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Paleo Crispy Salmon Skin Recipe

Louise | February 26
Paleo Crispy Salmon Skin Recipe #paleo

If you find yourself craving potato chips, don’t go running to the chip aisle of the grocery store head for the seafood counter instead and pick up some fish for this Paleo crispy salmon skin recipe. With only three ingredients, this recipe couldn’t be easier to make. It is a great snack to make when you are already cooking salmon to use up any extra skin. Avocado oil is the perfect option for frying the salmon skins until crispy and golden brown and a pinch of sea salt is the perfect finish to this simple snack.

Six Fun Facts About Salmon

  1. Salmon can survive in both fresh and salt water. They are born in freshwater and move to the sea, returning to freshwater upstream when it is time to lay their eggs. This very is rare because most saltwater fish cannot survive in freshwater.
  2. Salmon have a very strong sense of smell.
  3. Both wild and farmed salmon are rich in long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids which have been linked to numerous health benefits including decreased inflammation, cancer prevention, and improved arterial function [1,2,3,4,5].
  4. Salmon are considered a keystone species which means that they have a disproportionately large impact on their ecosystem. If salmon were to disappear tomorrow their ecosystem would change drastically, possibly even collapse.
  5. Salmon is packed with protein. A regular serving of salmon contain between 22 and 25 grams of protein, the ideal amount for optimal health according to a recent study [6, 7, 8].
  6. Eating salmon regularly may help protect against heart disease [9, 10].

Savory Variations on the Classic Crispy Salmon Skins

Just like potato chips, there are infinite flavor variations possible to add some excitement to your salmon skin chips. Read on for just a few suggestions.

  • Salt and pepper
  • Curry
  • Lime and chili pepper
  • Dill and chive
  • Chipotle pepper

Recipes to Use Up Your Extra Salmon

Since this recipe only uses the skin of the salmon, there is plenty of salmon left over to use in other recipes. Why not fry up some salmon chips to eat as a snack while your salmon dinner cooks or serve some crispy salmon skin alongside your lunch. From salmon tacos to salmon burgers there is something for everyone!

Paleo Crispy Salmon Skin Recipe #paleo

Paleo Crispy Salmon Skin Recipe #paleo

Paleo Crispy Salmon Skin Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American


Satisfy your cravings with these easy salmon chips.


  • 4 salmon skins
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) avocado oil, to cook with
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 g) fine salt


  1. Remove the salmon skins from the salmon filets with a sharp knife.
  2. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Add avocado oil to a pan and heat on high.
  4. Add the salmon skins into the hot pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.  Let cool and enjoy as an easy snack.