Lemon Garlic Salmon

This post is one of my originals when I first started to blog. You’ll notice some very beginner photography that is part of my blogging journey (and so it remains on the blog to show how blogs can evolve over time).

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Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about the “super foods” that are recommended for us to increase in our daily lives. You know the oldies, but goldies of super foods: olive oil, garlic, almonds, tomatoes, avocados, blueberries, spinach, salmon, just to name a few. This year, there seems to be more chatter about Greek yogurt and several others. Well, it just so happens that my niece gave me one of Ina Gartner’s Barefoot Contessa cookbooks (Back To Basics) for Christmas, in which she shared a creamy topping for baked potatoes using Greek yogurt. Hmmmm, I’d never thought of that and so I tried her recipe.

In Ina’s recipe, she combines Greek yogurt with sour cream and chives in order to lighten it up. Sounds good to me, since I’m still trying to lose weight while eating delicious food. This is quite a challenge for me to achieve.
But what to prepare alongside the creamy topped potatoes? Well, don’t forget . . . salmon is also on that super food list! So salmon baked in a lemony, garlic, olive oil sauce sang out to my heart to pair with Ina’s potatoes. And it was both light, yummy, and oh so incredibly easy!
First, I want you to know that I went to Whole Foods to the fresh fish case and picked out the most gorgeous Wild Atlantic red salmon. The nutritionists have said that its best to use the ‘wild’ variety of salmon. Just look at these salmon fillets . . . unbelievable, intense color! They almost looks like ahi tuna!


Now this isn’t a recipe that I found anywhere, I’ve been making this for years now from ingredients that I always keep in my pantry and frig: olive oil, lemons, garlic powder, butter, and lemon pepper. That’s it!

Lemon-Garlic Salmon
What you need to prepare the salmon:
juice from 1/4 lemon
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. lemon pepper
Several shakes of Mrs. Dash Table Blend (no salt)
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 salmon fillets

What you need to do to make the salmon:
Melt the butter and blend with the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic powder.

Gently drizzle the mixture over the salmon fillets. Sprinkle the lemon pepper and Mrs. Dash Table Blend spices over the fillets.

Cut up a few slices of lemon and lay them on top of the fillets.

Such beautiful color and contrast!

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 – 20 minutes or until your preferred level of done-ness.


And now to make Barefoot Contessa’s baked potatoes:

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What you need to have and do for the potatoes:
 
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (low fat)
1/2 cup sour cream (I used regular, but you can also use low fat if you like)
2 Tbsp. chopped chives
salt and pepper
2 – 4 Idaho potatoes, scrubbed clean
Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour in a 400 degree oven or until soft.
Blend the yogurt, sour cream and chives together.
Add salt and pepper to your desired level and blend well
Top the potatoes with this mixture.
That’s it!
 
Enjoy this really easy, tasty, flavorful, yet healthy entree and side dish!
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Comments

  1. That salmon looks beautiful. I was curious about Ina’s baked potatoes with greek yogurt and am glad to hear that you liked them. A great and healthy meal.

  2. Great recipe and great blog!Are you italian or do you have italian roots?
    I’m following you now and can’t wait to see the next recipe!
    Have a lovely evening!
    Ciao e a presto
    Annalisa from Italy

  3. Superb recipe, dear Roz ! You’re always sharing so beautiful and mouth watering recipes ! I’m so proud to be your follower and have all these culinary treasures from your kitchen to ours :)

    xoxoxo

  4. I’m making salmon tacos for dinner tonight! And I love greek yogurt too…

  5. Your salmon recipe looks very good..I do love salmon and eat it once a week:) I have all of Ina’s recipe books, they are my favorite recipes to make.. she never disappoints me.

  6. The salmon looks fabulous and I loved the simplicity of Ina’s potatoes. They tasted heavenly for being so easy!

  7. Fabulous dish!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for all of your nice words. I {heart} your blog too. This recipe looks yummy…in my house, if you put lemon on something it is a sure thing. We just made lemon basil red potatoes last night.
    Holly @ 504 Main

    I’ll be following you!

  9. OK, have to leave this comment here…I cannot find your email address..I grabbed your button. I have one…but as redesigning it hopefully tonight. I followed you…but when I went to do it…I was already following you…I must have done that awhile back. So – who knew…I was already a follower! I have the hardest time getting to my dashboard/reader…so glad we were able to connect!Did that all make sense?
    Ciao!
    Holly

  10. Yum, yum, Roz! I am always looking for different things to do with salmon and this sounds delicious. I make my own Greek style yogurt too & in fact just made a batch! Will have to try her topping.

  11. That salmon is gorgeously hued. This whole meal looks wonderful.

  12. Roz,
    That salmon looks so mouth watering. We eat a lot of salmon so it’s nice to get a new recipe.
    Mimi

  13. Salmon is just one of those dishes I could eat every day. I have Ina’s cookbook Back to Basics so will need to check out the potatoes.

  14. Great looking salmon, Roz. We love wild salmon and fish at our house. Wild is much better because too many fish farms feed CORN to their fish, some add red coloring to salmon!

  15. Oh man, you just made the Sicilian VERY happy!

    Thanks for stopping by on SITS day! Your blog is lovely. You go on my blog roll now! Oh yes you do! Following and have to say, I make my salmon like this too and can’t wait to check out your recipes and take on a beautiful life! *fist pound*

  16. I am a big fan of greek yogurt, I love the tart taste. I haven’t used it on baked potatoes before. Just never occurred to me. So this will be a must to try. The salmon looks very inviting. Just another excellent recipe, Roz.

  17. What a fabulous way to prepare salmon – it sounds so flavorful and refreshing!

  18. So DELIGHTED to find this recipe for Salmon.
    My hub is always wanting me to prepare Salmon for him!
    He will love this!
    Love your blog!
    Love your pictures!
    Delighted to find your blog!
    xoxoxo
    Teresa
    Bainbridge Island, WA

  19. What a lovely meal Roz and look at that salmon – gorgeous!! I love the idea of Greek yogurt mixed with sour cream for the potatoes. I’ve started eating Greek yogurt and can’t believe what I’ve been missing all these years. It’s to die for! Your dish looks delicious and thank you so much for entering it into this month’s culinary smackdown. Good luck!

  20. the perfect combination, fish, lemon and potato, the typical English combination, specially the potato and the fish, this is soo tradicional in this part of Europe.

  21. The salmon looks gorgeously yummy!!! So mouth watering and healthy too! Will be surfing your site for all your wonderful recipes. Thank you!

  22. This is a wonderful site. It is our main duty to find out that what we want to do in the future life. It will must be fixed and we should follow the best way.Keep posting!

  23. Sensational salmon!!! This was so delicious, I served it with mashed sweet potato and steamed greens. Devine!

    • I am so glad that you enjoyed it . . . preparing salmon this way is one of our all-time favorites! Plus it is so good for our health! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment!

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