Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lemon Dill Salmon

This Lemon Dill Salmon is so delicious and elegant. The ultimate culinary trifecta of lemon, dill and tender fish makes for a great meal that is simple enough for a weeknight dinner and fancy enough to entertain with.

The flavors are refreshing and bright, packed with the taste of spring that I have been craving in this endless winter!

I absolutely LOVE salmon -- it is by far my favorite fish, and it is packed with good nutrients for your body. I have also been on a kick with dill...I've used it in these steak sandwiches and it is the ultimate flavor boost in this white bean dip. It seemed logical to combine all of my favorite things, and the results were just what I was craving.

Oh, and of course, there's a compound butter involved. Just wait until you see how easy this dish is:

Lemon zest and fresh dill are combined with a bit of unsalted butter. Dynamite.

Compound butter gets spread over a well-seasoned salmon filet.

The butter is topped with thinly sliced lemons and additional fresh dill. The flavor train can't even handle this!

All that is left to do is bake, wait, and enjoy!

This salmon would be delicious served on top of a bed of rice pilaf with steamed broccoli for a yummy healthy dinner. Or pair it with a light salad for a tasty lunch. Ingredients below will serve 2, but this can be easily doubled to yield 4 salmon servings. Either way, let's get our salmon on!

Here's what you need for Lemon Dill Salmon (Print Recipe!)

1 pound salmon filet (skin on) -- fresh is best!
4 to 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
1 lemon, zested and sliced into thin rounds
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Cooking spray, such as Pam

Here's what you do

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and coat with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place salmon, skin side down, on the lined and greased baking sheet. Season the flesh side generously with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, combine butter, dill, and lemon zest. Use a fork to mix together until well-combined. Spread the butter mixture over the salmon filet.

Tent the salmon with another piece of tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.

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