Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Baked Salmon with Barbecue Seasoning


Salmon is one of the top power foods for your entire body. It’s packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which have amazing anti-inflammatory properties in the body. Salmon contains just as much protein as chicken or beef, but with only healthy fats. Leftover salmon is great scrambled with eggs or tossed in with a green salad.

2 (4-ounce) salmon fillets

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Juice of ½ lemon

1½ teaspoons Chili Powder (here)

1½ teaspoons dried paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2 Place the salmon skin-side down in the dish.

3 Pour the maple syrup and lemon juice over the salmon.

4 Sprinkle the chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder over the fillets.

5 Bake for 20 minutes. The salmon is done when the fish flakes easily with a fork.

6 Serve immediately.

Ingredient tip: Don’t overcook the salmon. Overcooked fish turns rubbery, and the “fishy” flavor tends to be emphasized. Fish is safely cooked when the internal temperature measures 145°F with a meat thermometer.

Per Serving (4 ounces): Calories: 197 Total fat: 8g Sodium: 53mg Total carbs: 9g Sugar: 7g Fiber: 0g Protein: 23g

Post-Op Servings

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