Baked Salmon with a Saffron Walnut Crust

Serves 4

Temperature: 380ºF

This dish features two powerhouse brain-health foods, salmon and walnuts, so it’ll help power up your brain while satisfying your taste buds.

[ingredients title=”Ingredients”]

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless wild salmon, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup of walnuts, blended into a nut meal (some small chunks okay)

  • 2 pinches of saffron

  • ½ teaspoon salt


[directions title=”Directions”]

  1. Preheat oven to 380ºF

  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a thin coating of coconut oil.

  3. Place the salmon on the baking sheet. Beat the egg in a separate bowl, and pour it over the salmon until well coated on all sides. Press it with your hands to make the egg soak into the fish


  4. Mix the walnut meal, saffron, and salt together on a plate. Press each fillet into the walnut mixture to coat.

  5. Place the salmon back in the backing sheet.

  6. Bake for 7 minutes, turn the salmon over, and bake for another 7 minutes, or to your desired doneness.


Dr. Mike Dow, Psy. D is a highly sought-after psychotherapist and bestselling author of numerous books including the upcoming Heal Your Drained Brain: Naturally Relieve Anxiety, Combat Insomnia, and Balance Your Brain in Just 14 Days. In the book, Dr. Mike explains how brain drain works, and why we’re wired to suffer from it, as well as to provide helpful tools and remedies for getting back on track. In addition, he includes nutritional information and breathing techniques, and easy-to-follow guidance on supplements, self-hypnosis and mindfulness. The short-term effects of brain drain are uncomfortable, but the long-term effects can be life-threatening, including increasing the risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Recipe has been reprinted with permission from Heal Your Drained Brain by Dr. Mike Dow. It is published by Hay House, Inc. and is available at all bookstores or online at

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