Dilled Salmon Recipe

Heather says:

I have updated this dilled salmon from an old baked salmon recipe that used mayonnaise.  Those who know how much I dislike mayonnaise are not the least bit surprised.  Fish is much more delicate than chicken, pork, or beef.  I will not be giving a specific cook time as oven temperatures vary and the thickness of your fillets will make a difference, too.  Remember, the starting temperature of the fish matters, too. If it has just thawed and still contains flecks of ice, it will take longer than if you just got home from the grocery store and it is approaching room temperature.

If you use a metal baking sheet your cook time will be shorter than if you use a ceramic or glass baking dish

Remember when checking the salmon that raw salmon has a translucent —you can sort of see through it— appearance; cooked salmon will be opaque and will flake—separate into pieces— easily with a fork. Overcooked salmon will be dry and not have as much flavor. 

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Dilled Salmon with Garlic Recipe

[There’s a printable recipe below this one.]

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (Be absolutely sure to use plain and not flavored yogurt.)
  • 1 clove garlic – minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • salt to taste (just a pinch should be enough)

Preheat the oven 400°F. Stir together the yogurt, garlic, dill, and ground pepper. Place the salmon skin down and smear the yogurt mixture across the salmon. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Don’t judge by the sauce, slice it and look at the flesh. Check the fish after 10 minutes, unless you are baking especially thick salmon it should be done by 15.

Yields 4 servings.

Easy salmon recipe that will have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Dilled Salmon with garlic
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb salmon
  2. 1/3 cup plain yogurt (Be absolutely sure to use plain and not flavored yogurt.)
  3. 1 clove garlic – minced
  4. 1/2 tsp dried dill
  5. 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  6. salt to taste (just a pinch should be enough)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven 400°F.
  2. Stir together the yogurt, garlic, dill, and ground pepper.
  3. Place the salmon skin down and smear the yogurt mixture across the salmon.
  4. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Don’t judge by the sauce, slice it and look at the flesh.
  6. Check the fish after 10 minutes, unless you are baking especially thick salmon it should be done by 15.
Notes
  1. I did not give a specific cook time as oven temperatures vary and the thickness of your fillets will make a difference, too. Remember, the starting temperature of the fish matters, too. If it has just thawed and still contains flecks of ice, it will take longer than if you just got home from the grocery store and it is approaching room temperature.
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6 Comments

  1. Heather on April 1, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Cara you are very lucky. I need to make some fishing friends here, but salmon isn’t going to be one of the options. Sea bass is pretty common, but that works better for pan frying.



  2. Cara on March 31, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Hubby goes to Lake Ontario every Labor Day weekend to fish for salmon so I have plenty in the freezer!



  3. Heather on March 30, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I had originally planned on having butter beans, steamed vegetables, and cornbread, but I ended up with a cranky baby so I switched to peas and baked sweet potatoes (both are very low effort).

    Offhand, here are a few suggestions: roast, baked, or any cheese and potato concoction. Rice, noodles with a garlicky sauce, or pilaf.
    Steamed vegetables, roasted vegetables, most sauteed vegetables. I would stay away from any sides with an Asian flair as I feel ginger would not compliment the creamy dill and garlic.



  4. JRae on March 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Ok, I’m definitely making this salmon this week. 🙂 What sides do you think would go well with this? I always have trouble choosing sides… why I usually just make 1 dish meals… lol!



  5. JRae on March 30, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Mmm, this looks yummy! I’ve never cooked salmon before. Are there seasons for fish or something? Is now a good time to buy? 🙂



  6. joan on March 30, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I love salmon. I’ve been pan searing mine lately. I used to grill it but I think that tended to dry it out more.