Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dill

Cooking for One or Two, Recipes, Worknight Dinners
baked salmon with garlic and dill
baked salmon with garlic and dill

Photo: Leigh Loftus

There are many ways to make baked salmon but for every baked salmon recipe you find, there is an equal and opposite way to ruin said baked salmon. Salmon is quite easy to overcook, which I know because I’ve overcooked it many times to the point where not even a healthy sauce or marinade could fix it.

It goes along with my theory: most people who think they’re bad cooks are actually perfectly competent, but they either get distracted, sidetracked or otherwise preoccupied during the cooking process, leading to various mistakes and missteps in the kitchen.

This recipe is pretty difficult to ruin: it uses three ingredients, most of which are already in your house. If you have to make a run to the store to purchase anything, you can get in and out for the cost of the salmon, plus a dollar or two for garlic or dill. Assuming you have a kitchen stocked with salt, pepper and olive oil, which I realize is a generous assumption for some people, this is a no-frills, no-fuss dinner that you simply can’t ruin…especially if you set a cooking timer.

Pair it with a green salad or sautéed spinach and some wild rice or quinoa and you’ll have an impressive and easy meal for any night of the week.

baked salmon with garlic and dill

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dill
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Serves: 2
  • 2 6-8 ounce salmon fillets
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon and 2-1/4 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
  1. In the bowl of a small food processor, process garlic to a rough mince. Add dill and olive oil and pulse a few times to combine. The mixture should resemble a coarse paste. (Note: If you don't have a food processor, use a mortar and pestle or even your fingers to rub the dill, garlic and olive oil into a paste).
  2. Lay fish fillets in a baking dish, skin side down. Rub garlic mixture over fish. If time allows, refrigerate for up to two hours, covered, to let the flavors blend.
  3. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
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