This lemon butter salmon recipe introduces a delicious take on this tender fish. It’s slathered with spices and baked to perfection in a healthy amount of butter.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
Yes, our lemon butter salmon recipe is healthy.
To begin, it has an attractive nutritional profile: 455 calories, 10.8 g saturated fats, and 546.8 mg sodium. This is the result of using butter and salt reasonably while controlling portion size.
Among the proteins, salmon is particularly healthy due to its omega-3 content. These fats have been shown to have beneficial effects on the human body and reduce the risk of certain diseases.
Baked alongside the salmon are asparagus and cherry tomatoes. These ingredients add texture, flavor, and extra micronutrients to the dish.
For this lemon butter salmon recipe you’ll need salmon, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, lemons, and other ingredients to add flavor:
Skin-on, boneless salmon fillets are the perfect choice for this dish. The skin will shrink and add a deliciously chewy texture once baked in the oven.
There were no fillets left in the size we wanted, so we had to purchase a larger variety and perform some trimming. The trimmings are perfect for making casseroles or simply with rice and soy sauce.
Keep in mind that there are also sushi-grade fillets, which can be a tad more expensive. Regular fillets are good enough for this recipe.
Asparagus is the classic choice of veg for salmon. With the woody end trimmed, they’ll turn tender, juicy, and slightly sweet with a subtle fragrance.
While most people chop off the woody end of asparagus, it can actually be shaved with a peeler and eaten. This both reduces food waste and leaves more room in your fridge.
We also added some cherry tomatoes. They add extra acidity to enhance the tangy flavor of the dish.
We seasoned the fillets with lemon juice, minced garlic, garlic powder for extra savoriness, paprika and Cajun for a kick, and salt and pepper. Besides adding flavor, lemon juice also helps to increase the salmon’s tenderness.
Once marinated, the fillets are placed onto a tray along with the veg, then topped with chunks of butter. The butter will drip down over the ingredients to cook them evenly and fuse with the seasonings to become a fragrant, delicious sauce.
For even more fragrance, we used the juice from half a lemon, then sliced the other thinly and added the slices to the tray.
If you like, you can turn these seasonings into a sauce instead: Sauté the garlic with butter first, whisk in the seasonings, then reduce it until a thick consistency is reached. Brush the salmon and vegetables every 5 minutes of baking, and drizzle what’s left onto the final product.
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Lemon butter salmon is a classic dish that never gets old. This recipe is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser.