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Crispy Salmon, Sweet Potato Chips and Lime Coriander Pesto Recipe

Crispy Salmon, Sweet Potato Chips & Lime Coriander Pesto

Credit: Georgia Harding

This dish is a sensational midweek meal. The hero, salmon, is a rich source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, essential for good health. Coriander is a classic example of food as medicine. It’s extremely anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and also an amazing detoxifier and heavy metal chelator — in short, a very beneficial addition to any diet. This pesto is a delicious way to enjoy it.

Serves: 4



  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes, cut into thin chips2-3 large sweet potatoes, cut into thin chips
  • 2 tbsp ghee or butter
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 fillets salmon, skin on

  • Coriander Lime Pesto
  • Large bunch coriander
  • Handful baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Juice & zest 1 lime
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp macadamia oil
  • 1 small red chilli (optional)
  1. Start by roasting sweet potato chips. Pre-heat oven to 220ºC.
  2. Add ghee or butter to baking dish and pop in oven for a few mins to heat slightly.
  3. Add chips to preheated fat, season with salt and pepper and toss in fat so they are evenly coated. Bake for 20 mins or until golden and crisp.
  4. To make pesto, place coriander, spinach and cashews in processor and pulse until just chopped. Mix in parmesan, lime juice and zest, garlic and macadamia oil (and optional chilli), until combined.
  5. You have control over the texture of this pesto. For a chunky pesto, process less; for smoother, process more. Set aside.
  6. Last, cook salmon (start this 5 mins before chips are ready). Cut fish to portions. I try to buy mid-sections of fish so all are same approximate thickness (so as to cook in same amount of time).
  7. Pat flesh dry with paper towel, then rub with a little olive oil and season well on both sides with sea salt and pepper.
  8. Heat cast-iron grill pan so it's moderately hot and cook salmon skin side down for 4-5 mins, until skin crisps. Don't try to turn or flip too early or skin will stick.
  9. Using thin spatula, carefully turn fish and cook for 2-3 mins or until just cooked through (remember, it will continue to cook after you take it from the heat).
  10. Serve salmon on warm plate (or in roasting dish used for potatoes) with dollop of pesto and sweet potato chips.
  11. Tip: I also serve with steamed greens or a simple green salad.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.