Our Favorite Salmon Recipe

This is a recipe that we got from my mother-in-law. Before I started on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we would go to their house on Sundays for dinner, sometimes cooked out on the grill. Very simple ingredients, very simple instructions. This recipe should work for those on the Paleo diet as well.

Start with a layer of bacon on heavy duty foil:



To make it SCD legal, I purchase low-sodium bacon from Costco, which is made without sugar.

Next, slice an onion and stack the rings on top of the bacon:

onion layer

Place the salmon on the onions:


Sprinkle dill on the salmon:


and, finally, top with slices of lemon:


I typically cover the top of the salmon with lemon slices but the package of wild salmon I purchased (also at Costco) contained two flanks, and I only had one lemon. (If you don’t like lemon, leave it off) Seal the foil around the whole package:


And then place on the grill, high heat for 20 minutes:


Or until the fish is flaky. It comes out looking something like this:


The onions tend to be a bit sauteed/carmelized and are a great side. (Honestly, I also pick through the bacon and eat the bits that aren’t charred. :))

That’s it. So easy and so delicious. There’s usually enough fish left over that we make a salmon frittata a couple of days later. Often we have asparagus with this dish and the leftover asparagus makes it into the frittata as well.



Bonus potato side dish recipe:

There’s an accompanying side dish to this that’s also made in foil but is not SCD- or Paleo diet legal, but I remember that it’s tasty, even though I haven’t had it in years. 🙂 I forget the exact number of medium potatoes (4? 6?), but they’re cut into about 1/2 inch cubes, laid on a sheet of heavy-duty foil. Take a 1/2 cup stick of butter and cube it as well, distributing on the potatoes. Shake some seasoned salt (or Tony Chachere’s) on top of the potatoes & butter. Seal in foil and place on the grill on high heat for about 40 minutes. Crispy potatoes on the bottom, the rest of the potatoes are nice and salty and tasty.

Salmon on the grill

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  • Yield: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: entree


  • 4-6 uncooked bacon slices
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • dill
  • 1 lemon


  1. Follow the pics above! Create a bed of bacon slices on top of heavy duty foil, slice the onion & place rings atop the bacon. Lay the salmon fillet on the onion, sprinkle with dill, and top salmon with lemon slices. Fold foil together to seal ingredients inside and place on a high-heat grill for 20 minutes or until fish is firm and flaky. Remove from grill, serve and eat!

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  1. Lisa November 23, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

    Just tried this recipe last night and it was so delicious! It was so easy to make too. I took your cue and made asparagus as a side dish. Huge hit with the family. This is likely to be our next “go to” SAMon recipe!

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