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Whole Baked Salmon with Parsley and Walnuts Recipe

Whole Baked Salmon with Parsley and Walnuts

Credit: Lee Holmes

This dish is an impressive showstopper for dinner parties or gatherings. I usually serve it with a simple salad or baked vegetables. The next day I use the leftovers to whip up a salmon and asparagus frittata.

Serves: 6–8



  • 3–4kg fresh whole salmon, scaled & gutted
  • Small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup whole walnuts
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons (2 sliced)
  • Celtic sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Wash salmon and pat dry with paper towel inside and out.
  3. With sharp knife, make slices into salmon and fill with parsley and walnuts.
  4. Place piece of foil on large baking tray. Place fish on top in centre or diagonally if too large, and drizzle oil and squeeze lemon on top.
  5. Place a few slices of lemon inside salmon and on top. Season well.
  6. Wrap foil to make loose parcel.
  7. Cook for 30 mins or until cooked through. To check fish is cooked, take a clean skewer and push into deepest part of fish, just behind head.
  8. Remove foil and squeeze extra lemon and olive oil over fish.
  9. For use on following day, keep chilled in fridge.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.