BAKED LEMON GARLIC SALMON

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Busy cooks, you’ll love this tender, perfectly flaky baked lemon garlic salmon! It takes little prep and less than 20 minutes to cook! Salmon baked in foil is a smart technique that ensures perfectly cooked, moist salmon every single time. Plus, clean up is a breeze.

aside from the fact that salmon is of the good-for-you Mediterranean diet foods, it is a beautiful, tasty fish that makes a “fancy” dinner in a snap. But many people are intimidated by the idea of cooking a large salmon fillet because it can easily turn out too dry or bland. Not the case here.Salmon is a hefty, fatty, robust fish, it can stand up to big bold flavors without being overwhelmed. In fact, salmon needs big bold flavors. That’s where our tasty lemon-garlic sauce comes in.

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You’ll love this flavor-packed lemon garlic salmon! It is tender, moist, and perfectly flaky. Best part, it’s so easy to make, even for less experienced cooks.

INGREDIENTS

For Salmon:

  • 2 lb salmon fillet
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil (I used Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil)
  • ½ lemon, sliced into rounds
  • Parsley for garnish

For Lemon-Garlic Sauce:

  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I used Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil)
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2.  Make the lemon-garlic sauce. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the lemon juice, lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano, paprika and black pepper. Give the sauce a good whisk.
  3. Prepare a sheet pan lined with a large piece of foil (should be large enough to fold over salmon). Brush top of the foil with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Now, pat salmon dry and season well on both sides with kosher salt. Place it on the foiled sheetpan. Top with lemon garlic sauce (make sure to spread the sauce evenly.)
  5. Fold foil over the salmon (seam-side up). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until salmon is almost completely cooked through at the thickest part (cooking time will vary based on the thickness of your fish. If your salmon is thinner, check several minutes early to ensure your salmon does not overcook. If your piece is very thick, 1 ½ or more inches, it may take a bit longer.)
  6. Carefully remove from oven and open foil to uncover the top of the salmon.  Place under the broiler briefly, about 3 minutes or so. Watch closely as it broils to make sure it doesn’t overcook and the garlic does not burn.)
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