Baked salmon fillet begs for bold, fresh flavors. Use these simple steps to add lemon, dill and roasted tomatoes to yours. Bake it all up on a sheet pan and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Does your mouth water just looking at this? I hope so because the flavors are something amazing. If there’s anything I want you to learn from your time with me here, it’s that you don’t need a long list of ingredients to make a recipe wonderful.
Simple things, a little time, a little heat, and ta-dah! Delicious.
If you’ve never cooked salmon before, let me welcome you to a whole new world of easy. This baked salmon fillet is covered with lemon slices, fresh dill, and boasts roasted cherry tomatoes that you can toss on one big sheet pan and bake up. It takes less than a half hour to cook and only a handful of minutes to prep.
I dream of roasted cherry tomatoes at night. They are one of my most favorite things ever. I hope I have them in heaven–they’ll just round out the whole experience.
Tips for the best baked salmon fillet with lemon and dill
- Always get Alaskan salmon fillets if you can. I have to buy all of my fish frozen, so read the label. If it doesn’t say Alaskan, not could it have been caught in a non-sustainable way but the quality comes in to question as does the flavor. Your salmon should be deep pink and between 3/4″ and 1″ thick–not flat and pale.
- Use fresh dill. It’s cheap–less than $2 for a container of it and the flavor is mild so feel free to use it all up in this recipe. If you have leftovers, store them in a glass of cold water in your fridge until you can use it all up, or freeze it in an ice cube and toss it in to soup.
- Slice your lemons thinly. If you have time, you can put the fish in a bowl with the lemon juice, salt, and olive oil for 5-7 minutes to help it absorb even more flavor but don’t let it sit longer than that.
- If you’re pressed for time, assemble the night before, leaving off the lemons and salt, cover with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge. To bake, uncover, sprinkle on the salt, layer on the lemons and bake as directed–that’s a really fast dinner!
Want more salmon? Try my baked salmon cakes!
Baked salmon fillet with lemon, dill and roasted tomatoes
For the Fish
- Preheat the oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking dish or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay the salmon 1 inch apart on the baking dish and drizzle evenly with the olive oil.
- Sprinkle the salt and dill evenly over each piece and layer on two slices of lemon on each piece of fish.
- Lay the tomatoes beside the fish and drizzle over the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic and toss to coat.
- Bake uncovered until the tomatoes burst and release their juices and the fish flakes easily with a fork--about 20 minutes. Serve warm with couscous, green beans or a salad.