-believe-it’s-winter avocado “sauce” with tomatoes, cilantro, and even more lime. It’s fresh and zippy, and just when you think you’ve added enough to the top of the salmon, you’re going to want to go back and add some more.

Baked Whole30 Salmon. Served with a creamy tomato-avocado topping.

For those doing Whole30 this month, this recipe is Whole30 friendly (and Paleo). Salmon is Whole30 compliant in general, so I’d also recommend checking out my other salmon recipes, including this Baked Salmon in Foil, Soy Ginger Salmon (coconut aminos can be swapped for the soy sauce and the honey omitted to make it Whole30 compliant), and Pineapple Glazed Salmon with avocado sauce. From there, I have a list of 15 Whole30 Recipes for you to explore, the most popular being these Whole30 Vegetarian Power Bowls.

Baked Whole30 Salmon. An easy weeknight healthy dinner!

What to Serve with Whole30 Baked Salmon

  • Cauliflower rice (pictured) is absolutely delicious and adds an additional serving of veggies.
  • If you aren’t following a Whole30 diet, you can swap the cauliflower rice for prepared brown rice or quinoa if you prefer.
  • Sautéed Zucchini (omit the Parm if needed)
  • Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts or roasted vegetables of choice

Baked Salmon is the perfect weeknight dinner! This is a healthy and Whole30 recipe.

Baked Salmon for Everyone!

Regardless of what diet you do or do not follow, I hope you’ll try this Whole30 Salmon recipe no matter what.

It’s a lovely combination of creamy, flaky, and fresh. Every forkful tastes wholesome in a rich, nourishing way that feels restorative and satisfying and not at all like what you are eating is “diet” food. Because it is so fast and simple to prepare, it will be a trusty companion on busy weeknights too.

Baked Whole30 Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce. Tender and flakey with the most delicious cilantro lime flavors, this easy salmon recipe is perfect for quick, healthy dinners, even if you aren't following a Whole30 diet and is paleo and gluten free too!
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Whole30 Salmon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Tender, flaky Whole30 Salmon. Flavored with cilantro and lime and topped with an easy avocado sauce, this baked salmon recipe is quick and delicious!



  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets — skin on or off
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic — chopped, about 2 teaspoons
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lime — about 1/2 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Steamed cauliflower rice — optional for serving


  • 2 ripe avocados — peeled, pitted, and cut into a rough dice
  • Juice of 1 lime — about 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • 4–6 dashes hot sauce — to taste
  • 1 clove garlic — finely minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro — plus additional for serving
  • 1 medium tomato — seeded and small-diced, or 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes


  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange the salmon fillets in the center of the sheet.

  2. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Drizzle and brush generously over the salmon. (You will have some run off and down the sides, but brush what you can onto the fish.) Let the salmon stand at room temperature for 10 minutes while the oven finishes preheating.

  3. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, about 16 to 20 minutes.* Cover and let rest 3 minutes.
  4. While the salmon bakes, prepare the avocado salsa: In a large bowl, stir together the avocado, lime juice, hot sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and cilantro. With a fork, gently crush pieces of the avocado and stir. You want them to break down a little and make the salsa creamy, but you should have plenty of chunkiness remaining. Stir in the tomatoes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

  5. Transfer the salmon to serving plates. Serve hot, topped with avocado salsa and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Recipe Notes

  • *The cooking time will vary based upon the thickness of your salmon. Thicker (2-inch-plus) slices will need several extra minutes, while thinner slices may cook more quickly. My salmon fillets were a little more than 1 inch thick and cooked in 18 minutes.
  • This recipe is best enjoyed the day that it is made, as salmon usually dries out when reheated. If you have leftover salmon, try serving it room temperature over a salad the next day or flaking and scrambling it with eggs.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Salmon, Whole30 Recipes, Whole30 Salmon

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 of 4) — Calories: 328, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 31g

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  1. hey girl- this looks so good! Lunch time!

  2. That avocado salsa though!!

  3. i used to love your website, but now it seems like there are so many ads that i can’t even read the recipe…not sure why this is happening now, can you explain when you have a chance. i have used so many of your recipes and have shared them with the masses, but i just don’t think i can do this any longer…right now t here is a floor decor and death valley ad…thanx for all of your wonderful recipes…

    • Hi Marcia! Thanks for letting me know about this. I’m currently in the middle of repositioning some of the ads, so the layout is really funky. Are you viewing on desktop or mobile phone? Are there any ads that are more disturbing than others? If you could let me know I’d appreciate it! I do always need to have some ads (since this is my full time job, we rely on my ad income for savings, our mortgage, expenses, etc and it actually costs quite a bit even to run the website) but if you can’t read the recipe, that is something I want to look into ASAP. Thanks for letting me know!

      • Agreed about the ads. I’m trying to copy and paste the recipe from my phone to text  and there are ads in the middle of the recipe .  Salmon recipes looks great!

        • Thank you for chiming in with this feedback, Lauren—I will continue to look into it. (Another thing you could try in the meantime is clicking the “Print” button and copy/pasting the text from there. It may bring up a printing page at first, but if you click “Cancel” you should be able to see the text to copy/paste.)

  4. I have just made it for this lunch following all steps of your instruction. The taste was quite good but next time I would use 1/2 this amount of salt due to my dad found it too salty for him. Anyways, thanks so much for the great recipe!

  5. Simple meal with a good twist. I make something similar and never thought of using avocado. Thanks!

  6. Just yum! Wish I had seen this recipe before I went to the store this morning. maybe I need to go again :)

  7. I’m not following Whole30, but I just love the look of this salmon! The avocado salsa pushes it over the top!

  8. Such a light, bright a cheery meal!

  9. I especially love the avocado salsa.

  10. I love that I don’t feel guilty when I finish my plate with delicious food like this!

  11. This quickly became a new favorite in my house!

  12. My new favorite way to make salmon!!

  13. Just made it!! It was absolutely delish!! I did a bed of mashed cauliflower with a little ghee and salt and pepper and it was so good. Oh, and I had to sub fresh parsley for cilantro…really, really tasty!

  14. The avocado “salsa” was outstanding. Great recipe!

  15. This one is a winner!! Definitely a new household fav. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. OMGosh, so good. The salmon marinade and avocado salsa is insane flavorful. It helps that I’ve been in the mood for something limey, and boy, was this the ticket or what? Yum! I may add a bit of scallion to the salsa next time just for fun.

  17. Very nice!! My husband made this last night for our whole family. Even our girls (8, 5) gobbled it up! They loved the salsa. Soft delicate flavor that was easy for everyone. Thank you

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