Baked Salmon with Lemon, Dill and Parsley

Baked Salmon with Lemon, Dill and Parsley |simply fresh dinners

I cook salmon year round in various types of ways but when it’s time for spring I like to use simple, fresh ingredients that enhance the flavour of my favourite fish.  In this dish I used lemon, olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs.  It’s a simple meal with a refreshing taste that anyone can make.

Lots of readers tell me that they order salmon in the restaurant but never cook it at home (Yes, Stephanie, YOU are one of the guilty ones! ha!)  With this recipe you don’t have to worry about messing up because it’s super easy.

Generally you should bake undressed salmon at 450 F for 5 minutes for every half inch.  So if your salmon is 1 inch at it’s thickest part, cook for 10 minutes.  You have two options to test when it’s done.  Firstly, you can insert a fork in it and gently twist.  If it flakes easily, it’s done.  Your other choice is to use a meat thermometer (I use this when I’m cooking salmon for guests).  Salmon is cooked at 145 F.  Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the fish.  I recommend doing this a few minutes before you think it’s done so you don’t overcook it.  It can rest for 5 minutes.  Once your salmon is cooked, clean your thermometer and utensils with hot water and soap to ensure there is no cross contamination.

When done, your salmon should be opaque with milky-white juices.  You’ll notice I took the cooked lemon slices off and replaced them with fresh ones.  This is mainly for presentation and if I want, I can squeeze a little more lemon on to the fish.  I added some fresh herbs as well when serving.

We all know that salmon is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids and protein but did you know that it’s considered one of the world’s healthiest foods?  They have recently discovered new benefits to eating salmon and if you want to know more, just click here.

Once you’ve had your first success with salmon at home, you’ll never go back.  There are so many fun ways to cook salmon that you’ll never run out of ideas.  I have lots of suggestions right here to get you started.  Good luck!

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Baked Salmon with Lemon, Dill and Parsley
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Serves: 2
  • 1 pound salmon fillet, cut into 2 8 oz servings
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup each of fresh parsley and dill, chopped.
  • kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Use foil wrap sprayed with cooking oil if you want to avoid a mess.
  2. Wash salmon and pat dry with paper towels. I leave the skin on when cooking, you can remove it afterwards.
  3. Mix olive oil and garlic together, spreading lightly over the entire fish.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add chopped parsley and dill and complete with lemon slices.
  6. Cook for 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon. This one took some extra time because it was so thick. Don't be afraid to measure. Use your thermometer or the fork method.
  7. Remove from oven and serve.


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  • Reply Anita Rivera March 20, 2014 at 6:29 am

    OH! I caught your post in time! And I just had this last night! Nothing like salmon and lemon! Happy day, Robyn!

  • Reply Stephanie March 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Once again you are tempting me with delicious salmon! I may have to go to the grocery store and pick up the ingredients to make this for the upcoming weekend – yummy!

    Love and hugs to you, friend!

  • Reply cheri March 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Oh I just adore salmon, love this presentation!

  • Reply Serene @ House of Yumm March 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Yum!! This looks amazing! I love salmon. One of our favorite things to make for dinners! I’m always looking for different ways to prepare it. This is a wonderfully simple recipe. Thanks! Hope you have a great rest of the week and fabulous weekend coming up!

  • Reply Mindie Hilton March 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Sounds great, I have never liked salmon much, but love seafood in general. This sounds tempting. Please come share at Bacon Time linky tomorrow if you want 🙂

  • Reply Sanghamitra March 21, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Looks so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  • Reply Marla March 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop. Sounds like a tasty health recipe.

  • Reply Amy | Club Narwhal March 21, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Robyn, this looks absolutely gorgeous! I’m also one of those people who don’t tend to make salmon much at home but this recipe has convinced me to try more often 🙂 This sounds like the perfect recipe for spring.

  • Reply Gaye @CalmHealthySexy March 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Robyn – I love salmon, and this looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with the Let’s Get Real party.

  • Reply Mindy March 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    We have some salmon in the freezer that needs to be used and simple is my way of eating lately so this works perfect.

  • Reply Bam's Kitchen March 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful Robyn. So simple and beautiful. I am glad you wrote these very simple directions for testing when the salmon is done and it is not always nice to stick your fork in your guests salmon to make sure that it is cooked properly. Beautiful spring dish! Take Care, BAM

  • Reply threekidsandafish March 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I love salmon and this looks delicious! I love the lemon on top! Checking this out from super saturday link party!

  • Reply Linda @ it all started with paint March 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Looks so fresh and delicious – and, unlike just about everything else that has linked up to the Super Saturday Link party — healthy!!!

    🙂 Linda

  • Reply Nina March 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Hi! Dear Robyn! another super tasty receipt! I love salmon. Next time, I’ll folllow your receipt!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply GiGi Eats Celebrities March 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I drool and drool and drool until I am dehydrated and need to go to the hospital to get fluids! Ah ha! Salmon is my HANDS DOWNNNNNN favorite food on the face of the planet. Not a day goes by that I do NOT EAT IT! Seriously! LOL!

  • Reply Erlene March 23, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Love salmon. Pinned this to try it. Visiting from Fri. Pin Fest.

  • Reply Jennifer @TheRebelChick March 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Oh that sounds delicious! I have a few salmon filets in the freezer, I am going to have to try this!

  • Reply Miz Helen March 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    What a beautiful Salmon, I love the lemon and dill combo! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Reply Antionette Blake March 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I love salmon, I made it for dinner on Friday night. Thanks for sharing this recipe and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  • Reply Diane (@SimpleLivingEat) March 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I love your classic preparation of this salmon. Yes, it is wonderful for Spring. thanks for bringing it by foodie friday.

  • Reply Kathy March 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This sounds like a perfect spring dish! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  • Reply Adelina Priddis March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    So delicious! Salmon is my favorite dish as well. Thanks for sharing this simple recipe on Foodie Friday

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  • Reply Carly March 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I love to cook but I’m a little shy about making fish (not sure why). This looks like a great recipe, I’m going to have to try it! Thanks.

  • Reply Nicky March 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I am eating more salmon because of Lent. I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I pinned it to our Let’s Get Real Blog Hop board. That’s for sharing this at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party last week. I hope you’ll join us again. The party goes live at 5pm EST tonight.

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    Robyn,This salmon looks STUNNING! I LOVE the addition of lemons! 🙂 Featuring you today on #GetHimFed on Anyonita Nibbles!

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    I love salmon and dill together. x

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    I love this combo of flavors! Makes me feel like Spring! Very pretty photos!

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  • Reply Abbe @ Abbe's Cooking Antics April 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

    WOW, Robyn – Salmon is one of my favourite fish, and I try to cook it as often as I can – I love this recipe and am genuinely going make it this week, just need some fresh dill and I’m on my way 🙂 xx

    • Reply Robyn April 7, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Thanks, Abbe. I’m a big fan of salmon too and I love to highlight the flavour in simple ways. Enjoy! Have a great week.

  • Reply Maggie October 14, 2014 at 1:09 am

    What a simple and refreshing recipe for salmon! I often cook salmon on stove top but I admit they are quite messy! I never cook salmon with foil because I was afraid they will turn up soggy. The salmon on your picture is so delicious and nicely cooked! Thanks for sharing this, I have enough confidence to cook salmon in the oven now 🙂
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