Chances are, if you’ve ever eaten dinner at my house, you have most likely been served this dish at some point. It’s my most requested recipe, and it’s been known to convert salmon haters into salmon lovers! It’s extremely simple, based on the basics of a smoked salmon dip, and takes just a few minutes to assemble. There are so many ways to adjust the flavors in this recipe to suit your palate, so feel free to adjust the seasonings to taste.
The base of this recipe is mayonnaise. It could certainly be substituted for Greek yogurt to suit a healthier lifestyle, but I happen to LOVE mayonnaise, so I never change this component. I also love dill, so I never even measure it when I add it to the mix. I usually just rip off a large handful and throw it in! The recipe also calls for horseradish which adds a spicy, vinegary component, but I use it sparsely so that it doesn’t overpower the dish. Lastly, the lemon adds a nice fresh tangy flavor, which pairs really well with the dill.
I prefer to broil the salmon. It gives a brown crust and flavor to the the top spread that you just don’t get with baking. You want to make sure that you don’t broil on the very top rack, so that the top of the fish doesn’t brown too quickly. However, depending on how thick the salmon is, it may need a little extra time in the oven after the top is browned. If so, either turn off the broiler and leave the salmon in the oven for an extra 5 minutes or so (it will stay hot). Otherwise you could off the broiler and turn the oven on 400° for a few minutes. I like to eat my salmon cooked medium, so at this stage I really keep an eye on the salmon so that it doesn’t overcook.
If you’re not sure whether the salmon is cooked, try to lift a layer of the outer flesh with a fork. If it raises and flakes easily, it’s most likely done. Otherwise it probably needs a few more minutes in the oven. Check it every 2 minutes until it reaches your desired doneness. If you want your salmon to be cooked medium, you will be looking for a center that is slightly translucent.
Put this recipe in your regular rotation. It’s a delicious and simple way to add a healthy boost of omega-3’s to your diet!
- 1 lb salmon filet, skin on
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp chopped dill (or more or less to suit your taste)
- ½ lemon, freshly squeezed
- ¾ tsp horseradish, drained
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Rinse salmon and pat dry
- Mix mayonnaise, chopped dill, lemon juice, horseradish, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. (this may be prepared several hours ahead of time and refrigerated) Adjust flavors to taste.
- Preheat broiler and set oven rack to second position.
- Smear herbed lemon mayo over salmon and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Broil until the mayonnaise browns, about 7-10 mins, and check salmon for doneness.
- If it needs additional time in oven, turn off broiler and leave salmon to cook for additional time, or set oven to 400 and continue cooking until salmon reaches desired doneness.
- Serve with additional herbed mayonnaise.
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