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Lemon-herb roasted salmon

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
31 min
16 min
15 min
Give salmon fabulous flavor with fresh herbs, lemon zest, and lemon juice in this easy entrée that’s ready in about 30 minutes. We used pink salmon fillets because they are less fatty than some other salmon varieties. When the salmon flakes when pierced with a fork, that’s a good indicator it’s done. Be sure to zest the lemon before you juice it. You will need about 2 lemons to produce enough zest and juice for this recipe. We love the mix of fresh herbs in this dish, but you can use whatever mix you like; rosemary and basil would also work beautifully. For a little heat, stir some red pepper flakes into the herb mixture. Salmon makes a great, portable lunch. Pair it with your favorite grain, roasted vegetables, or fresh crunchy ones, like spiralized daikon. A little soy sauce and pickled ginger are perfect additions.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Uncooked wild pink salmon fillet(s)

1½ pound(s), four 6-oz pieces about 1-inch-thick each (also known as humpback salmon)

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

tsp, coarsely ground, or to taste

Lemon zest

1 tsp, finely grated (plus extra for garnish, if desired)

Fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp, divided


1½ Tbsp

Fresh parsley

1 Tbsp, chopped (plus extra for garnish, if desired)

Fresh thyme

1 Tbsp, chopped (plus extra for garnish, if desired)

Fresh oregano

1 tsp

Minced garlic

1 tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat small shallow baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Season both sides of salmon with salt and black pepper. Place salmon in prepared baking dish and drizzle with 2 tbsp lemon juice. Roast salmon until almost cooked through, about 13 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk 1 tsp lemon zest, sugar, 1 tbsp parsley, 1 tbsp thyme, oregano, garlic, and remaining 2 tbsp lemon juice until sugar dissolves.
  4. Top salmon with lemon-herb mixture. Continue to roast until salmon flakes with fork, about 2 minutes more. Garnish with grated lemon zest and more chopped herbs (if using).