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Air-Fried BBQ Salmon Pizza on Naan

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bbq salmon pizza

Here’s a fail-proof recipe to satisfy your taste buds after a nice workout or long day. BBQ Salmon Pizza is a BANGIN recipe that also happens to be good for you!

Is BBQ salmon pizza healthy?

As with many things concerning food, the answer is “it depends” on the ingredients you choose! So let’s break down the core ingredients to understand how and why this could be good FOR us.

Center-Cut Wild Salmon

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Wild salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart health, reduce inflammation, and support brain functions.
  • Protein: Center-cut salmon is the meatiest part of the fish and is an excellent source of high-quality protein that facilitates muscle repair and growth.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: It contains vitamins D and B12, and selenium, which supports immune functions and thyroid health.

Paprika seasoning

  • Antioxidants: Paprika is rich in antioxidants, such as carotenoids, which help prevent oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.
  • Vitamin A: Salmon is a source of vitamin A, which helps vision, skin health, and immune functions.

Whole Wheat Naan Bread

  • Fiber: Whole wheat naan is a good source of dietary fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Complex Carbohydrates: Provides sustained energy. These are digested more slowly than simple carbs (like refined sugars).

Low-Sugar BBQ Sauce

  • Reduced Sugar helps minimize added sugars, which can lead to unintended weight gain and other health issues when consumed too much sugar.
  • Flavor with fewer calories: Opting for a reduced calorie and sugar version provides flavor without significantly impacting the calorie count.

Veggies (Asparagus and Red Onion)

  • Asparagus
    • rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and folate.
    • Fiber: Good source of dietary fiber, supporting digestive health.
    • Antioxidants protect cells from damage.
  • Red Onion:
    • Antioxidants, including quercetin, have anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Rich in vitamin C, which supports the immune system and skin health.

Reduced-Fat Mozzarella

  • Lower Fat Content: Reduced-fat mozzarella has less saturated fat compared to regular mozzarella, which is more recommended for heart health.
  • Calcium and Protein: despite being a small amount, mozzarella still provides a good amount of calcium for bone health and protein for muscle maintenance.

How to make BBQ Salmon Pizza

You’ll need only 20 minutes for this baked salmon pizza recipe! It’s a very simple prep, and easy to customize to your tastes.

You will need salmon, wheat naan bread, low-sodium BBQ sauce, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, and veggies like mushrooms, red onions, bell peppers, or even asparagus.

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If you are not making this pizza using leftover ingredients, then you’ll need to decide between using canned salmon and fresh salmon.  Canned salmon is more convenient, but it may not be as ideal for those who do not appreciate a strong fish flavor.   If you are sensitive to that, then I recommend using fresh or baked salmon.

Set air-fryer or oven to 425F.  I use the Breville the Joule® Oven Air Fryer Pro.

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Season salmon with paprika, sea salt, and pepper.  Follow these steps to make grilled salmon.

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Make sure the salmon filet is boneless.

When the salmon is done, take it out of the oven and set aside to cool, so you can easily flake it with a fork.

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You can use store-bought sauce or make your own reduced sugar and calorie sauce such as this Japanese BBQ sauce that pairs beautifully with this dish!

Spread BBQ sauce on the naan bread.

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Add mozzarella as the base, reserving some for the topping.

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Then add the salmon along with your choice of veggies such as asparagus.

Sprinkle a bit more cheese on top then add red onions.

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Place in the air-fryer for 10 minutes or oven for 12 – 15 minutes.  Note: carefully monitor to ensure it is not burning after 8 minutes as some ovens and air-fryers cook faster than others.

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Serve and enjoy immediately while still warm.

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Most important step…remember to FOLD the pizza before enjoying! 😉

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How to customize BBQ Salmon Pizza

You can also change this recipe, and remove or add the ingredients you prefer!

Instead of baked salmon, you can use smoked salmon, any seasonal vegetables, such as tomatoes, spinach or other.   Instead of naan bread, experiment with flatbread, pita or even tortillas for quick crust solutions!

You can use pizza crusts, flat bread or naan like me. I liked this combination from the recipe the most.

How did you like this kind of recipe? Something different, and very simple, healthy, and full of protein.

Let me know in the comments below if you tried the recipe and how you like it.

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Air-Fried BBQ Salmon Pizza on Naan

Ingredients

* Optional Substitution Note

Pizza
  • 2 small pieces (100g) wheat naan bread
  • 4 tablespoons low calorie BBQ sauce
  • 4 thick asparagus spears, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, slices
  • 3/4 cup low calorie mozzarella

Steps

Step 1

Set oven to 405F.

Step 2

Ensure the salmon fillet is free of bones. Ask your butcher for help if you are not sure how to do this.

Step 3

Season the salmon fillet with paprika powder, garlic, chipotle seasoning, salt and pepper.

Step 4

Bake the salmon on nonstick aluminum foil for about 8 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the salmon from the oven and cool. When the salmon has cooled down, you can flake the salmon easily with a fork. Do not worry if the salmon is not fully cooked through. You bake it again on the pizza.

Step 6

Prepare the BBQ/ chili sauce by mixing 2/3 BBQ sauce with 1/3 chili sauce. Ratio is according to how spicy you like it.

Step 7

Spread the sauce evenly over the naan bread and top with the sliced mushrooms, strips of bell pepper, onion, salmon and the grated cheese

Step 8

The quantity of each topping is your choice.

Step 9

Bake the pizza in the oven for 11 minutes. Until the cheese has melted and browned.

Step 10

Serve hot.

Approx macros per pizza.

Air-Fried BBQ Salmon Pizza on Naan

Kevin Curry

A 20-minute 6-ingredient pizza recipe that is nutritionally dense and happens to taste REALLY good! Great in the oven, air-fryer or grill!

Prep 10min
Cook 15min
Total 25min

Category Seafood
Calories 520

Pizza
  • 2 small pieces (100g) wheat naan bread
  • 4 tablespoons low calorie BBQ sauce
  • 4 thick asparagus spears, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, slices
  • 3/4 cup low calorie mozzarella

  1. Set oven to 405F.

  2. Ensure the salmon fillet is free of bones. Ask your butcher for help if you are not sure how to do this.

  3. Season the salmon fillet with paprika powder, garlic, chipotle seasoning, salt and pepper.

  4. Bake the salmon on nonstick aluminum foil for about 8 minutes.

  5. Remove the salmon from the oven and cool. When the salmon has cooled down, you can flake the salmon easily with a fork. Do not worry if the salmon is not fully cooked through. You bake it again on the pizza.

  6. Prepare the BBQ/ chili sauce by mixing 2/3 BBQ sauce with 1/3 chili sauce. Ratio is according to how spicy you like it.

  7. Spread the sauce evenly over the naan bread and top with the sliced mushrooms, strips of bell pepper, onion, salmon and the grated cheese

  8. The quantity of each topping is your choice.

  9. Bake the pizza in the oven for 11 minutes. Until the cheese has melted and browned.

  10. Serve hot.

Nutrition per serving

Calories520cal
Protein39g
Fats19g
Carbs47g
Sodium630mg
Fiber4g
Sugar16g
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Details

Prep 10min
Cook 15min
Total 25min

Nutrition per serving

Calories520cal
Protein39g
Fats19g
Carbs47g
Sodium630mg
Fiber4g
Sugar16g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!