OVEN BAKED SALMON WITH BUTTER LEMON SAUCE

Oven Baked Salmon

Hello everybody!

This is my first post on the blog . Actually, it is the first time I write something to be shared publicly so bear with me as my fingers are almost shaking with every letter I type.

Throughout this blog, I want to share with you my passion for food & what I have learnt & still learning with all the delicious recipes I developed in this journey.

Every recipe I develop has a place in my heart as for me cooking is not just a family obligation; it is more of my comfort & creativity zone. When I am stressed, depressed or even the happiest person on earth, I cook.

This Salmon dish has the biggest chunk of my heart!

I spent all my life hating salmon or let’s say refusing to taste it until my honeymoon when my husband convinced me to give it a try! Let me tell you how much he regretted this decision as I spent my whole vacation eating nothing for dinner but salmon. I so know he wished he never introduced me to such beautiful delicate juicy fish.

Until today, every time I eat salmon, I remember my honeymoon (those romantic over the moon days that we live only once, you know?) so I found no better recipe to start this blog with other than my favorite oven baked salmon with butter lemon sauce.

On a another note, THANK GOD my special meal is a healthy one as salmon is packed with Omega 3 & many other proteins, vitamins & minerals.  NOT ONE OF THOSE JUNK MEALS!

It’s a healthy delicious & easily cooked fish, lucky me!

Yet, it is one of the most delicate fish & requires just minutes to cook otherwise it turns into chewy rubber & loses its unique taste & juiciness.

In this recipe, I chose to cook the salmon in the oven because cooking it over the stove is just a nightmare! You end up spending hours cleaning the oil splatter all over the kitchen & still IT WILL SMELL HORRIBLE!

Pop it in the oven & minutes later enjoy your dinner without worrying about any cleaning!

Salmon & Butter Lemon Sauce …simply a match made in heaven!

After spending a full 2 weeks eating salmon with butter lemon sauce, I had to come up with a homemade version. It took me months (I think actually a whole year) to perfect the sauce; it either came out too heavy or too acidic & never the right consistency! Finally after almost giving up, I nailed it yaaaaaaaaay :)

Surprise! It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare!

If you taste the sauce alone, you will think its too acidic but just spoon it over the salmon & you will simply fall in love with this perfect balance!

OVEN BAKED SALMON WITH BUTTER LEMON SAUCE

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
For the Salmon:

  • 2 salmon fillet
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

For the Butter Lemon Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp cold butter separated
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dill chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C for about 5-8 minutes until hot. 
  2. In a baking tray, place the salmon with the marinade ingredients. 
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 180 degrees C & place the salmon tray on the middle rack. 
  4. Cook for 8-10 minutes* until its color becomes light pink (open the broiler for a couple of minutes to have a nice golden color on the top). 
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the butter lemon sauce: heat the lemon juice in a small pan over medium heat until reduced to half.
  6. Hold the pan above the stove flame, add 1 tbsp butter & swirl the pan slowly to dissolve it. Once the butter dissolves, add the second tbsp & swirl to dissolve it completely. You will now have a yellow creamy sauce.
  7. Put the pan back on the flame & reduce heat to low. Add the cream & bring to a very low simmer (DON’T BOIL). 
  8. Turn off the heat, season with salt & pepper. 
  9. Take the salmon out of the oven, drizzle with the butter lemon sauce + dill & serve immediately. 

Notes:

  • The salmon cooking time might decrease or increase a minute or 2 depending on the thickness of your salmon.
  • The butter lemon sauce has to be served immediately otherwise the sauce will thicken. 

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