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Simplest Salmon

An empty fridge resulted in my new favorite salmon recipe

Simplest Salmon

Why it's on our list

After we lost power in Dallas, we had to throw out everything in the fridge. I hadn't realized how reliant I was on my various condiments like mustard, capers, fresh herbs to whip up a simple dish until they were gone. One night when Lance was out of town, I decided to bake a piece of salmon using ingredients he doesn't like - mustard, capers, dill but I found myself with none of these items. What I did have on hand was a shallot and some lemons. So I got to work on what was one of the best salmon dishes I've ever made and probably the easiest! This is for one serving but you can adjust for more.


  • 1 5-6 ounce center cut filet of salmon, skin off

  • salt & pepper

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 shallot thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon


Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees

Pat your salmon dry with paper towels and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil on one side and spread around using a brush. Salt and pepper that side. Flip with tongs and repeat. Place the shallots on top and around the fish. Drizzle a little bit more evoo and S&P. Place the sliced lemon on top overlapping. Drizzle a little bit more evoo and S&P. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes until salmon is opaque and flaky when pulled apart with a fork. You can broil the last 1-2 minutes if desired to char the lemons but I wouldn't cook it for the full 12-15 if your doing this or the fish will over cook.


Serve it up!

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