Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) can seem restricting or overwhelming. This AIP dinner hits the perfect balance between tasty and simple.
Many users have been requesting recipes that are appropriate for the AIP diet. AIP stands for “auto-immune protocol” and refers to a type of elimination diet that is used to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract in people with auto-immune conditions.
This recipe is both gluten free and paleo and can be made keto if you skip the honey when making the marinade. All the ingredients in this recipe are AIP-approved, and as a bonus, the salmon is packed with anti-inflammatory Omega-3s and marinated with ginger, which is also anti-inflammatory!
I like to pair my honey ginger salmon with roasted mushrooms and acorn squash on the side to create a balanced, AIP-friendly meal. You just have to halve the mushrooms, cut the acorn squash into 1/2″ crescents, toss them together with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast at 425 F for 20-30 minutes!
Quick tip- If you're new to cooking fish or aren't yet confident with it, try cooking the salmon on a lower temperature so you're less likely to overcook it. Preheat your oven to 300 F and bake for 20-25 minutes or just until you see the salmon turn slightly opaque in the middle and it flakes easily.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you like the flavor of this marinade, try using it for other meats like bison or shrimp to give them a sweet and zesty twist!
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Honey Ginger Salmon
- 1 2" knob ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 T coconut aminos
- 1 T honey (OR sub with maple syrup)
- 4 T olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 4 salmon fillets, 4-6 oz each
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Peel and grate ginger for 1T and chop 2 cloves garlic.
- Whisk together the following: 1T grated ginger + 2 chopped garlic cloves + 4T coconut aminos + 1T honey (or maple syrup) + 4T olive oil + 1T lemon juice from 1 lemon.
- Marinate salmon for 30 minutes.
- Remove salmon from marinade and bake for 15-18 minutes or cooked through/flaky.
What is the nutrition like in this AIP dinner recipe?
Whether or not you follow an AIP diet, this AIP dinner recipe is simple, full of flavor and quite nutritious. Here is a summary of some of the nutrients this garlic ginger salmon provides:
Salmon (Omega-3 Fatty Acids, B Vitamins, Potassium, Selenium)
Salmon is particularly high in healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that omega-3s may help protect against heart disease. Due to its selenium content, salmon is good for your thyroid and bone health. Wild salmon is higher in some nutrients, like potassium, than farmed salmon.
Ginger helps with nausea and indigestion and also provides antibacterial and antioxidant benefits.
Garlic (Beneficial Sulfur Compounds, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium)
People have used Garlic in homeopathic remedies for thousands of years, as it may help reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and some types of cancer. Eating garlic may also help prevent colds and other minor illnesses. Scientists believe these substantial health benefits may stem primarily from garlic's sulfur compounds such as allicin, diallyl disulfide and sallyl cysteine.
Coconut aminos contain the fermented sap of coconut palm trees and sea salt. Paleo-friendly, gluten free, and AIP-friendly, they contain about 1/3 of the amount of sodium per teaspoon as soy sauce.
While not super nutrient dense, coconut aminos are a great substitute for soy sauce to add some umami flavor while keeping your stir fry healthy and allergen free.
Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which are strongest in darker honey. Buy raw local honey when possible as filtering the honey can diminish its nutrients.
Lemon (Vitamin C, Citric Acid)
Just one lemon provides 51% of the daily recommended vitamin C. This is important not only to fight colds but for long-term health. Studies show consuming produce with vitamin C helps prevent heart disease and stroke. Consuming lemons can also help protect against anemia and kidney stones.
AIP for Beginners – The Basics
If you're new to AIP and want a guide for AIP for Beginners, check out my AIP Meal Plan Tips!
I know the Autoimmune Protocol diet can be overwhelming so I created a detailed guide. It includes a clear list of what foods the AIP diet allows and prohibits, tips for creating an AIP meal plan and 5 simple AIP dinner recipes.
The guide also includes a side-by-side comparison of the similarities and differences of Paleo and AIP. The two diets are similar but do have some key differences. You'll especially want to understand these differences if you plan to convert Paleo recipes to AIP. Knowing how to convert recipes can be useful as there are so many more paleo recipes available than AIP recipes.
What should I serve with this garlic ginger salmon?
Most simple veggie sides work well with this garlic ginger salmon. If you want to keep the meal AIP-friendly, avoid nightshade vegetables. These include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes.
Here are some sides that go well with this dish:
- Cauliflower rice
- Zoodles (check out my quick video on how to make your own zucchini noodles!)
- Roasted carrots
- Sauteed spinach
- Roasted parsnips
- Steamed or roasted broccoli
- Roasted brussels sprouts
- Simple green salad
- Bok choy
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Roasted acorn squash or butternut squash (see the best way to chop butternut squash here!)
- Roasted mushrooms
I recommend making a list of your favorite AIP-approved veggies and mixing and matching different items from the list throughout the week. And remember, even a simple change like roasting broccoli instead of steaming it can help keep things interesting!
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If you feel overwhelmed by AIP's restrictions, I highly recommend getting help. It can seem like a lot but once you get the hang of it, AIP really is doable. It helps a lot to remember that it's a temporary elimination diet, not something you have to stick to forever!
If it's within your budget, you may want to work one-on-one with an RD. If that's not possible though, our Prep Dish AIP meal plans make things SO much easier! They include 4 weeks of meal plans, each with 4 dinners, a salad, a breakfast, a snack and a dessert.
Like all Prep Dish meal plans, you'll receive detailed prep day instructions to help you meal prep your AIP meals for the week. This way you won't have to think about sticking to AIP. Your compliant meals will be ready and waiting for you. Plus, they're super tasty and never boring so you won't feel like you're missing out!
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