This is one of my favorite recipes for baked salmon because it is so easy, flavorful, and delicious. I never enjoyed eating salmon earlier in life but decided to make an effort to eat more salmon because of the health benefits and recommendations! This was the first recipe I have ever tried and I fell in love with Salmon. I now eat it regularly!
My hint with salmon is to buy the wild (as opposed to farmed) because it has more of a fresh taste (not that nasty fishy aftertaste). My favorite brand is the Kirkland Signature (Costco) Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon. I highly recommend trying it!
Why Eat Omega-3 Fats?
Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fats! Omega-3 Fats are responsible for feeding your brain! Research has shown that Omega-3 fats have been linked to: improved memory and brain health, eye function, and improved heart health. Omega 3 fats are necessary for the process of building new cells (which is super important because our bodies are constantly building new cells all day long). Omega-3 fats are essential to our body functioning properly.
Fish Oil Supplements?
Recommendations suggest that getting our nutrients from food sources is better for you compared to getting nutrients from supplements. So, unless directed by a health professional, skip the fish oil supplement and work in omega-3 rich fish choices twice a week into your diet.
Other Seafood Options High In Omega-3 Fats
Fish that are high in Omega-3 fats are: salmon, fresh tuna, trout, halibut, shrimp, and sardines.
Easy Lemon, Garlic, & Herb Baked Salmon
- 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 6 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley can used dried too!
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning find low sodium kind if possible
- 1 Teaspoon Dill fresh or dried
- In a medium glass bowl (or a Quart sized Ziploc bag), prepare marinade by mixing garlic, olive oil (extra virgin), basil, pepper, lemon juice, parsley, lemon pepper seasoning, and dill. Properly unthaw salmon (see the back of packaging for instructions but do not just leave it on the counter. That can increase your risk for Food Bourne illness). Place salmon in marinade for at least 1 hour. Make sure the fish are covered in marinade as much as possible. If you used a glass bowl, turn occasionally.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and fold up sides of salmon to seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, bake 35-45 minutes, until salmon easily flakes with fork. Can top with extra dill, lemon pepper seasoning, or lemon juice if desired.
- I usually enjoy this recipe with cous cous, quinoa, and/or fresh steamed vegetables!