Homemade Baked Salmon Bellies

Salmon bellies are actually known, by chefs, to be the best kept secret of fish. They are full of healthy fats and many other nutrients, and absolutely delicious.
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This post was written by my amazing chiropractor, and good friend Carrie! She is not only a talented practitioner, but she is also a wealth of nutritional knowledge and is always whipping up unique recipes in her kitchen. Here is her latest creation…

I got a bag of salmon bellies as a special treat from a local salmon guy that we buy our fish from. Of course I had to figure out what to do with them….but wait, what are salmon bellies?

They are the bellies of a salmon and they are actually known, by chefs, to be the best kept secret of the fish! Full of omegas and delicious!

Well, I found a great breakdown of why salmon bellies are so good in this post:

  • You have skin, which is crispy, yet slightly gelatinous from the subcutaneous fat.

  • You have the meat iself, which is clean and umami-liciously decadent.

  • You have ALL THAT FAT. Salmon, like the rest of us, store most of their fat in their bellies. And this, friends, is a Mother Lode of those omega-3 fatty acids people are all talking about. I actually got a full-on glob of salmon fat in one bite, which, if you can imagine it, was both alarming and tasty. No need to take fish oil pills after this meal.

  • You also have collagen from the cartilage around the fins and bones. This partially melts under the heat of the grill and lubricates everything. I feel that my lips are more supple these days…

  • Finally, there are the fins. The crispy ends of the fins, dipped in whatever sauce you are serving, are nutty little crunchy tidbits that contrast so well with the luxuriant fat, collagen and meat that you’d think Nature herself had created it just for our pleasure. And maybe she did.

Okay, you had me at ” umami-liciously decadent”. Here is how I cooked these little suckers up.

Homemade Baked Salmon Bellies | Real Food RN

Homemade Baked Salmon Bellies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Salmon bellies are actually known, by chefs, to be the best kept secret of fish. They are full of healthy fats and many other nutrients, and absolutely delicious.



    1. First, let me show you how they looked when I took them out of the freezer.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and line the salmon bellies up, skin side down.
    4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
    5. Add a little bit of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!

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5 Replies to “Homemade Baked Salmon Bellies”

  1. We ate them for 20 years while living in Alaska. Salmon and moose were our mainstay. Here in Texas good Salmon is out of our reach…recipe almost made me cry!

  2. I buy straight up salmon bellies ALL the time! By far the BEST part of the fish 🙂 Aw man, I dream about salmon belly actually, because it’s just that good! ha ha. Lets keep this secret between me and you so we don’t have to share salmon belly with anyone!

  3. I had a dispute with the fish department of a big store. The fish pack was labeled “salmon belly” . When I opened it at home there were a lot of parts with fish bones. He smartly answered that what I got was actually a pack of salmon belly with bones. I told him that I had bought some fish packs before labeled “salmon belly” and there were no fish bones. Again, he authoritatively replied that what I got was boneless salmon belly.

    I am confused because as far as I know, salmon belly has no bones.

    I will deeply appreciate it if you can enlighten me on this.

    Thanks in advance,

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