Our lemon dill salmon recipe is easy enough to make for any weeknight meal and fancy enough for a dinner party. Accompanied by crisp vegetables and served with a mayo-based sauce, the fish stays fresh and fork-tender.
Baking salmon with vegetables in the oven is a smart way to cook this delectable fish, ensuring everything is done to perfection at the same time. Plus, the clean-up is then a breeze.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
The short answer is yes, our lemon dill salmon recipe is healthy.
With salmon as the principal ingredient, today's recipe is high in protein. Each meal contains approximately 48 g of protein, which accounts for up to 86 percent of the USDA’s recommended daily requirement.
To preserve a healthy balance of key nutrients, we included a small quantity of fat in both the baked fish and the creamy sauce. Each serving contains only 5 g of saturated fat.
Apart from the saturated fat, the sodium and calorie counts are both within healthy ranges, coming in at roughly 580 mg and 500 calories, respectively. In other words, this lemon dill recipe has been put together very carefully to make a delicious and healthy main dish.
Salmon: This lemon dill salmon recipe may easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you're serving and how much salmon you prefer per serving. Our serving sizes typically vary from 6 to 8 ounces. Choose a smaller amount if you're pairing the salmon with many side dishes.
Dill: Dill is often enjoyed with seafood and the herb really elevates the salmon in this recipe. It adds a delicate, sharp punch to the fish.
If you prefer other more common spices or herbs like parsley, sage, garlic, and chives, feel free to go with them. They are all particularly delicious with salmon.
Lemon: The trick to a perfectly juicy baked lemon is to cook the fish with a little liquid. In this recipe, each salmon filet is roasted on a layer of thick lemon slices.
The salmon poached in the juice from the lemon and is baked until tender and moist. Once the salmon is done, save the lemon and squeeze the juice over the filet. The recipe calls for both lemon zest and juice to maximize the citrus flavor.
Seasonings: We season the salmon with salt and black pepper. Paprika and Cajun seasoning add a pleasant, but not too spicy, kick of heat. Don’t forget to coat both sides of the fish for the best tasting experience.
The best part about our lemon dill salmon is the creamy sauce. It takes just minutes to make with simple condiments from your pantry. Here are the main ingredients you will need:
The sauce is creamy and thick, yet with the tang of lemon and the fresh flavor of dill, featuring the taste of summer.
Refrigerate cooked salmon in shallow airtight containers or wrap it securely in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap to extend its shelf life safely and preserve the quality. You should also store them separately in portions for easier reheating later.
Cooked salmon will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer if stored properly.
We recommend reheating this lemon dill salmon at 300°F in the oven. Also, cover the salmon with aluminum foil to keep it from drying out. The cooked salmon should be reheated to a safe internal temperature of 145° F, according to FDA guidelines. If your salmon isn’t hot enough, continue to cook for another few minutes until it reaches the recommended temperature.
What to Serve With
We complete this flavorful lemon dill salmon with a simple side dish: kale salad. Packed with vibrant veggies, crunchy nuts, and juicy berries, our kale salad takes only 15 minutes to prepare and tastes like summer in a bowl.
Fresh lime juice is an excellent beverage to include with this meal because it pairs well with seafood. Additionally, it packs a nutritious punch with numerous health benefits.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
A simple yet elegant dish that is perfect for a dinner party or special occasion