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Easy Lemon Dill Salmon Recipe

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Lemon Dill Salmon

This Easy Lemon Dill Salmon Recipe uses lemon and dill to make a tasty, simple but fancy dish. It needs only 10 minutes to prepare and 25 to cook. It serves 4, great for a quick dinner or to impress guests.

The salmon fillets bake at 350 degrees F until they’re flaky with a fork. This step usually takes about 25 minutes. Each serving has 320 calories, 22g of fat, 2g of carbs, and 26g of protein. The main ingredients are salmon, butter, lemon juice, dill, garlic, salt, and pepper. These make the dish taste and smell amazing.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For your lemon dill salmon, start with 1 pound of salmon fillets. Add ¼ cup of melted butter and 5 tablespoons of lemon juice for a tangy twist. This mix is key for a flavor-packed dish.

1 tablespoon of dried dill adds an herby taste to the salmon. Fresh dill works great too. For a kick, include ¼ teaspoon garlic powder. It balances the lemon and dill flavors.

Don’t forget to season with sea salt and black pepper. These basics make your dish pop. Here are some twist options:

  • Butter substitutes: Olive oil is lighter and healthier.
  • Citrus alternatives: Lime gives a fresh, unique taste instead of lemon.
  • Fresh herbs: Use fresh dill for a brighter taste than dried.
  • Wine enhancements: White wine adds more scent and flavor. Pick Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Unoaked Chardonnay.
  • Salmon varieties: Try sockeye, king, or coho salmon for different tastes. They each bring their own fatty and juicy qualities.


First, heat your oven to the right temperature. You can bake salmon at 350 degrees F or 325 degrees F. The texture might change a bit, but both ways are good. Cooking times will be different, though.

Now, put the salmon in a baking dish coated with oil. You can top it with a mix of melted butter and lemon juice or use olive oil. Add dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper for taste.

If you’re oven-poaching, add 1/4 cup of white wine. This makes a steamy, moist place for the salmon. Cover it tightly with foil so it stays moist.

Baking salmon is easy. For a 1-inch piece, bake at 325 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes. Or use 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes. Always make sure the inside is 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This means it’s cooked and ready to eat.

After baking, let the salmon sit for a bit outside the oven. Cover it but not too tightly, so it doesn’t dry out. This makes your dish juicy and perfect to eat.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

To make the best lemon dill salmon, use some key cooking tips. Place the salmon on a rack to keep it from sticking. This also makes it crunchier. Add lemon slices and dill under the fish before you bake it. This brings out more flavors in the salmon.

Get rid of the white stuff (albumin) by scraping it off. To make it look better, pour some baking liquid over the salmon first.

Storing baked salmon means putting it in the fridge within two hours. Eat it in 2-3 days for the best taste. For meal prepping with salmon, cut it into pieces after it cools. Then, store it in a sealed container in the fridge.

You can also freeze the salmon. Wrap it in foil or plastic, then put it in a freezer bag. It will be good for a month. Following these steps will keep your salmon tasty and not overcooked when you reheat it.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Want to make your lemon dill salmon tastier? You have many choices. First, try some lemon dill salmon pairings to enhance the flavors. Roasted asparagus, sautéed zucchini, or steamed broccoli go well with the salmon’s tang. Or, add Mediterranean couscous salad, mashed potatoes, or buttered noodles for a different taste.

Salads also go great with your salmon. A Caesar salad, lemon orzo pasta salad, or a balsamic vinaigrette green salad are good picks. For a twist, choose cucumber salads like a tangy cucumber dish or an avocado-cucumber salad.

Don’t be scared to try new things with your salmon. Use different herbs and spices to match your taste. A yogurt-based dill sauce is a creamy topping that works well. You can even try making a salmon foil packet. Add lemon slices and more veggies for a one-step meal. These tips can make your lemon dill salmon a hit at any gathering.

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