Enjoy This Recipe for Steamed Salmon Fillets with Lemon Aioli

Steaming is a fast, easy, and nutritious way to prepare salmon. It can be served warm or chilled, making it easily transportable to the office or other away-from-home dining spot.

Steamed Salmon is delicious cooked ahead of time and chilled.

Yield: 4 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 rib celery, roughly chopped
  • ½ small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large lemon, quartered


  • ½ cup organic mayonnaise
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of white pepper


  • 4 (6‑ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a wide 5‑ to 6‑quart pot, combine all the broth ingredients,squeezing the lemon quarters into the water and adding the lemon rinds to the pot. Place a steamer rack, either metal or nonstick silicone, in the pot. The broth level should just meet or be below the level of the steamer rack. Bring just to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, place a lid on the pot, and simmer the broth for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

While the broth is simmering, combine all the aioli ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set aside to serve with the salmon.

Sprinkle the salmon fillets with the salt and pepper. Place the salmon fillets in a single layer on the steamer rack and replace the lid. Steam the salmon for 5 to 6 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°F when tested with a digital thermometer. The fillets will be a light pink-orange color.

Serve the salmon warm or cool with 2 tablespoons of the lemon aioli per serving. Pair with Lemony Broccoli Slaw. You can make ahead and chill the salmon or store leftovers in the refrigerator in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. It’s best enjoyed within 2 days.

Nutritional analysis per serving (about 6 ounces salmon, 2 tablespoons aioli) :calories 450, fat 31 g, saturated fat 5 g, cholesterol 125 mg, fiber 0 g, protein 38 g, carbohydrate 2 g, sodium 310 mg

This recipe posted, with permission, from Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book Eat Fat, Get Thin

Author: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
With over 25 years of experience, Elise Cohen Ho, PhD, HHP, NC, MH is an expert in natural health (mental, physical and emotional), support of the family unit and support of the individual. As a Natural Health & Lifestyle Therapist, Amazon International Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker, she wants every person to understand that they bring incredible POWER to the world with their amazing and unique gifts. Elise is available as a freelance writer, public speaker and for private consultation. Please email elise@elisecohenho.com to set up a FREE consultation today.


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