Salmon, Sleep and A Delicious Recipe

Sleep and The Connection to Salmon

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Salmon and Sleep.


Sleep and salmon may seem like an odd combination but go with me for a minute.


Salmon is a popular fatty fish that it’s loaded with nutrients and has many impressive health benefits. Salmon is a great source of protein, B Vitamins, Potassium, selenium, and antioxidants.


But how does salmon improve my sleep?


There are strong connections between sleep and food. Understanding these connections can help you succeed in your wellness goals,

Steamed Salmon with Lemon Aioli

The combination of Omega fatty acids and Vitamin D found in salmon is one of the key factors in improved sleep.


These have both been proven to increase natural levels of serotonin.  Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer and sleep booster.


FYI, serotonin can also enhance your sex life.

All in all, salmon is a great option when you are trying to improve your sleep.

Steamed Salmon with Lemon Aioli is a delicious and healthy option. Do not serve it with simple carbs if sleep is an issue.

People who eat simple carbs in the evening will often find their sleep disrupted.


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Steamed Salmon Fillets with Lemon Aioli make a great meal for that soecial evening and they are 10 Day Detox and Blood Sugar Solution safe.

Steamed Salmon Fillets with Lemon Aioli

  • Author: Dr. Mark Hyman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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.




  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bring just to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to low, place a lid on the pot, and simmer the broth for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.
  5. 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.
  6. Sprinkle the salmon fillets with the salt and pepper.
  7. Place the salmon fillets in a single layer on the steamer rack and replace the lid.
  8. 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.


  • Serving Size: 6 ounces salmon, 2 tablespoons aioli
  • Calories: 450
  • Fat: 31 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 38 g
  • Cholesterol: 125 mg
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This recipe posted, with permission, from Dr. Mark Hyman’s Eat Fat, Get Thin

Does this recipe sound like one you would enjoy?


Please share your thoughts below.


To Your Health,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

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34 thoughts on “Salmon, Sleep and A Delicious Recipe”

  1. I have read that Salmon really has many good benefits. Indeed it’s good for the body. I have been into cooking since pandemic hits us. I would love to try this out too. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. My husband and I really love salmon so much, and yes, lemon goes with salmon so well.
    So delicious!

  3. wow, i really love this recipe Steamed Salmon Fillet. I am not good with salmon but going to try this recipe.

  4. Nice recipe. We love salmon and always nice to have a different recipe. Lemon goes with it so well! I made prawns with lemon and caper sauce today and that was good too.

  5. Hey Elise,

    Here after a long time and like always loved your post. I do missed reading your posts as I was busy with one of my new projects, but will be regular from now on.

    Keep up the good work.

    ~ Donna

  6. Hi Elise,
    I have the BEST sleep at night – all on my own. I look forward to my dreams – no matter how weird they may be. I also have a light show that’s on the ceiling in blues and green colors. It’s very relaxing. I call it my “canopy of stars”

  7. Hi Elise,
    I have the BEST sleep at night – all on my own. I look forward to my dreams – no matter how weird they may be. I also have a light show that’s on the ceiling in blues and green colors. It’s very relaxing. I call it my “canopy of stars”

  8. Kathryn Maclean

    Hi Dr. Elise,
    Wonderful recipe for salmon
    I and my husband both have worked as cooks a long time back.
    Will take this and make it soon.

    Thanks for sharing a great looking steamed salmon recipe.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.