I love salmon or should I say I use to just love salmon when I would go to a restaurant to eat it? You see, previously when I would try to cook salmon… well, I would either over-cook it, under-cook it, or just make sure it wasn’t edible. Yep, I’ve learned that there are far too many ways to screw up salmon.
So with that being said, I was very happy to learn from a friend how to make salmon taste just like you are dining at a restaurant. It’s also super simple to make and doesn’t require very many ingredients. And did I mention it’s delicious?! 🙂
Even if you aren’t a salmon fan or think you aren’t a salmon fan, I would give this recipe a try. You may be surprised. Really.
Easy Baked Salmon
Freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon (or more)
3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil (honestly, I didn’t measure)
Optional ingredients depending on what you like:
Minced or smashed garlic with fresh or dried basil
Or use any other herbs or spices that you have on hand
Place salmon fillets in small casserole dish or glass baking dish (skin side down if you purchased the salmon with the skin and don’t worry, the skin easily peels off after it has been baked). Generously salt and pepper the salmon. I like salt… a lot. 🙂 Now throw in any other herbs or spices you like. I threw in minced garlic. I didn’t have any basil on hand, but I would have added if I did. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the salmon and then drizzle olive oil generously over everything. Let marinate in fridge for about an hour… if you don’t have an hour, just marinate for as long as you can. It will still be delicious even without marinating at all.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until fish easily flakes with fork. Remove foil and broil for another 2 to 3 minutes until the salmon starts to look a little crispy! Yum!
I served the salmon with spinach salad, which I added apples, walnuts and a pear dressing to. I also cut a butternut squash into “fries” (so much fun cutting a butternut squash – NOT!). I tossed the “fries” in coconut oil, generously salted and peppered, then baked at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes while making sure to flip half way through. And then I devoured my plate. Eating Healthy tastes so darn good! 😀